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Double celebration shared

By Paul Dobbyn BRISBANE Archbishop Mark Coleridge gave a personal insight into the “mystery” of his priestly vocation in a homily delivered at a Mass in St Stephen’s Cathedral to celebrate his 40th year in the priesthood. “I went to the seminary because I felt called,” he told the congregation gathered in the cathedral on May 17. “Forty-plus years later, ... Read More »

Budget dismay

By Paul Dobbyn THE 2014-15 Federal Budget’s widespread cuts to welfare, health, education and foreign aid have drawn sharp criticism from Catholic agencies. The cuts include changes to family benefits, resuming fuel excise increases, a $7 health care co-payment for GP visits and an estimated $7.6 billion decrease in foreign aid funding over the next five years. Federal Treasurer Joe ... Read More »

Bishop condemns the Manus solution as lacking moral worth

prisoner's hands through fence

By Peter Bugden THE scarred face of a man he met in the Curtin Immigration Detention Centre, in Western Australia, is one Bishop Christopher Saunders will never forget. The image of that man came back to Bishop Saunders on the day (May 8) the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference issued a statement calling for the end of the “institutionalised cruelty” of ... Read More »

‘People deserve a fair go’

caritas

  CARITAS Australia acting chief executive officer and international programs manager Jamie Davies as a trained economist understands the need for “fiscal restraint” driving the Federal Budget. But she believes the cutting of nearly $8 billion from Australia’s foreign aid funding in the next five years is a “disproportionate burden”. “Foreign aid cuts represent about 20 per cent of savings ... Read More »

Jesus’ way is a ride of a lifetime

ignite launch

By Emilie Ng LOOSE change from parishioners at Holy Cross Parish, Redcliffe helped 42 young people experience God amidst rollercoasters at Ignite Launch on Saturday, May 3. The Holy Cross Community Youth were among the 300 young people who raced to the gates at Movie World for the “creative evangelisation” project established by Brisbane-based youth ministry, Ignite Youth. Seminarian Dom ... Read More »

Pope to beatify Pope Paul VI at end of synod on the family

Pope Paul VI

POPE Francis will beatify Pope Paul VI  on October 19 during the closing Mass of the extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family.  Pope Francis signed a decree May 9 recognising a miracle attributed to the intercession of Pope Paul, who led the church from 1963 to 1978, and authorised publication of the October 19 beatification date, according to a ... Read More »

Budget cuts ‘rip the guts out of’ a fair Australia

budget

By Paul Dobbyn  THE 2014-15 Federal Budget’s widespread cuts to welfare, health, education and foreign aid have drawn sharp criticism from key national and state Catholic agencies. The cuts include changes to family benefits, resuming fuel excise increases, a $7 health-care co-payment for GP visits and an estimated $7.6 billion decrease in foreign aid funding over the next five years. ... Read More »

Bishops say enough is enough of cruelty to asylum seekers

Refugees

By Peter Bugden  THE Australian Catholic bishops have a clear message for the Federal Government and for the broader community, on asylum-seeker policy – “Enough of this institutionalised cruelty”. That was the plea made in a May 8 statement from the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference plenary meeting in Sydney. The bishops, making an “urgent plea for a respect for the ... Read More »

Students proud to call themselves future leaders  

Powerhouse of Leaders

A CHANCE to inspire “key leaders for the future” brought Catholic schools teachers, campus ministers, Catholic youth ministries, and staff from Brisbane Catholic Education back for the fifth annual Brisbane Powerhouse of Leaders. More than 500 senior students from 40 Catholic schools in the Brisbane archdiocese attended the event on May 12. Students were asked to personally reflect on “hard ... Read More »

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