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Have you considered ‘digital fasting’ for Lent?

Digital fasting

BRISBANE Archbishop Mark Coleridge has encouraged Catholics to consider “digital fasting” this Lent. He made the suggestion during his Ash Wednesday homily on February 14 at the Cathedral of St Stephen, Brisbane. The Archbishop added digital fasting to the more traditional call to fast from food and other activities and habits as a mark of self-denial as Catholics contemplate Christ’s ... Read More »

Advanced cancer patients to volunteer for new medicinal cannabis oil trial at Brisbane’s Mater Research

Mater Research Care Centre staff

QUEENSLAND researchers will soon start a major clinical trial to find out the benefits of medicinal cannabis for cancer patients receiving palliative care. “We are delighted to be one of nineteen research projects funded in this round right across Australia,” team leader from Mater Research in Brisbane Professor Janet Hardy said. Medicinal cannabis is now legal in Queensland, yet Professor ... Read More »

Baby’s ‘miracle’ healing leads mother to the Church

Jazz Yi Li, Joseph Hoang and Mark Yi Hoang

GOLD Coast mother Jazz Yue Yi Li never thought God was real until she saw her newborn son nearly die in hospital. Ms Yi Li gave birth to her son Mark Yi Hoang on April 6 last year but after being discharged was rushed to the hospital “with a life-threatening situation”. Mark had contracted the dangerous Group B Streptococcal infection, ... Read More »

Sunshine Coast multi-millionaire Catholic has Biblical approach to donating his money

Roy and Nola Thompson

MAROOCHYDORE parishioner Roy Thompson agrees with Jesus’ warning not to store his treasures on earth, which is why he’s donated millions of dollars on the Sunshine Coast. The property developer and former publican is a multi-millionaire philanthropist who has given generously to improve life for residents on the Coast. To the University of the Sunshine Coast alone, the generous Catholic ... Read More »

Australian Bishops defend religious freedom as ‘fundamental human right’

fight for religious freedom

THE Australian Catholic Bishops Conference has called for Australian laws to be updated to recognise religious freedom. “Freedom of religion is a fundamental human right,” the bishops said in a submission to the Federal Government’s Religious Freedom Review. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull commissioned the review following last year’s “yes” vote on same-sex marriage, with hearings conducted by a five-member expert ... Read More »

Young Townsville man answers call to serve North Queensland

William Brennan with parents Paul and Monica

YOUNG Townsville man William Brennan has entered the priesthood at a time when the Catholic Church and priests are under more scrutiny than ever. Mr Brennan entered Holy Spirit Seminary at Banyo recently to begin his formation to become a priest for Townsville diocese. The young seminarian, who spent most of his childhood in Charters Towers, said he was almost ... Read More »

Catholic schools leader to help tackle cyberbullying in Queensland Premier’s task force

cyberbullying

RECOMMENDATIONS from the Catholic education sector on how to deal with the rise of cyberbullying in schools will be considered by a new Queensland Government task force. Queensland Catholic Education Commission executive director Dr Lee-Anne Perry was announced as one of the 14 members of the Queensland Anti-Bullying Task Force, which will make recommendations for community and government action to ... Read More »

Former refugee returns to Brisbane after a decade of ministry in Brazil

Fr Manh Le and children from Brazil

FOR the past five years Divine Word Missionaries priest Fr Manh Le has travelled between remote villages along the Amazon River, with little more than a hammock and a mosquito net. The priest, who was ordained in Brisbane 15 years ago and sent to Brazil, recently returned to Australia and is still adjusting to life. “Every night I stayed with ... Read More »

Jesus Christ is the reason to bother

bicycle in the rain

Cycling into the theological college every day brings with it many unexpected benefits. It is a 22km round-trip and this affords me the opportunity to have many an interesting interaction with my fellow road-users; sometimes we even exchange words as well as hand-gestures. A few months ago, I was rather taken aback by a question posed to me by the ... Read More »

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