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Pope Francis’ words and actions offer inspiration

By Emilie Ng POPE Francis’ “warm smile” and “joyful face” were among some of the leadership traits pointed out by Catholic lay and religious leaders at Catholic Mission’s Brisbane Colloquium on April 28. Mission and evangelisation leaders from across the Brisbane archdiocese and beyond gathered to talk about the “Pope Francis effect” and discuss ways to practically live the Holy ... Read More »

ANZACs honoured by students

CATHOLIC schools across the archdiocese commemorated Anzac Day with ceremonies to recognise and remember Australian and New Zealand soldiers who have served in the defence forces. This year also marked 99 years since ANZAC troops landed and fought courageously in Gallipoli during the First World War. Year 7 students at St Kevin’s School, Benowa’s presented a moving tribute to the ... Read More »

Papal saints of different styles but same ministry

Papal saints

By Archbishop Mark Coleridge  THE two popes canonised last weekend were men of very different background, personality and style; and there’s been much comment about the decision of Pope Francis to canonise both men on the same day. Many saw it as an attempt to bridge the ideological divide in the Church, which made the decision largely political. But it ... Read More »

Great popes canonised as saints

By Emilie Ng SAINT Peter’s successors Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII joined the thousands of souls proclaimed as saints by the Church at their canonisation in St Peter’s Square today. Pope Francis announced in late September that he would proclaim the two popes as saints on Divine Mercy Sunday. The Polish Catholic community in Bowen Hills expressed ... Read More »

European pilgrimage summons priest and his people

MARYBOROUGH’S parish priest will lead a pilgrimage to Italy to visit the beauty and wonders of Venice, Turin, Florence, Assisi, Rome, and Pompeii.  Two years ago Fr Paul Kelly led a visit to the Holy Land for an experience that fellow pilgrims later described as the “most spiritual and informative of their lives”. The spiritual fruit of the trip has ... Read More »

Red Hill’s ‘major landmark’ turns 100

BRISBANE’S marvellous St Brigid’s Church, Red Hill will “open the doors” to share its centenary year as an historic city icon during the Brisbane Open House in October. St Brigid’s has been an iconic building in Brisbane’s history, and many faithful worshippers believe more people should see the church in all its glory. Listed as a heritage building by the ... Read More »

Rediscovering a Polish treasure

By Fr Rafal Rucinski PACKING my bags and getting ready to go to Rome as the chaplain for the Australian pilgrims to the canonisation of Blesed pope’s John XXIII and John Paul II, I reflect about the significance of the event for me and for the people going with me. Due to my age John XXIII is a great saint ... Read More »

Remembering the legacy of Pope John XXIII

By Fr Clem Hodge BLESSED John XXIII, like Pope John Paul I, had been Patriarch of Venice. Each of these popes had a sense of humour. Each had a great simplicity. Each was close to God. There are myriads of saints in Heaven who will never be canonised. So why canonise popes and so soon after their death? Saints in ... Read More »

Lucky escape

By Paul Dobbyn NORTHERN Queensland dioceses “dodged a bullet“ as Cyclone Ita crossed the coast on April 11 causing little damage to churches, schools and other properties. Cairns diocesan project services manager Shane Watson captured the sense of anticlimax and relief through northern parishes in the wake of the potentially devastating cyclone. “We’ve dodged a bullet, so to speak, with ... Read More »

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