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Sale’s ninth bishop announced

SALE’S ninth bishop Patrick O’Regan has reacted with “surprise, excitement, humility and sadness” to news of his appointment by Pope Francis. Bishop-elect O’Regan is the Vicar General and cean of the Cathedral in the Diocese of Bathurst. The Diocese of Sale has been awaiting a bishop since Bishop Christopher Prowse was elevated to Archbishop of Canberra and Goulburn on September ... Read More »

Catholic cricketers’ tribute for Phillip Hughes

Vatican's bats

QUEENSLAND and New South Wales cricketers will put their bats out for Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes at the annual Catholic Super Bowl, an organiser has confirmed. Catholic Super Bowl organiser Anthony McCarthy confirmed that both the NSW and Queensland team would pay tribute to the late Mr Hughes ahead of their friendly game on December 13 in Brisbane Players will be ... Read More »

Caritas report calls for end to sexual violence in the Congo

THE shocking fact that 48 women are raped every hour in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is among alarming statistics in a just-released Caritas Australia report on sexual violence and conflict in the strife-torn region. Fearless Voices: speaking up for peace, equality and justice in the DRC, was released to coincide with the International Day for the Elimination of ... Read More »

Seeking the lost sheep

By Emilie Ng SYDNEY’S newest archbishop has begun his appointment by inviting the lost sheep to return home and give the Church “another chance”. Archbishop Anthony Fisher, in a recent column in The Sunday Telegraph, asked lapsed Catholics to “help us to become a better Church”. “To those who have become disconnected from the Church in recent years I say: ... Read More »

Broken Bay’s new bishop announced

Auxiliary Bishop Peter Andrew Comensoli

SYDNEY Auxiliary Bishop Peter Comensoli has been appointed the third Bishop of Broken Bay diocese in New South Wales. Pope Francis announced Bishop Comensoli as Broken Bay’s newest Bishop on November 20 in a private phone call. Bishop Comensoli, 50, said he was “delighted but humbled” to take up his new pastoral service in Broken Bay, which has been vacant since Bishop David ... Read More »

Catholic leaders win national awards

St Mary's College Kingaroy staff Pam Radcliffe and Michael Nayler

BRISBANE celebrated the best in Catholic leadership at The Catholic Leader’s first national awards ceremony, The Community Leader Awards 2014. More than 200 people including Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge, archdiocesan priests, parishioners and corporate leaders attended the inaugural event in the St Stephen’s Cathedral precinct on November 19. Nominees for the 2014 School Leader of the Year, Young Leader of ... Read More »

Pro-lifer speaks out over Tasmanian protest laws

By Paul Dobbyn BRISBANE pro-life activist Graham Preston has described Tasmania’s anti-abortion protest laws as “just another indication of the creeping authoritarianism of the state”. Mr Preston was charged in March under Tasmania’s Reproductive Health Act for protesting outside two Hobart abortion clinics. In September, police prosecutors dropped the charges against Mr Preston saying, after reviewing the act, they did ... Read More »

Iona rector to become auxiliary bishop in Melbourne

Fr Mark Edwards OMI

RECTOR of Brisbane’s Iona College Oblate Father Mark Edwards has been appointed an auxiliary bishop for Melbourne archdiocese. Pope Francis announced the appointment at noon today Rome time (9pm Queensland time). The Pope also announced the appointment of Monsignor Terence Curtin as another auxiliary bishop for Melbourne. The appointments fill positions that had been vacant in Melbourne archdiocese. Bishop-elect Edwards, ... Read More »

Human rights champion Dr Nicholas Tonti-Filippini dies    

AUSTRALIA’S “great defender of human life” Dr Nicholas Tonti-Filippini died in Melbourne on November 7, aged 58, after a lengthy battle with a chronic auto-immune disease.
 Dr Tonti-Filippini was surrounded by his devoted wife Mary Tonti-Filippini and family. His family said in an official statement made this afternoon that Dr Tonti-Filippini was “a valued brother and son, colleague, teacher, advisor and friend to ... Read More »

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