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Sister from Eileen O’Connor’s order ‘nudged’ Church to advance her cause for sainthood

Eileen O'Connor and Theresa McLaughlin

THE former congregational leader for Our Lady’s Nurses for the Poor possibly “nudged” the Holy See to consider her foundress, Sydney woman Eileen O’Connor, as Australia’s next saint. Miss O’Connor, who founded Our Lady’s Nurses for the Poor, or the Brown Nurses, in 1913, was given formal recognition as a candidate for sainthood after receiving the title of Servant of ... Read More »

Brisbane priest originally from Kerala says disastrous floods ‘the worst I’ve heard in my whole life’

Kerala flods

INDIAN priests from Kerala, the southern Indian state experiencing the worst floods in 100 years, could only pray from their Brisbane presbyteries as they watched their home state disappear under water. “This is the worst I’ve heard in my whole life,” Yeronga parish priest and Kerala native Fr Josekutty Vadakkel said. Heavy rains and landslides during India’s customary June-July monsoon ... Read More »

‘Heinous’ abortion laws tabled in Queensland Parliament by Labor Government today

young child protests abortion bill

LABOR has introduced laws aimed at legalising abortion into the Queensland parliament today (August 22), despite latest polling that shows majority opposition among voters. If passed, the laws, would allow women to have an abortion up to 22 weeks, or up until birth if approved by two doctors. Also, “exclusion zones” of 150 metres would be in place around abortion ... Read More »

‘Words are not enough’: Australian Bishops welcome Pope’s letter on abuse but call for action

Pope Francis

THE Catholic bishops of Australia have welcomed Pope Francis’ letter to Catholics regarding sexual abuse in the Church. Australian Catholic Bishops Conference president Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge said the letter, released on August 20, included important words from Pope Francis, but noted words were not enough. “Now is the time for action on many levels – one of which is ... Read More »

Brisbane author Roger L’Huillier forever changed by God’s grace and mercy

ROGER L’Huillier can’t be forgiven for forgetting his wedding anniversary. His forward-thinking wife Joan was clever enough to coincide their November 4, 1967, nuptials with Roger’s birthday. “Joan picked the date so that I’d have no excuses in remembering our anniversary,” the Brisbane Catholic and author of two faith-based books said. Born in Melbourne, Roger reflected on his good fortune ... Read More »

Head of CNS Greg Erlandson calls Catholic journalists to be beacons of hope

Greg Erlandson

DIRECTOR and editor-in-chief of Catholic News Service Greg Erlandson tries to look beyond the daily barrage of bad news engulfing the Church. “However painful each new revelation is, however tired we are of it all, our commitment must continue to be: Whatever it takes; whatever it costs; however long it lasts,” the 65-year-old said from CNS Washington headquarters, ahead of ... Read More »

Catholic world has eyes on Australia’s Plenary Council, US theologian says

Richard Gaillardetz

THE entire Catholic world is watching as the Church in Australia moves towards the Plenary Council 2020, according to one of America’s leading theologians. “I think this is one of the most important things that is going to happen in the Church – universal – in the next four or five years,” Joseph Professor of Catholic Systematic Theology, Boston College, ... Read More »

Catholics pray for Deputy Premier Jackie Trad’s change of heart on abortion

Mothers and children pray Rosary outside Jackie Trad's office

MOTHER-of-nine Belinda Goodwin is praying the hardest Rosary of her life in an effort to protect women and the unborn from abortion in Queensland. The Catholic mother, whose children aged between 17 years and 17 months, was among a group of about 20 Catholics including children who prayed the Rosary outside Queensland Deputy Premier Jackie Trad’s office on August 10. ... Read More »

Rosies searching for Brisbane northside site to expand outreach to homeless

Rosies general manager Andrew O'Brien

HOMELESS men, women and children living rough on Brisbane’s north could soon be making friends with a new team of volunteers for Catholic charity, Rosies. The charity is hoping to open its first branch on the north side by the end of the year. The decision is in response to data from the 2016 Census showing an increase in homelessness ... Read More »

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