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Eritrean Catholic escapes ‘brutal dictatorship’ and settles in multicultural Australia, raising family

A BRISBANE father-of-three shudders when he thinks of the terror inside Eritrea. “It is a dictatorship, a brutal dictatorship,” former Eritrean Catholic school teacher Tek Tesfaldet said. “The country is a big prison. I got out.” Mr Tesfaldet (pictured) fled Eritrea without a passport 15 years ago, spending time in neighbouring Sudan, before eventually reaching Australia with the help of ... Read More »

Migrants and refugees bring energy and dynamism, says Bishop Vincent Long at Brisbane conference

PARRAMATTA Bishop Vincent Long has praised the contribution of waves of refugees and migrants to Australia during a seminar in Brisbane marking the start of a three-day national conference on Missionary Clergy and Religious in Australia. “Migrants and refugees always bring energy and dynamism to a new country,” Bishop Long said, speaking at the Ninth Bishop Joe Grech Memorial Colloquium ... Read More »

Key Plenary Council topics emerge from final report of the Listening and Dialogue phase

CELIBACY for priests, the role of women, and the inclusion of divorced and remarried Catholics were among “strongly discussed” topics contained in the Plenary Council 2020’s latest report. The final report of the council’s Listening and Dialogue phase captures the voice of more than 222,000 Australians and provides insights into 17,457 individual and group submissions. Plenary council president Perth Archbishop ... Read More »

Hailing St Mary’s in Maryborough, parish commemorates 150 years of Catholic heritage

SINCE 1869, Maryborough families have flocked to the steps of St Mary’s Church to receive the sacraments, forging a Catholic heritage commemorated at a 150-year anniversary event on July 26. Parish priest Missionary Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament Father George Joseph, Bishop Brian Finnigan, Fr Adrian Farrelly, Fr David Pascoe and Fr Pat Dowd were present for a liturgical blessing ... Read More »

Sr Rose enters novitiate with the Sisters of Life, rejoicing in the ‘little miracles’ of her vocation

CHILDHOOD dress-up games at the Webb family house often heard an unlikely name floating around the children’s play – Sr Rose. It was no miraculous apparition of a long-lost religious sister. It was young Nancy Webb’s playtime pseudonym and the name she recently took at her profession to the Sisters of Life – Sr Rose Patrick O’Connor. Her father Paul ... Read More »

Parish exults two great voyages – 100 years at St Brendan’s Church and 50 years at St Pius X Church

VOYAGING like its patron St Brendan the Navigator, Moorooka Salisbury parish commemorated two great voyages – the centenary of St Brendan’s Church, Moorooka, and the 50th anniversary of St Pius X Church, Salisbury.  Parishioner Penny Parker said the weekend was “wonderful”. “It was just a lovely atmosphere in the whole two churches,” Ms Parker said. “There was a lot of ... Read More »

Church advocates seek lost wages for 22 Pacific Island seasonal workers exploited in Queensland

CATHOLIC religious advocates are pressing federal politicians to support an act of grace payment for 22 Pacific Island seasonal workers exploited and underpaid by a Queensland labour-hire firm. The workers from Vanuatu suffered “appalling treatment” and were underpaid tens of thousands of dollars when they were employed to pick fruit and vegetables in the Lockyer Valley, Sunshine Coast and Bundaberg. “The disgrace of coming ... Read More »

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