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Pope compares vain Christians to soap bubbles, peacocks

Pope Francis in dark

AS fleeting as soap bubbles, showy as peacocks and shallow as an over-primped star, conceited Christians are building their lives on lies and their faith on shifting sands, Pope Francis said. Everyone was vulnerable to vanity, even Christians, the Pope said in a morning homily on September 25. However, boastfulness “is a very serious spiritual disease” for Christians because it ... Read More »

Caritas Australia has served faithfully for 50 years


This is the homily Archbishop Mark Coleridge delivered on September 21 at a Mass in St Stephen’s Cathedral, Brisbane, for Caritas Australia’s 50th anniversary. I’M not at all sure what a Fair Pay Commission would make of what we have just heard (in the Gospel, Matthew 20:1-16a, Parable of the labourers in the vineyard). I suspect that they would at ... Read More »

Cardinal: Pope is ‘friend, brother’; working with him ‘really beautiful’

Pope Francis catch

POPE Francis evangelises with “encyclicals of gestures”, which speak louder than words and texts, Honduran Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga of Tegucigalpa said. One of nine members of the Council of Cardinals advising the Pope, the cardinal reflected on the reorganisation of the Roman Curia, his advisory role to the Pope, and Catholic response to climate change. The cardinal made the ... Read More »

Queensland’s shameful secret

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By Paul Dobbyn A YOUNG brother and sister living with their parents in cars in bayside Brisbane are among Queensland’s best-kept secrets. So are the other 5000 homeless young children in this state, according to Rosies chief executive officer Troy Bailey. “I met the bayside family a couple of weeks ago,” he said. “Somehow the mother was getting the children ... Read More »

World peace depends on dialogue between Christianity and Islam


By Paul Dobbyn THE word “Islam” means peace and the “barbarity of extremists” has nothing to do with real Islam or God, Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge has said. “Historically Mohammed brought peace to the warring tribes of Arabia by summoning them to worship of the one God,” he said. The distinguished scripture scholar also said geography was a major key ... Read More »

Gourmet way to start the school day

Nudgee Junior Cooks

By Emilie Ng SERVING up gourmet food is no feat for boys at Nudgee Junior College. Eight hopeful chefs from Nudgee Junior College in Indooroopilly slaved away to cook mouthwatering pancakes and smoothies for their 2014 Cook Off finals. Retired Australian basketballer Sam Mackinnon, Australian water polo player Gail Miller, Shouk Café owner and chef Guy Frawley and Indooroopilly police ... Read More »

Vatican official calls for shared responsibility in protecting planet

Cardinal Pietro Parolin

A SENSE of “shared responsibility to protect our planet and the human family” must influence how nations react to the reality of climate change, the Vatican’s secretary of state told the United Nations on September 23. In a statement during the UN Climate Summit, Cardinal Pietro Parolin observed that “warming of the climate system is unequivocal. It is a very ... Read More »

Asylum seekers laud level playing field

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By Paul Dobbyn SRI Lankan asylum seekers playing in soccer and cricket teams around Brisbane have witnessed to the power of sport to build bridges with the wider community. Several young men belonging to the Tigers Eleven Soccer Club and the Tamil junior cricket team told their stories at the Brisbane launch of the Australian bishops’ 2014/2015 Social Justice Statement, ... Read More »

Chaldean Catholics in Brisbane have different view of Iraqis returning to homes

Iraqi Christians

CHALDEAN Catholics and former Iraqis living in Brisbane, Asaad and Sahar Jarjees, dispute reports that Christians were returning to Alqosh in their homeland because it was safe to do so. Assyrian International News Agency reported on September 16 that more than 75 per cent of Alqosh’s residents had returned to the town after having fled from Islamic State militants on ... Read More »

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