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The heart of London is the home of martyrs

Tyburn site of the martyrs

Brisbane photo-journalist Alan Edgecomb writes about his visit to the Tyburn Tree, a place in London where 105 Catholics were martyred during the Reformation. THEY were hanged, drawn and quartered for refusing to take the oath attached to the Act of Succession. I know little of English history, so I was surprised when Borsbane Oratory priest Fr Adrian Sharp spoke ... Read More »

Congregation founded by popular confessor seeing major reconciliation growth after Jubilee year

Oratory confessional re-installed

CONFESSORS from Australia’s first Oratory community say an increasing number of people are receiving the sacrament of penance regularly following the Year of Mercy. Oratory Father Andrew Wise said the original second confessional needed to be re-installed at Mary Immaculate Church, Annerley – the home of the Brisbane Oratory – to cope with the number of people lining up for ... Read More »

Immigration decision sparks outpouring from hundreds of supporters for Iranian asylum seeker

Mojgan Shamsalipoor with husband Milad Jafari

IRANIAN asylum seeker Mojgan Shamsalipoor has been granted a further six-month bridging visa allowing her to stay in Australia – but there’s a hitch. Immigration officials have set a new condition on Brisbane-based Ms Shamsalipoor in her long-running battle to avoid deportation – she is not allowed to study. The decision has sparked a bittersweet social media outpouring from hundreds ... Read More »

International association honours niece of Australian devoted to caring for disabled Indian children

Eugenie Pinto and Helen Mahoney

ORDER of Australia recipient Helen Mahoney has been honoured for “tugging on the conscience” of Indians and Australians through her work supporting a rehabilitation centre for children with disabilities. The Indo-Australian Association, based in Chennai, India, has honoured Mrs Mahoney with a meritorious service award for her work with Friends of Mithra, a charity that provides financial support for a ... Read More »

Caritas Australia commits thousands of dollars to support Typhoon Tembin survivors

Destruction after Typhoon Tembin

CARITAS Australia has sent $50,000 to assist a region in the Philippines that was thrashed by a tropical cyclone just before Christmas. Typhoon Tembin, also known in the Philippines as Typhoon Vinta, hit the Caraga municipality on the north-eastern section of the island of Mindanao on December 24, leaving at least 267 people dead. Staff and volunteers from Caritas’ international ... Read More »

Sr Hilda Scott: Yes, you are reason for the season

nativity of Christ

CHRISTMAS is with us again and while a time of undeniable joy, for many that is not the case. As you approach this time how does life look for you? Will this season go by without hearing from someone you most want to hear from? Has the year been such that you will ache for the presence of someone who ... Read More »

John three sixteen: God’s fantastic Christmas present

Annunciation by Titian

THE brilliant Marist Brother who taught me Latin while I was in the seminary celebrated his 80th birthday a few years ago. At the party held in his honour there were people from all walks of life – men and women whom Br Roger had met and ministered to over the many years of his religious life, as well as ... Read More »

Sophia’s first haircut will be one child’s Christmas gift

Sophie Bennett before her haircut

LIKE most children at Christmas, Sophia Bennett has the biggest smile on her face but not from what’s hiding under the tree. The five-year-old from Augustine Heights is overjoyed knowing that a child who has lost their hair to a medical condition could receive her hair as a Christmas present. Sophia made her first trip to the hairdresser on December ... Read More »

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