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What Brisbane Catholics are reading this summer

Whether holidays are the one time of the year you can do some serious reading or you are looking for a good thriller to take to the beach, several Brisbane Catholics have a recommendation to fit the bill, from travel to memoir, and crime fiction, books about saints to papal documents. Pam Betts, Brisbane Catholic Education, executive director Dear Pope Francis: ... Read More »

Breathe a testament to true love in the context of marriage

INSPIRATIONAL and emotionally heavy, Breathe demonstrates what the power of hope can achieve in one’s life, even when confronted by great challenges. Set in the 1950s, Robin Cavendish (Andrew Garfield) is an exuberant young man in his late 20s. After having spent seven years in the army as a rifleman he decides to enter into a tea-brokering business with a ... Read More »

The Heart of the Saints

Front Cover of Fire to the Earth by Fr Ken Barker MGL

FIRE TO THE EARTH: THE HEART OF THE SAINTS Fr Ken Barker MGL; Modotti Press, an Imprint of Connor Court Publishing Pty Ltd. Redland Bay, Qld 2017 Reviewed by Barbara Flynn. ON February 3, 1986 Father Ken Barker joined with four young men in Kaleen, Canberra to begin a common life of prayer and service. By December 1992, Archbishop Francis ... Read More »

Just Compassion

JUST COMPASSION: A PRIEST’S QUEST FOR HUMAN RIGHTS Fr Wally Dethlefs; Tafina Press, 2017.   Review of Just Compassion by Dr Ann Morgan Few people manage to integrate passion, integrity and ethical principles in their life and work in the manner demonstrated by Fr Wally Dethlefs. His book portrays these qualities in an unpretentious narrative that offers inspiration. There is ... Read More »

Strangers in a Strange Land

Front Cover of Strangers in a Strange Land by Archbishop of Philadelphia Charles J. Chaput

STRANGERS IN A STRANGE LAND: LIVING THE CATHOLIC FAITH IN A POST-CHRISTIAN WORLD Archbishop Charles J. Chaput; Henry Holt and Company, New York; 2017 Reviewed by CNS “WE are passing through a revolution of sorts in America,” says Philadelphia Archbishop Charles J. Chaput. Following such upheavals in the nation’s moral life as the “normalisation of pornography, premarital sex, divorce (and) ... Read More »

Finding Dory: Aquatic adventure runs deep

FINDING DORY: Starring Ellen DeGeneres, Idris Elba, Michael Sheen, Ty Burrell, Diane Keaton, Albert Brooks, Hayden Rolence. Directed by Andrew Stanton and Angus MacLane. Rated G (Some scenes may scare young children) By John Mulderig FANS of the 2003 animated adventure Finding Nemo have reason to rejoice – the long wait for a sequel is over, and the follow-up Finding ... Read More »

Sir Julius Chan played the game to win

Sir Julius Chan

SIR Julius Chan played a pivotal role in shaping Papua New Guinea’s first 40 years of independence.Playing the Game is his fascinating account of the exciting birth of PNG as a nation, and the challenging years that followed.It is also the story of a man who grew up with a fight-to-win determination, shaped by his humble upbringing, and his formative ... Read More »

Brisbane country singer makes dream trip to Nashville

Bridget O'Shannessy

RISING Brisbane country musician Bridget O’Shannessy (pictured) had her childhood wish granted when she made her debut performance in America’s music city last week. The 16-year-old from Brisbane played her first live performance in Nashville, Tennessee, as a finalist for an international song competition. The talented young singer also met with major music producers, record company representatives and songwriters to ... Read More »

Man who walked around the world returns to Panama to thank a stranger

The Road to Adolfo

IMAGINE a stranger walks through your street, barely able to stand after hiking for 45km. He asks the nearby locals for a place to sleep. They laugh. Agitated by their amusement, you consider putting him up in your house, but fear this tall white man may not fit in your one-bedroom home with barely four walls. There’s also the issue ... Read More »

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