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Australian priest who was held at gunpoint in Jaurez says the murder capital of Mexico is his first love

Fr Kevin Mullins

DRIVING through the desert in northern Mexico, Columban missionary Fr Kevin Mullins was stopped and held at gunpoint. “Three guys with ski masks, blue overalls and AK47s jumped out of a van, dragged me out of my car and held one of the AK47s to my temple,” Fr Mullins said. ... Read More »

Brisbane aged care advocate tells UN of ‘insidious ageism’ worldwide

Marcus Riley

BRISBANE advocate for the aged Marcus Riley has told delegates at United Nations headquarters in New York that older people are considered a burden, and “insidious ageism … permeates countries around the world”. The 40-year-old, Catholic father-of-three and chairman of the Global Ageing Network, which has a presence in more ... Read More »

Vinnies puts offer on Southport property to open homelessness prevention centre


SLEEPING inside a car in the chilly Gold Coast winter may not have to be the only option for some when a dedicated centre tackling homelessness opens as early as April. The St Vincent de Paul Society is planning to open a homelessness prevention centre, called the Cornerstone Centre, to ... Read More »

Our pilgrimage of faith has been marked out by God

Laying of hands

THE evangelical counsels – the vows of poverty, chastity and obedience – have been the subject of a weekly class throughout our time here in Hong Kong and they will continue right up until the conclusion of our novitiate. It is obviously essential that we have a clear understanding of ... Read More »

Clergy and politicians say a change in the definition of marriage will impact all Church members


ALL members of religious groups deserve the right to not participate in same-sex marriage ceremonies if they hold a traditional view of marriage, the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference said in a submission to a Senate inquiry. The Australian Senate has established a select committee to examine draft exemptions in proposed ... Read More »

Poverty blues: The number of young people living on the street is rising

MAX Bushnell and Bianca Jackson sit with an empty hat begging for help. They are the hard-luck face of the street in 2017, as support agencies like the St Vincent de Paul Society are bracing for a tough year ahead. Young people make up an increasing number of people turning ... Read More »

Hooked on the Camino: The man who is planning his fourth (and fifth) pilgrimage

Eduardo and Merinda

WE all may know a couple starting 2017 with their minds on planning a wedding; what are the chances of them heading off on a five-week walk straight after their big day? That’s what young Brisbane man Eduardo Cruz and his wife Merinda did – 35 days walking across Spain. ... Read More »

Reading Amoris Laetitia through the mouth of Christ: A former Protestant minister’s response

POPE Francis’ recent apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia continues to be the subject of considerable controversy, both locally and globally. There appears to be fear among some that the “infamous”chapter 8 is an attempt, among other things, to weaken the indissolubility of marriage. It would seem for some that the whole text boils down to ... Read More »

Mango tree in Maroochydore parish backyard removed for construction turned into cross

Mango cross

A GNARLY old mango tree that stood for decades on the site of Maroochydore’s new Stella Maris Church now takes pride of place in the place of worship. Part of the mango tree was salvaged during construction and was fashioned into a cross that is the centerpiece of the new ... Read More »

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