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Faith of parents in Communist China led to Rochedale parish priest’s vocation

Fr Baiyi Gong

CHINESE priest Fr Baiyi Gong may not have become Rochedale’s new pastor if China’s Communist Party hadn’t closed the seminary where his father was training to be a priest. Originally from the Hubei province, Fr Gong is from a village where about 80 per cent of the population is Catholic. Belgian Franciscan Friars brought the faith into Hubei province, which ... Read More »

Eastern Christians living in Brisbane unite to honour Mary and pray for peace in the Middle East

Marian procession

CHRISTIANS from four Eastern churches in Brisbane united in a rare pilgrimage to offer prayers for peace in the Middle East and Egypt. Catholics from the Maronite, Melkite and Syriac rites and Christians from the Brisbane Greek Orthodox Church community gathered at Marian Valley, Canungra, last week for a procession to honour Our Lady. Members from all four churches processed through ... Read More »

Townsville Bishop says Good Samaritan Sisters leaving Charters Towers ‘did ‘good’ things in this part of the world’

Bishop Tim and Good Sams

IN 117 years, more than 200 Good Samaritan Sisters have served in the Charters Towers area. On May 28, all this came to an end as the remaining three sisters departed the community with much sadness. “It is sad that we are leaving,” Good Samaritan Sister Patricia Comerford said. “But we are leaving the community knowing that the good works ... Read More »

Emmaus College student inspired to pursue music career despite losing knockout round on The Voice

Ruby Jo on The Voice

SOULFUL singer and Emmaus College student Ruby Jo has described her time on television series The Voice as a “blessed” experience. The 15-year-old Chambers Flat musician performed Scars to Your Beautiful by Alessia Cara, gaining a place on United Kingdom singer Seal’s team. She appeared in the subsequent knockout round on May 23 which marked the end of her journey ... Read More »

Student sexting ‘is rampant’ among youth and children, Queensland Catholic school principal says

sexting concern

RAMPANT “sexting” – the culture of sending and receiving nude images – is a major problem among students, a Catholic school principal said. Bundaberg’s Shalom College principal Dan McMahon has joined a chorus of school community concern over the issue, after a student’s photo was “digitally altered by another person in a suggestive and offensive way”. He was told boys ... Read More »

Former Capuchin friar sent to jail for indecent assault of child

A FORMER Capuchin friar who sexually abused a young girl attending a Brisbane Catholic school on four separate occasions in 1974 has been jailed for four months. Anthony Colbourne, a former parish priest at the Guardian Angels Church, Wynnum, pleaded guilty on May 23 to indecently assaulting his eight-year-old victim in the presbytery and his office, on four separate occasions. ... Read More »

Rockhampton Bishop stands with workers as hundreds face job cuts with Aurizon workshop closure

Bishop Michael McCarthy

ROCKHAMPTON Bishop Michael McCarthy has spoken out in support of hundreds of Aurizon workers told they would lose their jobs with the closure of the city’s railway workshops. “I stand with the workers,” Bishop McCarthy said. “Workers who support families, have bills to pay, support our local businesses and are an integral part of our central Queensland family. “The workers ... Read More »

Australians invited to Rome for Catholic Charismatic Renewal 50th anniversary thank Pope Francis for ‘joy-filled’ gathering

charismatic

AUSTRALIAN Catholics swept up in the grace of the Holy Spirit through the Catholic Charismatic Renewal finished a “joy filled” five-day pilgrimage to Rome for the movement’s 50th anniversary last week. Pope Francis welcomed more than 30,000 Catholics and a further 300 Evangelicals and Protestants to Rome to celebrate 50 years since the beginning of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal. The ... Read More »

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