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Lessons from Vietnam

Teaching English to poor villagers in North Vietnam grew into a lesson in the Catholic faith for visitors Monica Keating, of St Agatha’s Parish, and Patricia Forde, of Wellington, New Zealand. This is the pair’s experience of the deep faith of Vietnamese in Tay Yen village, the parish of Catholic priest Fr Joseph Du. THE first morning was cold. We ... Read More »

Adventure in Alice

By Peter Bugden SISTER Anne Surtees has never taken a leap of faith quite like the one she is taking this Easter season. The Ursuline Sister of 35 years is giving up a role she “loves” – as director of Centacare Pastoral Ministries in Brisbane archdiocese – and heading off into the great unknown in Alice Springs. It’s a change ... Read More »

Holy Land a sight to behold

By Fr Paul Chackanikunnel LAST year, a group of 15 intrepid souls, predominantly from the Hendra-Northgate parish in Brisbane, embarked on a life-enhancing pilgrimage to the Holy Land and Jordan. In October this year, another group will have the opportunity to share the same experience. If you are thinking about taking part, what might you expect?  Here are some thoughts ... Read More »

Truly Christ’s hands and smile for me

“Christ has no body but yoursNo hands, no feet on earth but yoursYours are the eyes with which he looksCompassion on this worldYours are the feet with which he walks to do goodYours are the hands, with which he blesses all the world.Yours are the hands, yours are the feetyours are the eyes, you are his body.Christ has no body ... Read More »

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 »

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