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Catholic aid groups hope latest Israeli-Hamas cease-fire holds

Palestinians celebrate cease-fire

CATHOLIC aid organisations are hopeful that the most recent cease-fire between Israel and Hamas will hold as they begin to assess the needs in Gaza after 50 days of war. “This is a window of opportunity,” said Sami El-Yousef, Catholic Near East Welfare Association’s regional director for Israel and the Palestinian territories. “(We hope) the unity government will take the ... Read More »

Christian refugees want to know ‘can we ever return?’

Refugee woman and child

RETURNING from a visit to the Kurdish region of Iraq, Syriac Catholic Patriarch Ignace Joseph III Younan called the Islamic State invasion “pure and simple religious cleansing and attempted genocide”. “What we, the five patriarchs, saw in Ankawa, Irbil and other cities of Kurdistan, was something indescribable in terms of the violation of human rights and the threat of disappearing ... Read More »

Extraordinary women

By Emilie Ng AFTER 50 years supporting Queensland women in and out of Catholic action movements, the Young Christian Workers Past Members Association of Brisbane has come to an end. More than 80 surviving members, all former female members of the Young Christian Workers, the National Catholic Girls’ Movement and the Grail, met for the last time at St Stephen’s Cathedral ... Read More »

Proof of Gospel’s worldwide reach

By Emilie Ng WORLD cultures may be vastly different in routines and customs but parishioners from St Patrick’s, Beenleigh, proved Christ is their common denominator. More than 600 parishioners and members of the Beenleigh community shared not only food from over 50 destinations, but joined in for an eternal feast in a multicultural Mass. The Liturgy of the Word was proclaimed ... Read More »

New leader for seminary

By Paul Dobbyn FR John Grace has responded with surprise, humility and enthusiasm to the news of his appointment as Holy Spirit Provincial Seminary’s rector from 2016. “My appointment as the thirteenth rector of Holy Spirit Seminary from 2016 came to me as a surprise,” the 71-year-old priest said. “I had never imagined nor contemplated being invited to become rector ... Read More »

Peace prayers

By Paul Dobbyn THE sacrifices people have made for their faith in Iraq are a vivid reality for Brisbane priest Fr Gerry Hefferan. He visited the war-torn region last year and saw relics from 20th century martyrs held in a sacred vessel in a northern Iraq church. He is continuing prayers for peace in Iraq. The Bracken Ridge parish priest ... Read More »

Panic, hunger spread among quarantined West Africans in Ebola areas

Liberians wait for food

HUNGER and panic are spreading among people unable to work because of restrictions aimed at containing the spread of Ebola in Liberia and Sierra Leone, say Church workers in West Africa. In Liberia’s capital, Monrovia, Church groups “are trying to get food and distribute it to families who have asked us to help, but movement is heavily restricted and there ... Read More »

Free ACU business lectures at new city campus

ACU launches new business lecture

HOW to create a sustainable retirement income will be the first of six free business lectures offered by the new Brisbane CBD campus of the Australian Catholic University. The first session is on Friday, August 29 from 5.30pm to 7pm. The sessions are being offered to celebrate the opening of the ACU’s Leadership Centre, which offers a choice of three ... Read More »

Care at the cutting edge

By Paul Dobbyn MONSIGNOR Robert Vitillo often tells the story of the ageing South African bishop who volunteered to share a room with a young AIDS- infected man at a Caribbean seminar on the disease in the late 1980s. The American-born priest, for the past 27 years full-time special advisor on HIV and AIDS to Caritas Internationalis, uses the story to ... Read More »

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