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Queensland Catholics look to the hope of Easter hope in the wake of Cyclone Debbie

Proserpine Church

FR Jose Koyickal was looking forward to a special Easter full of hope in Proserpine despite the destruction swathe Cyclone Debbie cut threw his Whitsunday parish. Cyclone Debbie destroyed houses, farm sheds and equipment, and damaged the sugar cane crop around Proserpine. It caused major damage and flash flooding in tourist hotels and businesses in nearby Airlie Beach and Whitsunday ... Read More »

Christian survey reveals ambivalence in Australia

Christian Survey results

ABOUT a half of all Australians believe in God or a higher power, but less than one in five are regularly attending church. According to National Church Life Survey  director Dr Ruth Powell recent figures showed a belief in God and church attendance were declining. “At fifty-nine per cent, the proportion of Australians who say they believe in God or ... Read More »

Fear and Anxiety in Australia explored by ACU panellists

ACU dinner

IS Australia in a time of fear? If so, what are we afraid of and what does this mean for our future? These were the questions posed to four eminent panellists at the Australian Catholic University’s fifth annual stakeholder dinner in Brisbane on March 21. The panellists were Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge, ACU vice-chancellor and president Professor Greg Craven, Catholic ... Read More »

Jesuit Father John Reilly remembered as a dedicated spiritual father, retreat director

Fr John Reilly

AUSTRALIA’S longest-serving Jesuit superior who directed silent retreats for hundreds of priests, religious and lay Catholics, Fr John Reilly, has been remembered as a dedicated spiritual father at his funeral at St Ignatius Church, Toowong today. Fr Reilly, who was the former superior to the Jesuits in Brisbane for 12 years, died peacefully on March 15 aged 88. He leaves ... Read More »

Youth Off the Streets leader says young offenders need help

Fr Chris Riley

AUSTRALIA’S youth justice system is under extreme pressure. In the past few months incarcerated juveniles have rioted in Queensland, Western Australia and Victoria, with serious incidents in the Northern Territory. On November 10, up to 20 young offenders at Townsville’s Cleveland Detention Centre went on a night-long rampage that forced prison staff into hiding. Some sustained serious injuries and were ... Read More »

‘Please pray for me’: New bishop belongs to Lismore

Bishop Gregory Homeming

Bishop Gregory Homeming addressed the congregation at the end of the Mass for his episcopal ordination and installation as the Bishop of Lismore in St Carthageís Cathedral on February 22. This is some of what he said. IN thanking people, I will name very few, because if I name some I will offend others. I have two that I want ... Read More »

New horizons in sight following Royal Commission hearings on the Catholic Church

Royal commission hearing

IN the wake of the Catholic Church’s final hearing before the Royal Commission into child sexual abuse, Church leaders from across Australia have held a day of “reflection and conversation” on child safety. The three-week Royal Commission hearing investigated the Church’s response to a crisis of child sexual abuse by members over six decades, and particularly the Church’s plans for child ... Read More »