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We need more annoying people

Couple fighting angry

Talking Point by Peter Holmes MOST people I know are good people at heart. Most people I know set out to be fair, just and good to those they come into contact with. So why is it that I keep running into jerks who honk me, yell at me, snap at me, misunderstand me in conversation, accuse me of prejudices ... Read More »

Seminarian mourned after tragic crash

Edward Ekari

A POPULAR Papua New Guinea seminarian’s death in a horrific road accident on the Warrego Highway has shocked and saddened Banyo’s Holy Spirit Provincial Seminary and parishes of Murgon and Chinchilla. Thirty-three-year-old Edward Ekari died when the vehicle he was driving collided head-on with a fully-laden cattle truck about 27km west of Chinchilla around 1.50pm on Monday, January 20. Holy ... Read More »

Pope Francis makes time for Brisbane seminarians

Holy Spirit Provincial Seminary staff and seminarians meeting Pope Francis on December 23.

POPE Francis has committed to praying for Queensland after meeting with Holy Spirit Provincial Seminary staff and seminarians in December. Seminary rector Monsignor Tony Randazzo made a request to have 12 seminary students, two deacons, and three religious attend the Pope’s daily Mass, celebrated in the Holy Father’s private chapel at Casa Santa Marta. The seminary group was on pilgrimage ... Read More »

Artist converts from secular graffiti to painting murals related to faith

Inspirational art: Zara Jankovic stands by a religiously-themed mural painted by her father. She was the model for the mural’s face.

GARTH Jankovic, of Townsville, has moved on from predominantly secular graffiti art to religiously-themed murals. “I want young people to look at my work and call it ‘mad’ but also to think it’s ‘deep’,” 39-year-old Garth said. Lately, he’s been led deeper into faith by a serious infection in his sinuses. “The infection has travelled and eroded into the bone ... Read More »

‘Scandals are the shame of the Church’

Pope Francis speaks at meeting with ambassadors to Holy See at Vatican

POPE Francis had some strong words this week regarding the scandals that have rocked the Church in recent history, calling them “the shame of the Church.” The Holy Father reflected on the topic during his homily this morning at Casa Santa Marta on January 16. The first reading from the 1st book of Samuel recalled the defeat of Israel by ... Read More »

Oratory takes step forward

Brisbane Oratory members Fr Adrian Sharp and Fr Paul Chandler outside the Oratory community’s house.

COMMUNITY life has begun for the Brisbane Oratory as two of its local members settled into their new residence at Annerley Ekibin parish earlier this month. Oratory community member Fr Adrian Sharp, former parish priest of Browns Plains, officially began work as parish priest of Annerley Ekibin in the new year. Fellow member Fr Paul Chandler, formerly parish priest of ... Read More »

Townsville leader reflects on living a year with cancer

Bishops at Wynberg

“I AM happy once more to leave my life and work in the diocese, completely in the hands of God. I did that at the beginning of last year and had one of the most amazing years of my life. I am looking forward to what lies ahead, whatever it may be.” Townsville Bishop Michael Putney, with these and other ... Read More »

Filipino devotion on the Coast

Thousands of Filipino Catholics dance and cheer through the streets of Cebu to mark the Feast Day of the Infant Child Jesus, known locally as Santo Nino.

DRUMS, chants and vibrant dress will fill Gold Coast streets on January 19 in Queensland’s first Sinulog Festival to honour one of the Philippines’ oldest religious devotions. The devotion to the Santo Nino, the Philippines’ answer to the Holy Infant of Prague statue, is celebrated annually in Cebu. And while Cebu was one of the worst-affected provinces hit by typhoon ... Read More »

Trusting in Jesus

Bishop Michael Putney

TOWNSVILLE Bishop Michael Putney is entering 2014 with unabated enthusiasm and an ambitious ongoing program of reform in the diocese despite his diagnosis of terminal cancer. The 67-year-old bishop was told at the end of 2012 that he had only months to live after medical tests revealed inoperable cancer which had spread from his stomach to his liver. Since then, ... Read More »

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