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Thousands of golden years celebrated at St Stephen’s Cathedral marriage Mass

  WEDDING day memories were revisited as almost 75 couples celebrated half-centuries of marriage at a Mass in St Stephen’s Cathedral, Brisbane, on October 8. The annual Mass recognised couples who were marking their golden wedding anniversaries this year. Denise and Des Walsh were among couples gathered with family and friends to thank God for the good times and the ... Read More »

Marriage changes will alter much more, advocate says

Dr David van Gend

COALITION for Marriage spokesman Dr David van Gend has told a conference in Brisbane if same-sex marriage passes into law Australia’s religious leaders would be intimidated “with the relentless threat of anti-discrimination lawsuits”. “Traditional moral teaching will become something to be whispered in private,” Dr van Gend (pictured), addressing the Spirit in the City conference, said. With the national same-sex ... Read More »

Crisis talks tell Vatican officials about state of the Church in Australia

BRISBANE Archbishop Mark Coleridge has delivered a sobering assessment of the Catholic Church in Australia, “shaken to the core” by the sexual abuse scandal and now facing its “biggest crisis”. Archbishop Coleridge and fellow Australian Church leaders have just returned from Rome where they held summit talks with senior Church officials over how to address the fallout of the clerical ... Read More »

Nanango’s little bush cathedral turns 100 with style

  By Michael Crutcher NANANGO’S “little cathedral in the bush” has celebrated its centenary, relishing the good weather that deserted the town on the same day in 1917. Under clear skies, Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge blessed a centenary plaque which was mounted on the right-hand side of Our Lady Help of Christian’s main entrance. On the left-hand side stands the ... Read More »

Almost two million people calling for a vote on independence from Indonesia

A WEST Papuan independence leader has described handing an historic petition to the United Nations as representing “the blood and bones of his people”. More than 1.8 million West Papuans defied the Indonesian Government by signing a banned petition demanding a new vote for independence. An estimated 70 per cent of West Papuans signed the petition as it was smuggled ... Read More »

Brisbane Catholics to unite with Mass rosary prayer campaign

BRISBANE’S faithful have been invited to join about one million Polish Catholics expected to attend a large rosary prayer session along the country’s border to mark the end of the Fatima centenary, and to pray for the salvation of their country. The “Rosary on the Borders” event on October 7, will be held to coincide with the feast of Our ... Read More »

St Leo’s College community recreates historic 1917 image at centenary celebrations

ONE hundred years to the day, St Leo’s College has celebrated it’s centenary by recreating an historic photograph taken on the day of the college’s dedication on September 30, 1917. Standing on the steps of the St Lucia college, the 2017 version of the photo featured the papal nuncio Archbishop Adolfo Tito Yllana, Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge, St Leo’s College ... Read More »

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