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Church people comment on Australia’s military involvement in Iraq

Volunteer Iraqi Shiite militia

By Paul Dobbyn BRISBANE archdiocese’s Deacon Gary Stone is watching Australia’s deepening military involvement in northern Iraq with concern and frustration yet he knows the lives of innocent people must be protected. As an infantry lieutenant colonel, he commanded an Australian Army peacekeeping contingent on the Iran-Iraq border in 1989-90. In 2003, Deacon Stone warned in a story in The ... Read More »

Brisbane student to say ‘g’day’ to Pope Francis

Cameron will talk to Pope Francis next week

CAMERON Harder-Hutton found out on Monday that next week he will need to make an important phone call that he will never forget. The Year 12 student will call Pope Francis at 1am on September 5 to take part in a global meeting with six other young representing the world’s continents. He will be the only person to represent Oceania ... Read More »

Nominations open for new Australian Catholic awards

CATHOLICS who have displayed exemplary leadership and dedication in the community have the chance to be honoured with a new award this November. The Community Leader Awards recognises professionals, youth, school leaders, volunteers and parishioners who, inspired by their Catholic faith, have made a significant difference to Australian culture. Catholics living in Australia are invited to nominate themselves or another ... Read More »

Forum boosts evangelisation effort

By Emilie Ng CHRISTIAN leaders at this year’s John Paul II Australian Leaders Forum were given a boost of support in their efforts to evangelise Australian culture. The forum, now in its second year, attracted top corporate business leaders, religious leaders, politicians, and employees from various Australian dioceses including large numbers from the Brisbane archdiocese. American university law professor and ... Read More »

Faith-filled leaders thanked for dedication

TWO remarkable Catholic leaders have been praised for their compassion, wisdom and kindness. Cardinal Edward Clancy and Bishop Edmund (Ted) Collins have been remembered after their deaths with affection and love by friends, family and colleagues. Cardinal Edward Clancy of Sydney was laid to rest after a Mass of Christian burial at St Mary’s Cathedral on August 9. Cardinal Clancy, ... Read More »

MH17 victims remembered

MELBOURNE Archbishop Denis Hart shared words of consolation and hope to grieving family members at a National Memorial Service for the victims of flight MH17 in St Patrick’s Cathedral, Melbourne on August 7. “Our hearts go out to the family members of those who have died – we assure them of our love and support at this special moment,” Archbishop ... Read More »

Family’s story to help others

By Paul Dobbyn BRUCE and Denise Morcombe are adamant the recently launched book on their son Daniel’s too-short life and tragic death is “definitely not a crime novel”. Speaking from the Daniel Morcombe Foundation office at Woombye’s Big Pineapple complex, Bruce said “the terrible crime which took Daniel’s life is definitely an ingredient – it’s obviously been our journey for the ... Read More »

Cardinal Clancy resting in peace

By Paul Dobbyn FORMER Archbishop of Sydney Cardinal Edward Clancy, who died aged 90, has been described by long-time friend Cardinal Edward Cassidy as a “great pastor”. “Sydney archdiocese was blessed to have had him in these not-so-easy years,” Cardinal Cassidy said. Cardinal Clancy, the city’s seventh archbishop and predecessor to Cardinal George Pell, died early Sunday, August 3 at ... Read More »

Christian Brothers reach out to the poor in the Philippines

By Paul Dobbyn THE Christian Brothers have expanded their empowerment of disadvantaged youth in the Philippines with the opening of an Edmund Rice Centre in Kabankalan diocese. The centre, recently opened by the diocese’s Bishop Patricio Buzon, includes three classrooms, office space for wider ministry operations and food provision services to the most needy of children. Christian Brothers Oceania Province ... Read More »

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