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Time to show mercy

I RESPOND to the letter “Critical issues”, from The Catholic Leader of March 22. I acknowledge that the question of asylum seekers and refugees is a complex issue for Australians. The UNHCR says that there are now 50 million refugees in the world, of which it has processed 12 million. Sadly when the UNHCR asked countries to accommodate these people ... Read More »

Prakash’s amazing life

By Paul Dobbyn PRAKASH Khadka’s entrance into the Catholic Church from the prompting of a Hindu teacher is one of the more unusual conversion stories. But much is remarkable about the journey of this young Gurkha man, separated from his Hindu family to become a child labourer at just eight years of age. At one stage, he even thought of ... Read More »

The hill of crosses – a mountain of faith

A pilgrimage to Lithuania – once the last pagan country in Europe – its renowned Hill of Crosses, and its fascinating capital, Vilnius, a scenic and historic European gem is a rewarding experience, as Paul Maughan reports CROSSES, crosses and more crosses – tens of thousands of them in endless variety and size smother the hill in front of me in ... Read More »

Confronting the death penalty

By David Brennan  AS I am writing this column, Australia is in agony waiting for a resolution to the question of whether two young men, Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukamaran, will be executed in Indonesia. At this moment it seems horribly likely that they will face a firing squad. Australian citizens and politicians have been bombarding the Indonesian President with ... Read More »

Real issues addressed

HOW refreshing was the letter published from John Morris, in The Catholic Leader’s letters of March 15. John redirected attention to the real, but issues that are afforded only cursory attention by our political assembly and the circus-and-cake media majority. The disproportionate attention directed by our Prime Minister and his Foreign Affairs Minister, to the Indonesian criminal appeal process affecting ... Read More »

Desperate for Jesus

By Emilie Ng SPOTTING a train pulling up at his local station in Perth, Mike Dooley had only one thought left in his mind – jump. The suicidal, depressive man thought the only recovery from his traumatic childhood, one that left an after-taste of intense physical, verbal and sexual abuse was to take his own life. “Psychiatric treatment didn’t help,” ... Read More »

Farewell to Annerley’s great sisters

By Josephite Sister Annette Arnold MARCH marks a significant change in the Josephite presence at Annerley. From the end of March we will only have one sister, Sr Genevieve living there in the parish. For the past 95 years Sisters of St Joseph have lived and ministered in Annerley. It is hard to count how many have lived there because ... Read More »

Many people feel ‘alone in the pews’

By Fr Ezinwanne Igbo WHEN I write my story about coming to Australia, there would certainly be a lot of memories to share. Naturally, I treasure wonderful memories. But the challenge is to always preserve them with gratitude in the safest chamber of my heart. Those in the tech-world often refer to the hard disk of a computer, as “a ... Read More »

Christians stand up

DEFENDERS of the Christian model of marriage and family are being abused in the media because of the silent majority of Christians who will not stand up for their faith. The Toowoomba Chronicle last week indicated “Toowoomba residents have responded angrily to a TV ad campaign targeting the same-sex marriage lobby”. How is it that highlighting problems with an issue ... Read More »

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