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Miracle needed for Bali Nine duo

By Paul Dobbyn “WE’RE all hoping and praying for a miracle – and if we don’t get that those two men on death row in Bali will be dead in a couple of weeks.” Brisbane lawyer Bob Myers, involved in the case of the Bali Nine drug smugglers from 2005, made the observation after the Indonesian foreign affairs ministry confirmed ... Read More »

Answering the call

By Emilie Ng SIX young men have exchanged thriving careers for the holy call to be priests for Queensland. Midwife nurse Johnpaul Ezeakunne, youth ministry workers William Aupito Iuliano and Francis Fernandes, bus driver Damien Everitt, accountant Tyron Stewart and Yeppoon-based teacher Ashwin Acharya entered Queensland’s Holy Spirit Provincial Seminary on Sunday, February 8. Brisbane man Brendan Gormley has also ... Read More »

Pope calls for greater roles for women in the Church

Brazilian women hug

SAYING he knows the history of the subjugation of women continues to have a negative impact on how women are treated, Pope Francis called for greater roles for women in the Church and for greater assistance and workplace flexibility to ensure they can make the best choices for themselves and their families. Pope Francis told the Pontifical Council for Culture ... Read More »

Inequity is root of all evil in economies, policies, hunger, Pope says


TO find real solutions to today’s problems, people need to address the root evils plaguing the world: unjust economies, financial speculation and systems that create inequity, Pope Francis said. The problem of world hunger at a time when there was more than enough food to feed the world, for example, showed how the real problem of malnutrition had not been ... Read More »

Loving God’s surprises

By Peter Bugden THE village of Umudike is renowned in Nigeria for agricultural research, particularly in root crops, but now in Brisbane archdiocese it can be remembered as the home town of Fr Anthony Ekpo. Fr Anthony, 33, is familiar around St Stephen’s Cathedral as an associate pastor of the cathedral parish and he’s often seen beside Archbishop Mark Coleridge ... Read More »

Pope makes surprise visit to immigrant settlement

Pope Francis visits immigrants

WHEN Pope Francis walked through the gate surrounding a group of shacks and very humble homes, it took a while for people to notice. In fact, when a couple of people looked out their doors, the Pope’s chief security guard motioned them to come over. “Papa Francisco!” someone shouted in Spanish, and then dozens of people came running on February ... Read More »

New Vatican restrooms offer showers, barber shop for homeless

Homeless in Vatican

HOT showers, a soapy shave and spiffy haircuts are available for free for those whom the Vatican calls “our homeless pilgrims”. Thanks to charitable contributions from Pope Francis and private donors, the Vatican has finished remodelling and expanding a public bathroom a few steps from Bernini’s Colonnade, surrounding St Peter’s Square. The Vatican announced on February 6 that the construction ... Read More »

St Laurence’s reaches centenary milestone

ST Laurence’s College in South Brisbane turns 100 this year, and the school community has big plans to remember those who have contributed to the school’s milestone year. Principal Ian McDonald invited the community to celebrate and thank “those that have carried on the college values and traditions before us”. “The story of Lauries over the last 100 years has ... Read More »

Lenten focus on Jesus’ mercy

By Emilie Ng ARCHBISHOP Mark Coleridge has encouraged Catholics to discover God’s mercy in Lent, prompting several changes to the annual Lenten resources prepared by Evangelisation Brisbane. Evangelisation Brisbane director Clyde Consentino said the new resources were “simpler” and focused on God’s mercy revealed in the crucified and risen Jesus Christ. The new resources take inspiration from the Sunday second ... Read More »

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