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Don’t use God as ‘armour’ for waging violence, Pope says in Albania

Pope Francis in Albania

IN a world “where an authentic religious spirit is being perverted and where religious differences are being distorted and exploited”, Albania is an “aspiring example” to everyone that peaceful co-existence is possible, Pope Francis said during a one-day visit to the country on September 21. The people of this Balkan nation withstood centuries of Ottoman rule followed by an independence ... Read More »

Sisters of Charity honoured for 175 years of dedication

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By Emilie Ng AUSTRALIA’S first women religious, the Sisters of Charity, have been honoured with a memorial plaque presented to two health care ministries under the Sisters’ care in Brisbane. St Vincent’s Private Hospital and Marycrest Retirement Centre, both in Kangaroo Point, received the plaque at a retirement and hospital community Mass on September 16. Five Sisters of Charity arrived ... Read More »

Making friends through kind deeds

PNG donations

ST Thomas More College, Sunnybank’s donation of school resources has been welcomed by three high schools in Papua New Guinea. A 6.5m container filled with more than 100 each of chairs and tables, filing cabinets, 160 boxes of education resources, 40 pairs of football boots, bicycles, footballs and clothing arrived in the river port town of Kiunga in the North ... Read More »

Becoming like little children

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By Carrie McCormack OUR family was living in Melbourne while I was lacing up the boots of my four-year-old. I lifted her foot up to lean against me to get a good grip. She exclaimed, “Mum. Be careful. There’s a baby in there.” I was surprised and thought, that would be possible but unlikely. I carried on getting out the ... Read More »

World facing greatest humanitarian crisis since Second World War

Palestinian boy

CARITAS Internationalis president Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga has warned that the world is facing the greatest humanitarian crisis since the Second World War. Opening a High Level Caritas meeting from September 15 in Rome for the crises in the Middle East, he made an impassioned call for peace. “Further violence is never the answer,” he said. “It will just lead ... Read More »

Bishop visits Capuchin parishes

Capuchins and Bishop Oudeman

By Emile Ng CAPUCHIN friars living south of the Brisbane river welcomed one of their own, Brisbane auxiliary Bishop Joseph Oudeman, into their community earlier this month. Bishop Oudeman made a pastoral visit to his fellow Capuchin brothers between September 5 and 7. He also met with members of the connecting school and parish communities. Children from St Ita’s, Dutton ... Read More »

Nigerian priests return home

Fr Chukwudi & Fr Nicholas

By Emilie Ng and Joe Higgins BRISBANE parishes welcomed two new priests returning from their home in Nigeria this month for their first three years of priestly mission in the archdiocese. Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge ordained Fr Chuckwudi Chinaka and Fr Nicholas Okafor along with eight other men for their home Diocese of Umuahia, Nigeria. Fr Chinaka said being ordained ... Read More »

Building awareness of the permanent diaconate

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WITHOUT a wife by his side Brisbane archdiocese’s permanent Deacon Peter Devenish-Meares said he couldn’t take on the task of “being Christ” in the world. Deacon Devenish-Meares and wife Jo Devenish-Meares have spent the last 10 years adjusting to a life with three daughters and being an ordained ministry for the Church. The deacon and wife joined 10 others with ... Read More »

The dawn of a new era for Lourdes Hill College

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By Emilie Ng AFTER 18 months of changing the Brisbane skyline, Lourdes Hill College in Hawthorne last week officially opened and blessed its new $18 million facilities last week. The Catholic secondary girls’ school’s building project is the largest undertaken in its 98-year history. Growing numbers of students and the introduction of the first Year 7 students in 2015 prompted ... Read More »

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