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Miracle girl

By Emilie Ng PARENTS of an eight-year-old girl who almost died last December received an “an unexpected blessing” from a Catholic high school last month. Lourdes Hill College, Hawthorne L’Arche and Disability Outreach service group captain Laura Ricca read Gabby Caldwell’s profile on the Developing Foundation website and was inspired to make a difference. “For us, taking an hour out of ... Read More »

How to be a ‘poor Church for the poor’


THE Vatican has announced a July meeting to explore how the Church can reach out to the “peripheries” and fulfil its charitable mission. The Foundation “Populorum Progressio” for Latin America will hold its annual meeting at the Vatican from July 10-14. Intended to offer an opportunity for reflection, the meeting will take as a starting point Pope Francis’ directions on the ... Read More »

Brisbane alive with young Catholics

Jesus Youth Queensland

BRISBANE archdiocese has been blessed with an outstanding numbers of youth and young adult groups who tirelessly work their spiritual muscles to grow the local Church. This weekend The Catholic Leader will showcase the numerous youth and young adult groups who are leaving their footprints as faithful Catholics in this archdiocese. The Youth Leader features young people from parishes, youth ... Read More »

Pope urges priests, bishops to keep their love for Jesus alive

Pope Francis and child

CELEBRATING an early-morning Mass with a congregation made up of priests and bishops, Pope Francis said they regularly need to ask themselves if they love Jesus as much as when they first encountered him, and whether ministry, not administration, is still their priority. “This is the question I ask myself, my brother bishops and priests: ‘How is your love today?’ ... Read More »

Pope says being Christian demands concrete actions

Pope Francis

BEING a good Christian demands concrete action and deeds, Pope Francis said. And, he said, the “how-to” manual was found in the beatitudes and the Last Judgment, which spelt out the consequences awaiting those who failed to help others in need. Jesus offered a guide to life that was “so simple, but very difficult”, the Pope said on June 9 ... Read More »

Pope gathers Holy Land leaders in name of peace

Holy Land presidents

PRAYING for peace in the Holy Land alongside leaders of long-antagonistic nations, Pope Francis called on God to act where human efforts had failed, to end what he described as violence inspired by the devil. “More than once we have been on the verge of peace, but the evil one, employing a variety of means, has succeeded in blocking it,” ... Read More »

Time capsule brings back memories of last 50 years

By Emilie Ng A FORMER student from St Kevin’s Primary School, Geebung, returned 25 years later to a “breathtaking” scene when he opened a time capsule he helped bury back in 1989. Nick Wood was 10 years old when he and two other students buried a case filled with uniforms, a tape recording of the official school song written in ... Read More »

Choir visit shows positive side of Africa

WITH energetic dance routines, colourful costumes and angelic voices, the Watoto Choir brought a little bit of Africa to St Peter Claver College, Riverview. The acclaimed  Watoto (Swahili for “child”) Choir made up of rescued Ugandan children aged between eight and 18, use dance, song and music to tell their personal stories and raise awareness of the plight of orphaned ... Read More »

Bishop asks for prayers at start of his ministry in Rockhampton diocese

By Emilie Ng ROCKHAMPTON diocese’s 10th bishop stepped out of St Joseph’s Cathedral feeling “absolutely terrific” after a tremendous welcome into his new diocese on May 29. Minutes after his ordination, Bishop McCarthy said he already felt “very much part of the Rockhampton diocese”. “It was a lovely celebration,” he said. “It’s great to be part of a new diocese.” Rockhampton’s ... Read More »

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