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‘He is risen’ – Salesian Father Frank Freeman writes about the resurrection, the heart of our faith

IT is a difficult task to change people’s attitude or mind-set, as anyone engaged in education will readily tell you.   To change whole personalities, to turn around life’s patterns, needs a miracle. Twelve men, unlettered in the main, yet skilled in the practical aspects of the fishermen trade, once followed Christ for diverse reasons. Some dreamt of an earthly ... Read More »

Massacre remembered, journalist Mark Bowling reflects on a shocking event in East Timor in 1999

JUST as we have been remembering the horrors of Rwanda 25 years ago, another anniversary passed almost unnoticed this month – the 20th anniversary of a Church massacre on Australia’s doorstep, in East Timor. In April 1999, five months before East Timor’s vote for independence, dozens of people were killed inside a priest’s house and church courtyard in the idyllic ... Read More »

Standing in solidarity, Timorese veterans to stand alongside Australian veterans for ANZAC Day Mass

NINE Timorese war veterans will stand alongside Australian veterans during next week’s Anzac Day Mass in Brisbane’s St Stephen’s Cathedral. The attendance of Timorese veterans is becoming a tradition and has an extra poignancy in 2019 – 20 years after the country’s vote for independence. Timor Leste President Francisco Guterres joined a contingent of veterans visiting Queensland in 2017, taking ... Read More »

Vincentian leader Brian Moore remembered as a Christian role model who lived his life for others

FORMER St Vincent de Paul Society Queensland state president Brian Moore, who regularly wrote a column for The Catholic Leader, has died from a long-term illness. A Vinnies member for more than 50 years, Mr Moore held various roles as a Vincentian, including state president, senior vice president of the society’s state council, diocesan president Toowoomba and regional president in ... Read More »

Easter joy – eight staff members from St Columban’s College answer Jesus’ call to the faith

“BELONGING” is a strong, motivating force for eight teachers and staff from one Brisbane college who will join the Catholic Church this Easter. “I honestly feel that I will be officially one of ‘us’ which to me is awesome,” 37-year-old,  St Columban’s College, Caboolture teacher Paula Pellowe said. Mrs Pellowe is one of the eight soon-to-be Catholics who have completed ... Read More »

Massive blaze erupts at Paris’ iconic Notre Dame Cathedral; firefighters battling to save sacred site

CATHOLICS across the world were united in sorrow and prayer after a devastating fire engulfed the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris causing major damage.  Images broadcast around the world showed the French cathedral in flames before collapsing shortly before 8pm local time.  Officials now say that they the main bell towers and historic front of the building have been saved. ... Read More »

Cyclone-ravaged southern Africa ‘devastated’ as aid organisations count the cost

LOSS, interruption and destruction – millions of people were desolated after Cyclone Idai hit Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi late last month. Jesuit Conference of Africa and Madagascar president Fr Agbonkhianmeghe Orobator said his thoughts and prayers were with the hundreds who had died and the millions affected. “The Jesuits in Africa and Madagascar join the rest of Africa and the ... Read More »

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