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Author Archives: Emilie Ng

New Brisbane city Vinnies will be a ‘place of mercy and hope’

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CITY dwellers experiencing poverty, loneliness and isolation can turn to a new “centre of charity” that will provide free high-quality emergency goods to people in need. St Vincent de Paul Society opened its new retail shop, better known as a “centre of charity”, on Mary Street in Brisbane’s CBD last month. It is the first Vinnies op shop to open ... Read More »

Iraqi Archbishop sees signs of new life in Syriac refugee families who moved to Australia to escape the Christian genocide

MOSUL’S former archbishop has named Australia one of the best countries for Iraqi refugees to build a new life amidst continued efforts by Islamic State to force a Christian “genocide” in their homeland. Archbishop Georges Casmoussa, an episcopal leader of the Syriac Catholic Church born in Iraq and based in Lebanon, said Australia was the first choice for many refugees ... Read More »

Chaplain says soft attitude to underage drinking at Schoolies “unacceptable”

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ALCOHOL consumption by any persons under the legal age of 18 and use of illegal substances should not be accepted as normal Schoolies behaviour, a Queensland police chaplain has said. Police chaplain Fr Paul Kelly, who supported Gold Coast police during his first Schoolies event last week, said he was stunned by the acceptance of underage drinking and drug use ... Read More »

Jesuit who welcomed thousands into the Church, Fr Peter Quin, was a missionary at heart

Fr Peter Quin

TOOWONG parish priest Fr Peter Quin has been remembered as Australia’s closest resemblance to Jesuit missionary St Francis Xavier following his death. The Jesuit priest from Melbourne who spent the past 12 years as parish priest of St Ignatius’ Parish, Toowong, died in hospital on November 22. An Australian Jesuit province health worker confirmed Fr Quin had suffered from Myelodysplastic ... Read More »

Singing carols is growing in Brisbane (even if it’s stinking hot)

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SINGING traditional carols in churches has become a growing trend in Brisbane’s blistering summer heat. With only weeks until Catholics welcome the Christ child on Christmas day, traditional carols will be a major focus in several Brisbane parishes. Sydney-based arts association Artes Christi will team up with musicians from the Brisbane Oratory choirs at Mary Immaculate, Annerley, for a traditional ... Read More »

Catholic workers make pledge against domestic violence on White Ribbon Day

Jesse Jones

FAMILY mediator Jesse Jones has promised all women living in Australia that he would stand up for them if they were ever put in a violence situation at home. Mr Jones, who works for Centacare’s Family and Relationships Centre in Chermside, made a public pledge on White Ribbon Day to stand up and speak out against family and domestic violence. ... Read More »

The Sydney initiative that is changing the hook-up culture at Schoolies

DO teenagers at Schoolies know what love means? Eight young Australians associated with Sydney-based ministry, The Culture Project, are about the find out when they join the mass crowds at Surfers Paradise this week. Headed by former Gold Coast man Christopher Da Silva, The Culture Project team will be asking teens questions about love, sex and relationships while Schoolies party ... Read More »