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Divine Mercy Sunday: A love story in Rome

Divine Mercy Sunday in Rome

Brisbane Catholic woman and teacher Ora Duffley shares what it’s like to be in St Peter’s Square with thousands of pilgrims from around the world for the Divine Mercy Sunday Mass with Pope Francis. The Mass was celebrated in Rome overnight.    A GLORIOUS morning dawned in Vatican City on April 8, the kind when one could not be anything ... Read More »

Local club that walks the highest peaks in Queensland turns 60

Catholic bushwalking club members Mervyn Galvin and Michele Endicott

SIXTY years ago on the slopes of Mt Tibrogargan, north of Brisbane, Fr William “Willie” Hayes gathered a group of enthusiastic trekkers and led them down the wild bush trails, on an adventure which would birth a club. Among them was a young man named Mervyn Galvin. Mr Galvin fondly recalled those first summer trips with the newly emerging Brisbane ... Read More »

Have you considered ‘digital fasting’ for Lent?

Digital fasting

BRISBANE Archbishop Mark Coleridge has encouraged Catholics to consider “digital fasting” this Lent. He made the suggestion during his Ash Wednesday homily on February 14 at the Cathedral of St Stephen, Brisbane. The Archbishop added digital fasting to the more traditional call to fast from food and other activities and habits as a mark of self-denial as Catholics contemplate Christ’s ... Read More »

The heart of London is the home of martyrs

Tyburn site of the martyrs

Brisbane photo-journalist Alan Edgecomb writes about his visit to the Tyburn Tree, a place in London where 105 Catholics were martyred during the Reformation. THEY were hanged, drawn and quartered for refusing to take the oath attached to the Act of Succession. I know little of English history, so I was surprised when Borsbane Oratory priest Fr Adrian Sharp spoke ... Read More »

Learning to lament this Lenten season

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This is Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge’s Lenten message ON Ash Wednesday we heard the prophet’s words: “Come back to me with all your heart, fasting, weeping, mourning” (Joel 2:12) – words which echo one of the key themes of Scripture, the theme of lament. Ancient Israel had to make sense of the blood, sweat and tears that so often marked ... Read More »

Japanese samurai who ‘remained rock solid for Christ’ beatified

Blessed

Takayama Ukon was be beatified on February 7. Marist Father Paul Glynn shares some history from his amazing life. ST Francis Xavier strode manfully from a small boat into feudal Japan on the feast of Mary’s Assumption, August 15, 1549, the day he had taken his vows as a Jesuit. There was no semblance of a dictionary that translated Japanese ... Read More »

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