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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 »

St Ignatius students learn the science of Italian

YEAR 5 students at St Ignatius School, Toowong, are talking Italian when it comes to science classes. The school is trialing a method of language teaching called Content Language Integrated Learning, which involves the students learning Science in Italian rather than in English. At a workshop hosted by the school, parents experienced how their children were learning science through an ... Read More »

Garth’s living each day to the full

By Paul Dobbyn BIG, bright and colourful, packing a spiritual message aimed at today’s sensibilities, Garth Jakovic’s latest mural on the wall of a Gold Coast school is certainly stopping people in their tracks. Which is exactly what the Townsville-based artist has intended for this and other murals as he seeks to convey his hard-won faith. Considerable effort was required ... Read More »

Southport to become a ‘spiritual Bunnings’ under new parish priest

By Emilie Ng SOUTHPORT parish’s new parish priest Fr Jan Bialasiewicz is taking on the task to give his parishioners all they need to repair and refresh their missionary zeal and passion. Fr Bialasiewicz was installed as Southport parish priest on Sunday, April 6. He said Jesus’ mission was the “responsibility of all the parishioners” and he was prepared to ... Read More »

God upholds his law, but he forgives us all

WHEN Jesus forgave the adulteress, he was not questioning the sanctity of marriage; rather, he helped her recognise her sin and commanded she go in peace and sin no more, Pope Francis said. “God forgives, not with a decree, but with a caress, caressing our wounds of sin,” he said in his homily on April 7 during an early morning ... Read More »

Flooding devastates Solomon Islands

By Paul Dobbyn SALESIAN Missions director Brother Michael Lynch has called on Australian Catholics “not to wash their hands of caring for our neighbours the Solomon Islands doing it tough” in the wake of two severe cyclones in the past month. Heavy rain has led to severe flash flooding in the capital and heavy flooding in rural areas of Guadalcanal ... Read More »

Joy as sacramental life renewed

By Emilie Ng HOLY Week began in solidarity and fraternity for the 186 priests, bishops and deacons who publically renewed their vows at this year’s Chrism Mass held at St Stephen’s Cathedral on April 10. The congregation at St Stephen’s Cathedral witnessed renewal of vows and the blessing of the oil of catechumens and the oil of the sick and ... Read More »

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