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Bishop reaches out to bushfire victims

BISHOP Anthony Fisher of Parramatta has visited two school communities impacted by the ongoing bushfires in the Blue Mountains Deanery. The diocese’s Catholic Education communications manager Annette Loughlin-Smith said the bishop visited St Thomas Aquinas and St Columba’s schools in the badly affected Springwood area on October 28. Ms Loughlin-Smith said Bishop Fisher had told staff and students at school ... Read More »

Still questions of difference

“DESPITE the claims of those advocating marriage equality, you cannot equate something that is essentially different.” Canberra archdiocese administrator Monsignor John Woods said this was because “a union between same-sex people and a union between opposite-sex people is essentially different and only one has the potential to create new life”. Msgr Woods’ comments were made after the Marriage Equality (Same-Sex) ... Read More »

Faith formation vital in early years

Archbishop Julian Porteous 2013-10-20

TEACHERS at Catholic schools should not only teach the faith, but should be visible witnesses to it, a leading educator told the 15th annual Call to Holiness Conference in Brisbane last weekend. Catholic Education Office Sydney religious education and evangelisation director Anthony Cleary made the comments during his speech at the conference focusing on the Second Vatican Council. About 100 ... Read More »

Protest anger disrupts pro-life march

Pro-life rally 2013-10-20

YOUNG Brisbane woman Veronica Hayes will not stop her campaign against abortion despite being caught up in last weekend’s violent clash with pro-abortionists during the March for Babies in Melbourne. “There were times when I was very afraid for my own safety,” Miss Hayes said. “I was also very concerned for the safety of all the other marchers, especially the ... Read More »

Centre to give new life and energy to Marist ministries

Celebrating new Marist milestone

THE Marist Brothers Australian Province have continued the dream of their founder, St Marcellin Champagnat, with a new facility to serve Marist Schools, youth ministry, and international aid and development. The new facility, Marist Centre Brisbane, shares the same land as Marist College Ashgrove. Australian provincial leader Marist Brother Jeffrey Crowe officially opened the Marist Centre Brisbane on Friday, October ... Read More »

Reforms to make the Church safer

Truth, Justice and Healing CEO Francis Sullivan

DEVELOPMENT of a reform agenda to effectively deal with clerical sexual abuse has been called the most “significant” in the Church’s more than 200-year history in Australia.Truth Justice and Healing Council chief executive officer Francis Sullivan said the reforms were now being fully developed and would be presented to Church leaders in the first half of 2014.“These proposals recognise that ... Read More »

CWL celebrates 86 years of faithful service

MORE than 170 Catholic women from across Australia gathered in Townsville on September 15 for the 46th National Biennial Conference for the Catholic Women’s League.Organisers said the conference was a sign of the “strength of commitment of Catholic women throughout Australia”.The conference began with an Opening Mass celebrated by Townsville Bishop Michael Putney to a packed Sacred Heart Cathedral.It was ... Read More »

New Tasmanian leader welcomed

ARCHBISHOP Julian Porteous has described his first week as pastor of Tasmania’s Catholics as a “whirlwind”. “We had a wonderful installation ceremony in St Mary’s Cathedral,” he said about the September 17 Mass. “I was delighted that my mother (Pam), who recently celebrated her 90th birthday, was able to come. “She was a bit hesitant about coming this far, but ... Read More »

Australian bishops respond to poverty

AUSTRALIA’S Catholic bishops have released a statement Lazarus at Our Gate: A critical moment in the fight against world poverty calling on a renewed commitment by the Federal Government to address global poverty. The statement has been released ahead of Social Justice Sunday being celebrated in Catholic churches around the nation on September 29. Australian Catholic Social Justice Council chairman ... Read More »

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