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Brisbane archdiocese preparing to host massive discernment event for Plenary Council 2020

BRISBANE Assembly, an archdiocesan Plenary Council 2020 event, is expected to unite more than 600 Catholics across two days of communal discernment on October 4 and 5 at St Laurence’s College, South Brisbane. Brisbane archdiocesan Plenary Council co-ordinator Eric Robinson said the Brisbane Assembly would be a great chance for people to hear directly from the national facilitation team – ... Read More »

Brisbane centurion celebrates her birthday with friends, family and a surprise papal blessing

GRACE Quane celebrated her 100th birthday surrounded by family, friends and her fellow Yeronga parishioners – and a surprise blessing from Pope Francis. Yeronga parish priest Carmelites of Mary of Immaculate Father Josekutty Vadakkel and members of the parish community organised and presented Mrs Quane with a papal blessing for her 100th birthday. “It was a beautiful occasion from the ... Read More »

Pro-life group says public sentiment running deep against Queensland’s abortion law

A LEADING pro-life campaigner believes there is a strong backlash against Queensland’s abortion law that came into force eight months ago. Emily’s Voice chief executive officer Paul O’Rourke said public sentiment was running deep against abortion and had prompted his pro-life organisation to start a national advertising campaign of billboards and buses. After the Termination of Pregnancy Bill became law ... Read More »

Doctors warn legalising euthanasia could target and harm vulnerable older people

DOCTORS have warned the introduction of voluntary euthanasia laws could be used to target vulnerable older people, and put pressure on those who might consider themselves a burden to others. “As a society we should be judged on our support of a sick, vulnerable and frail elderly,” Australian and New Zealand Society for Geriatric Medicine Queensland president Dr Chrys Pulle ... Read More »

NAIDOC Week celebrations deepen the faith with rich culture, language and connection to land

THE ancient sounds of didgeridoo and clap sticks – not a church organ – broke the silence in Brisbane’s St Stephen’s Cathedral for the start of midday Mass last Sunday. And a group of young male Aboriginal dancers and Torres Strait Islander drummer accompanied the entrance procession. They, along with Indigenous people from around Brisbane, were there for the annual ... Read More »

Multicultural Mass packs Sunnybank church, uniting the many people of God under one faith

A PATCHWORK of vibrant cultures packed Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Sunnybank, for the sixth annual Multicultural Mass last Sunday. Parish administrator Fr Stephen Camiolo said the Mass was an “awesome” experience. He said there were about 750 to 800 people for Mass with a number of parishioners wearing their national dress. Fr Camiolo celebrated the Mass with parish priest ... Read More »

QATSIF scholarships open, encouraging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to lead the way

BUILDING tomorrow’s leaders – the Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Foundation has enjoyed great success in recent years and has just opened its 11th round of scholarships. The foundation supports Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in their completion of Years 11 and 12. QATSIF secretariat director Michael Nayler said last year the foundation took on 1416 new graduates ... Read More »

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