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Activists protest guns in churches on Anzac Day

gun protest

A FATHER and son, members of the Catholic Worker movement, have demonstrated against soldiers carrying rifles in churches during Anzac Day commemorations. Jim Dowling and his son Franz took their action to the steps of St Stephen’s Cathedral in Brisbane last week, where an Anzac Day service honoured the actions of military service men and women. “There are soldiers with ... Read More »

Families pray and recall sacrifice of loved ones killed in war 100 years ago

Val Davidson looks at the honour roll

UNTIL two weeks ago, Val Davidson believed only one place honoured the memory of her uncle who never returned home from the First World War. Charleville-native Private John Joseph Kenny, who is Mrs Davidson’s father’s older brother, died on his first day of battle in Gaza, Egypt, on April 19, 1917. He was only 23. Mrs Davidson had seen his ... Read More »

Sons with hearing aids inspire Mackay mum’s first book

Schmid family read Bill and Hug

TODDLERS William and Hugo Schmid love many things about their toy dragons, but their favourite feature would definitely be their hearing aids. The young brothers, born to Mackay Catholic mother Julianne Schmid, got hearing aids on their dragons after being fitted with their own pairs of “special ears” after birth. Will and Hugo were both diagnosed with permanent hearing loss ... Read More »

Brisbane men reaching the un-churched through television

Robert Falzon and Mark Doyle

CATHOLIC preachers Robert Falzon and Mark Doyle are used to speaking in front of hundreds and thousands of people, so what’s it like talking to a camera for several hours? According to Mr Falzon, the founder of Catholic ministry MenALIVE and host of a new online video series, it’s a necessary mission for Catholics in Australia. “My interest in television ... Read More »

Sister’s secret to staying 80 years young: work with young people

Sr Elvera Sesta

LEGENDARY educator Sr Elvera Sesta has revealed the reason why she’s stayed in the same school since she was eight years old. The renowned leader in Catholic girls’ education and columnist for The Catholic Leader, who turns 80 on May 1, has spent nearly seven decades at the same school to “remain young”. “Youth have honesty, integrity and enthusiasm, and ... Read More »

Risen Christ calls new Catholics into Brisbane family at Easter

St Mary's new Catholics

NEW Catholics were radiant with joy across Brisbane archdiocese as more than 100 people entered the Church this Easter. At St Mary’s, South Brisbane, parish priest Capuchin Father Lam Vu baptised eight adults and received a further four into full communion with the Church at the Easter Vigil Mass. Another adult was also confirmed at the Easter Vigil. Fr Vu ... Read More »

Plenary Council facilitator Lana Turvey-Collins urging all Church members to speak ‘from their heart and mind’

Lana Turvey-Collins

LANA Turvey-Collins does not shrink from the challenge of leading a high-stakes national conversation about the future of the Catholic Church in Australia. As the facilitator of the Church’s historic Plenary Council 2020, she is leading a three-year “transformative journey” with the cultural reform of the Church on the table. “I am not naïve to the significant changes that many ... Read More »

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