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Pope will visit Shroud of Turin, commemorate birth of St John Bosco

Shroud of Turin

POPE Francis will visit the Shroud of Turin during its public display in Turin’s cathedral from April 19-June 24, 2015, as well as commemorate the 200th anniversary of the birth of St John Bosco. “I am happy to announce that, God willing, on June 21, I will go on pilgrimage to Turin to venerate the Holy Shroud and to honour ... Read More »

Syria’s war is part of humanitarian crisis


A CHURCH official who just returned from a visit to Syria said “the humanitarian situation is worse than I thought”. Secretary of the Pontifical Council Cor Unum Monsignor Giampietro Dal Toso told journalists in Beirut on November 1 that he had seen “the concrete face of suffering” as a result of war. He also said the humanitarian crisis in Iraq ... Read More »

Pope says annulment process should be cheaper and more efficient

Pope Francis

POPE Francis said the Church’s marriage annulment process should be more efficient and perhaps even free of charge, and he decried any attempts to exploit it for profit. “Some procedures are so long and so burdensome, they don’t favour (justice), and people give up,” the Pope said. “Mother church should do justice and say: ‘Yes, it’s true, your marriage is ... Read More »

Maronite patriarch visits

Marointe patriarch

FOR months Brisbane’s Maronite Catholic community has feared a planned visit by their Patriarch Cardinal Bechara Boutros Rai would not go ahead due to the volatile situation in the Middle East. Now the community of St Maroun’s at Greenslopes is eagerly awaiting their patriarch’s arrival, his first visit to Australia. Cardinal Rai, who is also Archbishop of Antioch and the ... Read More »

Drop-in centre reaches the darkest pockets of society

By Emilie Ng MEMBERS of a grassroots Catholic ministry have established their first drop-in centre to provide greater support and intervention for Brisbane city’s vulnerable. Brisbane-based outreach Blind Eye Ministries has been ministering to the city’s homeless, marginalised indigenous and those struggling with unwanted or unplanned pregnancies since 2010. Blind Eye Ministries co-ordinator Roby Curtis said the drop-in centre would ... Read More »

A gentle giant

By Paul Dobbyn STAFF and students at St Mark’s Primary School, Inala, are in the early stages of grieving their “gentle giant” Fr Gerard Mulholland who has been a major part of their community for the past four years. Fr Mulholland is stricken with Motor Neurone Disease and in the care of his religious order, the Divine Word Missionaries, at ... Read More »

Nudgee Old Boys ‘still kids’ 60 years on

By Emilie Ng CLASSMATES from St Joseph’s Nudgee College’s 1954 class may be 60 years older, but their recent reunion last month released their inner teenage spirits. More than 90 men who graduated from Nudgee College in the late 1950s returned to their beloved school for a celebration Mass and lunch, including the former 1954 school captain Tom McDonnell. Old ... Read More »

Catholic charities respond to Ebola

Ebola response

DR Timothy Flanigan, professor of medicine at Brown University School of Medicine and permanent deacon for the Diocese of Providence, Rhode Island, said he left his wife and five kids in August and travelled to Liberia because he thought he “could make a difference”. As the Ebola epidemic continues, killing thousands of people in West Africa and leaving millions of ... Read More »

Many voices wanted for direction in youth ministry

BRISBANE Catholics concerned for youth and their faith formation are invited to take a new survey released by the archdiocese’s youth project last week. Archdiocesan youth project officer Teresa Delsorte hoped answers from the survey were “a true reflection of people’s thoughts and opinions of youth ministry in the archdiocese”. “My hope would be that at the end of the ... Read More »

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