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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 »

Pope says half-hearted Catholics aren’t really Catholics at all

Pope Francis

THOSE who insist others pray and believe exactly like they do, those who have alternatives to every Church teaching and benefactors who use the Church as a cover for business connections may call themselves Catholics, but they have one foot out the door, Pope Francis said. “Many people say they belong to the Church”, but in reality have “only one ... Read More »

Oratory to fund two seminarians by end of year

By Emilie Ng SUPPORTERS for the Brisbane Oratory raised $30,000 at the inaugural Vallicella Dinner on Saturday, May 24. The money will go towards sending two more men to study in the Toronto Oratory seminary. Seven men have already made inquiries to join the Oratory community in Brisbane, with two men close to finalising an application to study in the ... Read More »

Patriarch to join Pope, presidents in prayer for Holy Land

Pope Francis and Patriarch

THE Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, Bartholomew I, will be in Rome on Sunday, June 8, to take part in the prayer for peace in the Holy Land. During the Mass in Bethlehem on May 25, Pope Francis invited Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli President Shimon Peres to pray with him at the Vatican for peace in the Holy Land. ... Read More »

Pope calling for the world’s Christians to pray for peace

POPE Francis has called on the world’s Christians to pray with him for peace in the Middle East, to help convince governments to come to the aid of refugees and pray for Christian unity. While peace was a gift from God, it was also built out of the day-to-day handiwork of individuals: true “artisans of peace”, who were capable of ... Read More »

Filipinos giving thanks

By Paul Dobbyn FILIPINO woman Kristele Agote has a personal message for generous Australians whose support is helping her rebuild after last year’s devastating Typhoon Haiyan. “We want to thank every one of you who helped us, who donated to help us,” she said. Ms Agote is one of many in Philippines communities rebuilding six months after Typhoon Haiyan and ... Read More »

50,000 Catholic charismatics pray over Pope

Pope Francis with charismatics

MEETING more than 50,000 Catholic charismatics in Rome’s Olympic Stadium, Pope Francis admitted he was not always comfortable with the way they prayed, but he knelt onstage as they prayed for him and over him by singing and speaking in tongues. “In the early years of the charismatic renewal in Buenos Aires, I did not have much love for charismatics,” ... Read More »

Catholic sector welcomes increased State Government investment in education

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QUEENSLAND Catholic Education Commission has welcomed an overall increase in recurrent spending on education in the non-state sector announced in the State budget on June 3.  Queensland Treasurer Tim Nicholls announced an increase of about seven per cent in that spending.  QCEC executive director Mike Byrne said: “We are pleased that in a tough fiscal environment the Newman Government has ... Read More »

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