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Real Talk is sex education that actually works

Real Talk

TEENAGERS need the Catholic Church’s message about sex and relationships more than ever, managing director of a schools-based Catholic charity Paul Ninnes said. Based on his experience of talking with teenagers in schools through Real Talk Australia, Mr Ninnes said teenagers who have never heard the Church’s message of sexuality have low expectations of relationships. Many of them are also ... Read More »

Four-month renovations under way for St Stephen’s Cathedral facelift

Cathedral renovations

LAYERS of tarpaulins have been the only things stopping a major flood from washing away the priests celebrating Mass at St Stephen’s Cathedral for the past two years.  The 2014 Brisbane hailstorm that forced the closure of dozens of Catholic schools and devastation among churches, also pounded against the roof at St Stephen’s. Cathedral dean Fr David Pascoe said rough ... Read More »

Fr Rob Galea: ‘God, You have permission to ruin my plans’

Fr Rob Galea

WHEN Fr Rob Galea auditioned for the X-Factor television program in 2015 he captured the interest of the nation. Since then the online audience following his catechesis has grown exponentially. But what brought the Maltese-born priest to ordination and who is he? Journalist Selina Venier met up with Fr Galea at last monthís Ignite Conference to find out FR Rob ... Read More »

Fatima apparition more relevant than ever for Australians, religious brother says

fatima

OUR Lady’s famous apparition where she warned people “were falling like leaves into hell” should be a wake up call for Australia, a Brisbane religious Brother has said. De La Salle Brother Max Sculley has heeded these words of the Blessed Virgin Mary as a steadfast promoter of Australian Needs Fatima, an apostolate that promotes a Rosary rally on October ... Read More »

Couples celebrating 50, 60 years of marriage say laughter, communication, and ‘trial and error’ all secrets to lifelong happiness

Masons

Is there a secret to staying married for 50 years and beyond? Journalist Emilie Ng spoke to three couples celebrating Golden Anniversaries and more about love and fidelity in good times and in bad. Losing love letters but not love OUTSIDERS used to make friends at the Jimboomba Dance. Morna had just moved to Beaudesert from Winton, the land of ... Read More »

The man behind the lens: meet our trusty photographer Alan Edgecomb

Alan Edgecomb

ALAN Edgecomb has many virtues as a photographer, but patience would be the top of the list. Since 2011, Mr Edgecomb has been “a fly on the wall” at some of the Brisbane archdiocese’s most historical events, from grand ordinations, emotional funerals, colourful school milestones, parish gatherings and even Pope Francis himself. In some cases, he stands and waits for ... Read More »

105-year-old woman still alive because ‘God’s waiting room is full’

Margherita Vitanza

WORKING hard and avoiding chocolate are the secrets to a long life, according to a St Vincent’s Care Services Kangaroo Point resident Margherita Vitanza who turned a remarkable 105 years last month. Mrs Vitanza celebrated her 105th birthday on September 22 with a birthday morning tea, surrounded by friends and family, including her son Vince Vitanza. “Everybody loves my mother,” ... Read More »

Sydney family will fast from ‘daily luxuries’ including fast food for next 31 days to support traditional marriage

traditional marriage

SYDNEY mum Rosina Gordon will be postponing spontaneous trips for fast food from tomorrow in a bid to show Catholics want marriage laws in Australia untouched. Mrs Gordon, her husband Christopher and the couple’s six children will fast from their favourite family restaurant chain for the whole of October as part of a national month of prayer and fasting for marriage and ... Read More »

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