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Sr Mary Michael makes history

By Emilie Ng HOBART Catholics witnessed a religious woman’s first profession of vows for the first time in nearly 50 years last month. Sr Mary Michael of the Cross, formerly Simone Smith of Springwood in the Blue Mountains, made her first profession as a Sister of the Immaculata on September 14 in Hobart. The newly professed sister joins a small ... Read More »

Australian theologian ‘stunned’ by news of her Vatican appointment

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By Paul Dobbyn IPSWICH-born Professor Tracey Rowland recently received an email that left her “totally stunned”. It contained a letter signed by Pope Francis announcing she had been appointed as a member of the International Theological Commission. Prof Rowland, dean of Melbourne’s John Paul II Institute for Marriage and Family, was reportedly in Spain in the palace of the Archbishop ... Read More »

Cambodian plan likened to ‘people trafficking’

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By Paul Dobbyn BRISBANE refugee rights activist Freddie Steen described an Australian Government agreement with Cambodia to resettle asylum seekers there as “people trafficking”. “What else can you call it?” the former volunteer at Woolloongabba’s Mercy Family Services Romero Centre said. “Our government is paying another country to take people we don’t want – basically using humans as a commodity. ... Read More »

Faith invigorated at Ignite Conference 2014

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By Emilie Ng BRISBANE’S Ignite Conference has become a place of hope not only to young Catholics, but also to religious men and women and lay Catholics, both young and old. Sister of Nazareth Antonia Ioleme attended the four-day youth event (September 25-28) with fellow sisters to share the beauty of religious life. Sr Ioleme said spending time with many ... Read More »

Young people Igniting the faith

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By Emilie Ng CONTAGIOUS energy and love for Jesus Christ and the Catholic Church touched more than 1200 young people at the Ignite Conference 2014 held in Brisbane last weekend. Running in its 10th year, Ignite Conference 2014 captured young hearts living in Australia, New Zealand and even families travelling from Canada. Friday night’s Adoration and Benediction was a highlight ... Read More »

Queensland’s shameful secret

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By Paul Dobbyn A YOUNG brother and sister living with their parents in cars in bayside Brisbane are among Queensland’s best-kept secrets. So are the other 5000 homeless young children in this state, according to Rosies chief executive officer Troy Bailey. “I met the bayside family a couple of weeks ago,” he said. “Somehow the mother was getting the children ... Read More »

Unveiling the horror of child detention

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By Emilie Ng UNCERTAINTY about the morality of child detention could be shaken by a provocative art installation organised by international aid agency Catholic Mission. Catholic Mission’s Brisbane office displayed the organisation’s Free the Children art installation outside St Stephen’s Cathedral on September 15. Free the Children is one of two public support campaigns supported by Catholic Mission Brisbane this ... Read More »

Bishop Fisher still in shock over appointment

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THE rise of terrorism in the world, the challenge of child sexual abuse in the Church, and the importance of marriage are among topics covered in a Vatican Radio interview with Sydney’s Archbishop-elect Anthony Fisher. The interview was aired after Pope Francis’ September 18 announcement that the Bishop of Parramatta would be the ninth Archbishop of Sydney. Bishop Fisher succeeds ... Read More »

Bishop Anthony Fisher appointed Archbishop of Sydney

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BISHOP Anthony Fisher, a Dominican, is the new Archbishop of Sydney. Pope Francis announced the appointment on September 18. The Bishop of Parramatta becomes the ninth Archbishop of Sydney. His appointment follows the transfer of Cardinal George Pell, former Archbishop of Sydney, to the Vatican Secretariat for the Economy. In a statement released from Parramatta diocese, Bishop Fisher said he ... Read More »

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