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Nanango’s Little Cathedral in the Bush turning 100

By Michael Crutcher THIS weekend, the Nanango Catholic community will mark 100 years to the minute when the foundation stone was laid for their “little cathedral in the bush”. It was a wet, spring afternoon on September 23, 1917 when the stone for the Fr James Bergin Memorial Church was blessed and laid. The blessing was supposed to happen in ... Read More »

Baghdad-born priest kidnapped and tortured by Islamic extremists says Australia is ‘the promise land’ for Iraqi Christian refugees

Fr Douglas Bazi

AN Iraqi-born priest who was kidnapped and tortured by Islamic extremists for nine days says Australia is seen as “the promise land” for thousands of Christians still suffering from genocide in the Middle East. Bagdhad-born Fr Douglas Bazi of the Chaldean Catholic Church told The Catholic Leader that Australia was leading the way in welcoming thousands of Christians forced to ... Read More »

Same-sex marriage supporters show their ugly side outside Brisbane Catholic church

same sex marriage protesters

EYEWITNESSES have described “an angry chanting crowd” of protesters outside a Brisbane Catholic church hours after the High Court agreed to allow the same-sex marriage postal vote to go ahead on September 7. Dozens of same-sex marriage supporters chanted, blocked the driveway entrance and spilled into the car park of St Michael’s Church, Dorrington as they awaited people arriving for ... Read More »

Victorian parish nurse for 17 years has plans to expand ministry into Brisbane

Leonie Rastas

SHIVERING from the cold wind rushing through the cemetery, grieving mother Lori O’Keefe tightened the shawl around her shoulders as she buried her son, missing martial arts expert Dan O’Keefe. The discovery of Dan’s body beneath his parent’s Geelong home in 2016 ended a five-year search for the 24 year old, but also prompted a response from parish nurse Leonie ... Read More »

Priestly vocational discernment on the rise in Queensland

Seminarians, priests and young men discerning

RECORD numbers of young men are discerning the priesthood in the Brisbane archdiocese with “extraordinary” hopes for next year’s seminary intake. Vocation Brisbane director Fr Morgan Batt said nineteen young men attended their recent annual Quo Vadis discernment weekend, the largest number in 22 years. Discernment weekends allow young men to spend a weekend at Holy Spirit seminary in Brisbane, ... Read More »

Teacher to jump off Goodwill Bridge for father-in-law with motor neurone disease

Patrick Wedge and Matt Messer

PATRICK Wedge crossed the finish line at two major world marathons with no troubles, but now he can’t even cross the room without feeling “exhausted”. The 69-year-old Geebung parishioner has motor neurone disease, a terminal neurodegenerative illness that has no cure and no treatment. The disease is weakening Mr Wedge’s muscles, as neurons responsible for the muscles that allow him ... Read More »

Fr Hans Zollner: Australians have lost trust in the local Church following sexual abuse scandals

Fr Hans Zollner

ONE of the Church’s front-line fighters against child sexual abuse, German Jesuit Father Hans Zollner, has singled out Australia as a country where “people have lost trust completely” in the Church. “There seems to be almost nil trust in what the Church says,” Fr Zollner, president of the Centre for Child Protection at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, said. ... Read More »

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