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Author Archives: Emilie Ng

Making sense of Divine Mercy Sunday

Divine Mercy image

APRIL 30 in the new millennium went down in history as the happiest day in Pope John Paul II’s life. The pope had just declared a fellow Polish Catholic a saint, and he made a surprise announcement, offering the universal Church a new feast day, to be celebrated every second Sunday of Easter. This new feast was at the request ... Read More »

From casinos to Christ’s Divine Mercy: One man’s journey to healing

Andre Adolphe

ANDRÉ Adolphe’s car drove itself to the casino. The motor vehicle took him right up to the Gold Coast’s “Taj Mahal”, ending his personal five-year gambling recession. He walked into the casino with $167 and came out with $800. The Apostle Paul’s letter to the Romans where he speaks of the spiritual warfare that confounds the will to do good ... Read More »

Brisbane Catholics rejoice as Church approves canonisation of Fatima visionaries Francisco and Jacinta Marto

Fatima children

VISIONARIES Francisco and Jacinta Marto, two of the three Fatima children who witnessed Marian apparitions 100 years ago, will be canonised on May 13. Pope Francis will canonise the two saintly siblings during his visit to Fatima for the 100th anniversary celebrations, making them the youngest non-martyrs to be declared saints in the Church’s history. Brisbane Catholics who are preparing ... Read More »

Australian young Catholic tells planning meeting for synod, WYD to listen to youth

Ashleigh Green at conference in Rome

Young Australian Ashleigh Green has told representatives planning the next Synod of Bishops that disadvantaged and marginalised youth are hurting and need to be heard. Ms Green, who is a social worker for CatholicCare in the Broken Bay diocese, represented Australia at an international conference in Rome from April 5 to 9 alongside director for the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference ... Read More »

Irish rebel’s headstone to be blessed on Easter Monday

William Ryan

IRISH rebel William Ryan has received a headstone to honour his role in Ireland’s independence battle nearly 60 years after being buried in an unmarked grave. Mr Ryan was one of the rebels who fought as a volunteer in the Dublin GPO during Easter Week 1916, and later in Ireland’s War of Independence. He migrated to Brisbane in 1926 and ... Read More »

Parish heeds request to pray Rosary every day for 100-year Fatima anniversary

Children of Fatima

MARY’S request 100 years ago for three young children from Fatima to pray the Rosary every day has now been taken up by a parish in Brisbane archdiocese. Fr Terence Nueva has introduced the Fatima Covenant in his parish, Our Lady of Fatima in Acacia Ridge, to encourage individuals, families and groups to help pray the Rosary every day in ... Read More »

How a Catholic parish’s clever housing initiative saved a little boy’s life

Alex, Yenny and Gabriel Malaver

COLOMBIAN migrants Alex and Yenny Malaver might be the only parents in Australia who say renting a house saved their son’s life. The young parents, who are originally from Colombia but met in Brisbane through the Catholic Latin American community, are the first migrants to benefit from the Jubilee parish’s Head Start Program, which turns weekly rental payments into a ... Read More »

Chrism Mass: Archbishop Coleridge says God “will not fail” to raise men for the priesthood despite Royal Commission sorrow

Priests at the Chrism Mass

PRIESTLY vocations might be fewer in number and “chastened” by the Royal Commission’s hearings into abuse in the Catholic Church but “the gift of priesthood will remain”, Archbishop Mark Coleridge said. The Archbishop reiterated the anointed call of men to the priesthood during the Chrism Mass at St Stephen’s Cathedral on April 6, where priests of Brisbane archdiocese renewed their ... Read More »