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Young newlyweds see Catholic Church as powerful force for good in Australia

McAlpines

“TORRENTIAL” but inconsequential rain greeted Nick McAlpine as he awaited Caroline Woods before their June 4 nuptials in Brisbane this year.  Nick “only had eyes” for his “beautiful bride”, Caroline for the man who makes her heart “sing”, their union soon sealed by the God who inspires shared and active faith.  The striking duo first met through mutual friends in ... Read More »

Slum dwellers turn the tables in Heather’s life

Heather Henderson

THE people of the slums in Nairobi, Kenya, have turned the tables on volunteer aid worker Heather Henderson – giving her as much, if not more, than she gives them. Hailing from Brisbane, she’s there as a volunteer for Palms Australia, living among the poor and working at a primary school. And the experience is changing her life. Arriving in ... Read More »

Faith woman Malarndirri McCarthy primed for Senate role

Senator Malarndirri McCarthy

ON the eve of being formally declared the Northern Territory’s new Labor senator, Malarndirri McCarthy, like many Australians, sat watching television transfixed and appalled at images of cruel and haunting abuse in youth detention centres. “When Australians can sit and watch a young child be brutalised in the fashion that we saw on Four Corners, Australians right across the country ... Read More »

How the confessional brought this London gangster back from the dead

FORMER London gangster John Pridmore had a reputation as a violent enforcer. One night, while working as a bouncer at a West End nightclub owned by the mob, he savagely beat a man.  He did it to impress one of his gangland bosses. Wearing knuckledusters, John landed one last powerful punch and watched the man fall straight backwards and smash ... Read More »

Third Paralympics looms for unsung ‘tough guy’

CAMERON Carr doesn’t sound tough. He’s softly spoken, painting his words with a gentle smile that would make any mum proud. His handshake won’t cut the circulation to your fingers. To those who don’t know him, he can seem shy. But Cameron Carr is one of the toughest blokes in Brisbane. Not that he’ll tell you that. You’ll work it ... Read More »

Former pilot honoured by Church and French people says ‘Thanks, Lord’

Ron Hickey

ABOVE dark clouds, Ron Hickey piloted his heavy bomber home from battle. In a split second, another warplane whizzed across the nose of his cockpit, missing by centimetres. “Now I’m moving at about 280 miles per hour (450km/h) and he’s cutting across at the same speed, and my wingtip very nearly took his tail off,” Mr Hickey said. “And then ... Read More »

How a teetotaller Jesuit Brother became a winemaker honoured by the Queen

Jesuit Brother John May

A JESUIT with a nose for a good wine was the toast of one of South Australia’s heavenly vineyard regions recently when the 2016 Queen’s Birthday Honours were announced. Br John May, winemaker emeritus at the Jesuits’ Sevenhill Cellars in the Clare Valley, was admitted as a member in the General Division of the Order of Australia (AM) in recognition of ... Read More »

War veteran took on top-secret missions but never hid Catholic faith

Lionel Veale

JUST 12 months after enlisting in the army, 22-year-old Lionel Veale was tapped on the shoulder by a brigadier recruiting for a new, mysterious company of men, willing to take on top-secret assignments. It was 1941, just months before Japan bombed Pearl Harbour and opened up a new, Second World War front in the Pacific. “Do you think you’d be ... Read More »

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