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‘Stranger’ view

By Paul Dobbyn THE “astounding discovery” that at least 50 per cent of Catholics in a recent survey didn’t have an opinion on the issue of asylum seekers and refugees has led to the publication of a pamphlet on the Church’s teaching on the issue. Australian Catholic Migrant and Refugee Office director Scalabrinian Father Maurizio Pettena said the issue had ... Read More »

Men’s Shed creates Rosary gift

By Paul Dobbyn MEDITATION upon the mysteries of the Rosary will be that much easier for the students of Our Lady of the Rosary School, Kenmore, thanks to the efforts of the Samford Area Men’s Shed. Using recycled camphor laurel timber from the school grounds, the men created 1.5m timber posts carved to identify the Joyful, Sorrowful, Glorious and Luminous ... Read More »

Community excited about passion play

By Emilie Ng BURPENGARY Catholics are waiting with excitement for the world famous Iona Passion Play to re-enact the last few hours of Christ’s life at the community’s school. St Eugene College hall will host the performance of Christ’s passion on April 6 at 7pm. The college’s assistant to the principal for religious education Peter Ivers said it would be ... Read More »

Teach your children well, always be by their side, Pope Francis urges

ON the feast of St Joseph, patron saint of the universal church and Jesus’ earthly father, Pope Francis urged all dads in the world to stick by their children’s side, teaching them, guiding them and loving them. “I ask that you have the grace to be very close to your children, letting them grow, but being by their side. They ... Read More »

Tamil priest arrested

By Paul Dobbyn BRISBANE archdiocese’s Catholic Justice and Peace Commission has joined other organisations in seeking the release of a Tamil priest and a human rights activist who have been arrested in Sri Lanka’s north and imprisoned in Colombo. The arrests of Oblates of Mary Immaculate Father Praveen Mahesan and activist Ruki Fernando have come as Sri Lanka faces censure ... Read More »

Pope leading by his example

POPE Francis’ most frequent advice and exhortation to Catholics – from laypeople in parishes to bishops and cardinals – is “Go forth”. In Italian, the phrase is even snappier – “Avanti”. He’s been doing exactly that this Lent by paying a visit to the parish of Santa Maria dell’Orazione on the outskirts of Rome on March 16. Hundreds of people ... Read More »

Praying for rain

By Paul Dobbyn ROMA’S parish priest Fr Jamie Collins has reason to believe in the power of prayer for rain. “The last time I organised a Day of Prayer for Rain was in 2009 when I was parish priest in St George,” he said. “A big storm came up through the afternoon that damaged the town clock and took the roof ... Read More »

Samoans hand faith on to next generation

THE first of five Samoan Masses to be held this year at St Brigid’s Church, Nerang, attracted worshipers from Gold Coast and Brisbane communities. Samoan chaplain Fr Eparti Tamati, from Birkdale parish, celebrated the Samoan Mass on March 2 with local children taking part in the liturgy. The planned 2014 Masses are a move by a group of Nerang Samoan ... Read More »

Brisbane joins in prayer for Egypt

By Paul Dobbyn “EGYPT needs your prayers and we are so proud Egypt is the subject of this year’s World Day of Prayer.” Egypt’s Sydney consul general Ayman Ally Kamel delivered this and several other important messages as guest speaker at this year’s World Day of Prayer held in St Stephen’s Cathedral on March 7. Mr Kamel also spoke of ... Read More »