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Is there a Latin Mass revival in Brisbane’s country towns?

Latin Mass in Mt Perry

TRADITIONAL Latin Mass could be set for a mini revival in rural churches around Brisbane. Dozens of worshippers braved heavy rain and flooding to attend Mass in the extraordinary form at St Patrick’s Church in the historic gold-mining town of Mt Perry, west of Bundaberg, last month. There was high praise for the Latin Mass from Oratory in Formation moderator ... Read More »

Brisbane Catholic teacher dedicates first song to refugees

refugee song

PRIMARY teacher Patricia Crilly can only guess how many refugees have stared into the Southern Cross on their journey to Australia. The Year 4 teacher and school choir co-ordinator at St Luke’s Catholic Parish School, Capalaba, is a refugee advocate who has tried to understand the terrifying journey refugees have made while fleeing their homes. Mrs Crillly (pictured) said she ... Read More »

Australia picked to help rebuild shattered Christian town Qaraqosh

Benjamin Blanchard

CHRISTIANS rebuilding their homes in devastated Qaraqosh could soon receive financial support from Australians concerned about the diminishing presence of Christianity in Iraq. Benjamin Blanchard, the founder of a non-government organisation helping persecuted Christians living in the Middle East, SOS Chretiens d’Orient, will visit Australia later this month with the hope of raising $150,000 to help rebuild Qaraqosh. Mr Blanchard ... Read More »

Australian bishops urge action over 600 asylum seekers fearing for their life on Manus

manus island protesters

AMID public protests, vigils and picketing of politician’s offices, the Catholic Church and United Nations are spearheading criticism of the Australian Government over its handling of asylum seekers on Manus Island. The future of about 600 men left on Manus remains in limbo after their refusal to leave the processing centre amid fears for their safety. The PNG Supreme Court ... Read More »

Indigenous students graduate with Mass in Toowoomba’s Cathedral

Indigenous students graduate in Tooowoomba

THE annual Year 12 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Graduation Mass was held at St Patrick’s Cathedral, Toowoomba, last month to recognise 45 indigenous students from across the diocese who completed Year 12. Fr Peter Dorfield celebrated the Mass, with local councillors, elders, schools and community in the congregation. “Students were the proud recipients of a commemorative medal and sash ... Read More »

Townsville’s bishops call for protection of Galilee Basin in joint pastoral statement

CATHOLIC and Anglican bishops in Townsville have criticised the dangers of  “projected mega-mining developments across Queensland, especially the Galilee Basin”, and environmental damage being inflicted on the Great Barrier Reef and the water resources of the Artesian Basin. “As Christians and people of the world, every one of us has been called to care for the gift of creation both ... Read More »

Archbishop Coleridge reflects on the 500th anniversary of the Reformation

Christian faiths across the globe remembered the 500th anniversary since German Catholic priest Martin Luther published his 95 theses in 1517, marking the beginning of what would become the Protestant Reformation.  Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge reflects on the conflict and graces that have come out of this important movement.   RECENTLY I saw an item on a website which bore ... Read More »

Catholics honoured with nominations for Australian of the Year awards

Australian of the Year nominees

COURAGEOUS taxi driver Aguek Nyok who kicked down the door of a burning bus and unstoppable teenager with Down Syndrome Olivia Hargroder are among the list of nominees for the Australian of the Year awards. The South Sudanese refugee and Brisbane hero has been nominated as one of four Queensland finalists for Australia’s Local Hero, while Southern Cross Catholic College ... Read More »

Leader of largest missionary congregation says multicultural parishes will change the world during Brisbane visit

Divine Word Missionaries visit

BRISBANE’S two parishes run by the Divine Word Missionaries hold the key to attaining world peace, the congregation’s superior general Fr Heinz Kuluke says. The leader for six years of the Society of the Divine Word, the world’s largest missionary congregation, said the intercultural make-up of the Inala and Kingston-Marsden parishes where his missionaries worked “would change the world”. “I ... Read More »

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