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Queensland youth to unite in Krakow

QUEENSLAND’S bishops and youth ministers are close to finalising plans for “an enriching spiritual experience for young people” headed to World Youth Day 2016 in Krakow. The tentative pilgrimage includes visits to surrounding countries with a spiritual focus on St John Paul II, the WYD’s founder and Polish citizen. The package also includes a post-WYD retreat in a European country ... Read More »

Storm havoc hits Brisbane schools, churches

  ANNERLEY-Ekibin parish priest Fr Adrian Sharp on his way home, trapped in heavy hail in his car in stand-still traffic, felt the full fury of Thursday afternoon’s super storm. Worse still awaited him back at his parish. “Basically, every stained-glass window in the church (Mary Immaculate) facing south, the direction where the storm came from, was smashed,“ he said ... Read More »

Advent Pastoral Message 2014 – The two become one flesh

newly weds holding hands

This is Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge’s Advent Pastoral Letter Dear brothers and sisters, Marriage has been much on the Church’s mind in recent times. The first of the two sessions of the Synod of Bishops on marriage has recently been held in Rome and the second will follow next year. In another sense, marriage is much on the Church’s mind ... Read More »

Deacons called to serve

By Adi Indra THREE Nigerian seminarians entered the final stage towards the priesthood when they were ordained deacons for the Brisbane archdiocese on November 21. Deacons Odinaka Nwadike, Paul Eloagu and Dominic Orih were ordained by Brisbane auxiliary Bishop Brian Finnigan in Holy Spirit Chapel at Australian Catholic University, Banyo. Priest and deacons visited from Queensland dioceses including Brisbane, Townsville ... Read More »

Christmas appeal for Patrick

By Paul Dobbyn TOWNSVILLE diocese’s people are praying Immigration Minister Scott Morrison will “open his heart” and deliver them a special Christmas present. The gift is the release of Patrick Wilson, a much-loved and respected Afghani refugee and community member, facing deportation after being held in a Darwin detention centre since September 30. Mr Wilson, 30, who became a Catholic ... Read More »

Prominent Muslims hope Pope’s Turkey trip can show Islam’s peaceful side

Blue Mosque

TWO prominent Muslim religious figures in Turkey welcomed the upcoming visit of Pope Francis to their country, saying they hoped it could shed light on the “peace” of Islam and help change bad images associated with that religion. At Istanbul’s famed Sultan Ahmed Mosque – often referred to as the Blue Mosque because of the turquoise tiles that adorn the ... Read More »

Faith leaders honoured

By Emilie Ng BRISBANE celebrated the best in Catholic leadership at The Catholic Leader’s first national awards ceremony, The Community Leader Awards 2014. More than 200 people including Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge, archdiocesan priests, parishioners and corporate leaders attended the inaugural event in the St Stephen’s Cathedral precinct on November 19. Nominees for the 2014 School Leader of the Year, ... Read More »

Community at St Mark’s Primary School, Inala grieves their beloved priest

STAFF and students at St Mark’s Primary School, Inala have stopped classes to pray for the repose of the soul of Divine Word Missionaries Father Gerard Mulholland. The Maryborough-born priest died in Sydney’s Macquarie University Hospital around 9.45 am  on Wednesday November 26. He had been diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease in May this year. St Mark’s principal Garry Montgomery said classes ... Read More »

Pope calls European Parliament to rejuvenate ‘grandmother’ Europe

Pope Francis in European Parliament

THE 77-year-old grandson of European immigrants to Argentina, Pope Francis urged the European Parliament to value the continent’s faiths and recuperate a sense of responsibility for the common good to rejuvenate Europe’s social, political and economic life. “In many quarters we encounter a general impression of weariness and ageing, of a Europe which is now a ‘grandmother’, no longer fertile ... Read More »

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