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Pope accepts Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson’s resignation

Philip Wilson

POPE Francis has accepted the resignation of Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson convicted of concealing child abuse by a priest, taking action amid loud and public calls for his dismissal from Catholics, priests and even the prime minister. Wilson, 67, who submitted his resignation to the Pope on July 20, said he hoped his decision would be a “catalyst to heal ... Read More »

Brisbane entertainer sees God’s hand in his good fortune

Fortunata Isgro

HIS name literally means “fortunate” and 35 year-old entertainer Fortunato Isgro sees himself as exactly that. In reality however, Brisbane-based Fortunato can’t actually “see” himself with the same type of 20-20-vision that most take for granted. Fortunato was born with Retinitis Pigmentosa, or RP, a rare condition where the eye’s normal retina function is compromised, deteriorates and sometimes causes blindness. ... Read More »

Largest survey of young Catholics shows ‘great hope’ for millennials

youth

AUSTRALIA’S Bishops will use results from the largest survey of young Catholics in Australia to support young people facing problems with mental health, relationships, politics and living the faith in a secular world. More than 15,000 young peopled aged 16 to 29 completed a survey last year initiated by the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference for the upcoming Synod of Bishops ... Read More »

New project to collect energy consumption data from 141 Brisbane Catholic schools

Rick Dalmau from Brisbane Catholic Education

CATHOLIC schools in Brisbane have embarked on a far-reaching clean energy project that promises big power savings, and with the potential to set the Church on a pioneering path with Laudato Si’. “It’s got huge potential in Australia, and I think it has application overseas,” Jacqui Remond, the co-founder of the Global Catholic Climate Movement and Laudato Si’ consultant on ... Read More »

‘Bishop of the wheelchairs’ brings joy and hope to Cambodians

Bishop Enrique "Kike" Figaredo

JESUIT Father Enrique “Kike” Figaredo is known internationally as the bishop of the wheelchairs for his unique mission to Cambodia’s disabled, many of them maimed by landmines. Bishop Kike believes the sufferings of life are balanced out by love – a lesson learnt in a country where three decades of war has taken a severe toll. “Right after the war, ... Read More »

Canon lawyer agrees with proposal to include environmental care in canon law

Fr Adrian Farrelly

PLANS to make Catholics legally obligated not only “not to harm” the environment but to improve it has “real merit”, Brisbane canon lawyer Fr Adrian Farrelly said. Fr Farrelly, a judicial vicar for the Queensland Regional Tribunal, said he agreed overall with a proposal from the former head of the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts to insert a new canon in ... Read More »

Sky’s the limit for pilot Liam Morey as he takes on record-breaking trip

Young pilot Liam Morey

HIGH schooler Liam Morey won’t be needing boredom busters these holidays as he attempts to make a new world record for the youngest person to fly solo around Australia. The Year 11 student from Siena Catholic College, Sippy Downs, plans to become the youngest person to circumnavigate Australia solo by plane in September. The record in Australia is held by ... Read More »

Sister to 11 Nancy Webb is becoming a religious sister for life

Webb family

NANCY Webb is used to waking up to a full household of 14 people but she’s about to find out if she can handle life with a spiritual family nearly ten times the size. The young Catholic from Toowoomba is joining the Sisters of Life, a contemplative and active religious community of women founded in New York in 1991 to ... Read More »

Domus Dei Duo bringing Bach sacred music to the Church

Rachael Shipard and Eleanor Adeney

CLASSICALLY-trained musicians Eleanor Adeney and Rachael Shipard are adding churches to their list of potential venues to add “dignity and solemnity” to Catholic liturgies around Brisbane. The Brisbane Catholics and renowned musicians are combining their Catholic faith with their musical prowess to play sacred music for liturgies throughout Brisbane. “Our faith is very important to us and then we both ... Read More »

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