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Waiting in hope

By Paul Dobbyn SRI Lankan husband-and-wife asylum seekers Elizabeth and Suji Sunderalingam, of Springfield, are praying for a miracle. The Tamil couple, who are members of Our Lady of the Southern Cross Parish, recently became first-time parents and had their baby Karistian baptised there. Now they are praying for Australian citizenship. Parish priest Fr Mauro Conte said the parish was ... Read More »

Centenary celebrated at St Columba’s

By Emilie Ng ONE hundred years has passed since David W. Tipler built Wilston’s Catholic church, St Columba’s – a task that only took four months. Parishioner Josephine Nolan remembers a time when the church and the parish school shared the surrounding 3ha of farmland. The 80-year-old has been a part of St Columba’s parish community for 56 years. “We came ... Read More »

ACU vice chancellor to stay in role

By Paul Dobbyn AUSTRALIAN Catholic University vice chancellor Professor Greg Craven’s twice-extended appointment is acknowledgment of the key role his leadership has played in the university’s steady growth. Acting ACU chancellor Edward Exell said the university’s growth had “almost doubled through a careful and measured process that has delivered astonishing results”. “Professor Craven has been central to cultivating a premier ... Read More »

Young people are to have their say about the Church

By Emilie Ng YOUNG Catholics in Brisbane were given the promise to be heard by their Archbishop at the launch of his Pentecost letter on Sunday, June 15. Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge’s Pentecost letter challenged young people to reflect honestly about how the Church has or has not supported them. Archbishop Coleridge has asked young people to tell him if the ... Read More »

The Pastoral Project of ‘Evangelii Gaudium’

Evangelii Gaudium

By Ann Schneible “THE Pastoral Project of Evangelii Gaudium” is the title of an international meeting to be held at the Vatican later this year for all those engaged in pastoral care. The meeting, which is being organised by the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelisation, will reflect on the central themes of Pope Francis’ first apostolic ... Read More »

Could Pope Francis go to China?

WHEN Pope Francis visits South Korea, on August 14-18, he will take part in Asian Youth Day with delegates from some 30 countries, preside over the beatification of 124 Korean martyrs and meet with President Park Geun-hye. South Korea is one of Asia’s major economies, with a small but growing Catholic Church. It is also half of a divided peninsula, ... Read More »

Pope on Corpus Christi: Jesus in the Eucharist gives life, love

Pope Francis elevates Eucharist

JESUS is the living bread that can satisfy a person’s deepest yearnings, Pope Francis said on the feast of the Body and Blood of Christ. “Besides physical hunger, people have another hunger, one that cannot be satisfied with ordinary food,” the Pope said on June 19. “It is the hunger for life, hunger for love (and) hunger for eternity.” Although ... Read More »

St Francis right for Crestmead

By Emilie Ng MARK Fogarty believes St Francis of Assisi is the perfect saint to guide the Catholic community in Crestmead. The head of St Francis College Crestmead’s secondary campus, who is retiring on June 27, has spent almost 25 years trying to understand their saintly patron better. “You could have had all sorts of saints as your guiding light, but ... Read More »

Pope asks prayers, dignified welcome for refugees

Myanmar refugee camp

ADDRESSING Mary as “mother of refugees”, Pope Francis offered prayers for the millions of people in the world forced to flee their homelands, and he asked Catholics to reach out to them with assistance and a real welcome. “Remember, Jesus was a refugee; he and Mary and Joseph had to go to Egypt to save his life,” the Pope said ... Read More »

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