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Australians want more theology courses

Sr Maeve Louise Heaney

GROWING demand for studying theology has prompted Australian Catholic University to set up a centre in Brisbane specialising in short courses and tailored professional learning. The new Xavier Centre for Theological Formation will launch on August 3, and will operate nationally. “Rather than thinking of theology as something that is just a degree that you do when you are training ... Read More »

German Cardinal Gerhard Müller to speak in Brisbane

Cardinal Gerhard Müller

BRISBANE Catholics have a rare opportunity to hear one of the Church’s foremost theologians speak on July 21. Cardinal Gerhard Müller will deliver a public lecture entitled “Blessed John Henry Newman and an unchangeable deposit of faith”. Cardinal Müller served as the prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith from his appointment by Pope Benedict XVI in ... Read More »

Australian Catholic heritage in safe hands with diocesan archivists

Diocesan archivists in Townsville

IN an age of instant gratification and short-sighted social media, the idea of preserving old books and artefacts might seem out of place, but it has been the aim of Australian Catholic diocesan archivists for decades – and for good reason. These archivists came from around the country to meet in Townsville for the 16th annual National Conference of Catholic ... Read More »

Aussie polar explorer Jade Hameister tells Vatican conference to act faster on global warming threat

Jade Hameister

A YOUNG Australian explorer has shared her witness of melting polar ice at a Vatican conference discussing the devastating impacts of climate change. Seventeen-year-old Jade Hameister, the youngest person ever to ski both the North and South poles and to cross the polar ice cap on Greenland, implored world leaders to give her generation “a fighting chance” in combating global ... Read More »

More than 2000 Australia priests reject breaking seal of confession

Confessional

CLERGY advocacy groups representing more than 2000 priests across Australia have rejected outright breaking the seal of confession, even if it becomes law in some states and territories. The National Council of Priests of Australia, with 1700 members, rejects new laws announced in South Australia, Tasmania, the ACT and Western Australia –which would require priests to break the seal of ... Read More »

Proclaim Conference explores new ways of contemplating the face of Christ

Archbishop Coleridge

THIS is a spirit moment for the Church, Archbishop Mark Coleridge has told the Proclaim 2018 conference in Brisbane, challenging Catholic delegates to renew and rejuvenate the Church in Australia. “I am intensely conscious as I sat amongst you that I face the danger of being pale, male and stale,” Archbishop Coleridge said. “Here at Proclaim what we set ourselves ... Read More »

Self-taught sailor riding waves for Indigenous literacy lands safely in USA

Andrew Brazier enters marina in Los Angeles

HELEN of Troy may have launched a thousand ships, but it was the hope to see Indigenous people read a medical script that launched Andrew Brazier’s ship to Los Angeles. The young doctor from the Blue Mountains completed his 15,000km solo journey from Sydney to Los Angeles to raise money for the Indigenous Literacy Foundation earlier this month. The former ... Read More »

Nursing student to advocate for social change in Indigenous communities through scholarship

Kate Gavin in Rome

NURSING student Kate Gavin will honour Indigenous women from as she prepares to study in Rome thanks to a scholarship from the Australian Catholic University. The Australian Catholic University student from Brisbane was named the 2018 Francis Xavier Conaci scholarship recipient, which will allow her to study at the institution’s Rome campus. Named after an Aboriginal boy from Australia who ... Read More »

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