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Pope Francis blesses Australia during his official meeting with Scalabrinian New Farm priest

Pope Francis blesses Australia during his official meeting with Scalabrinian New Farm priest

TOPICS including migration, prayer and the elderly were at the forefront of recent discussions between Pope Francis and New Farm parish priest Scalabrinian Father Martin Ignacio Gutierrez. Fr Gutierrez was in Rocca Di Papa, Italy, at the time for the general chapter of the Scalabrinian Fathers, to elect a new superior general. The Scalabrinians are an international community of religious ... Read More »

Faith unites and strengthens Our Lady of the Valley parish at joyful Christmas Celebration

Faith unites and strengthens Our Lady of the Valley parish at joyful Christmas Celebration

RIVALRIES between Gatton and Laidley were laid to rest in 2016 when the Catholic faith communities amalgamated, becoming Our Lady of the Valley Parish.  The sporting rivalries continue, but everyone was a winner on November 23 when parishioners, family and friends of the Gatton Laidley parish gathered at the Laidley Cultural Centre to celebrate the spiritual strength of our community ... Read More »

Schools’ energy commitment: It’s not just about power, but ‘caring for the environment’

Schools’ energy commitment: It’s not just about power, but ‘caring for the environment’

2018. IT was the year a fully electric vehicle had its first test run on Australian roads – here in Queensland.  And it was the year Brisbane Catholic schools embarked on a pioneering clean-energy project that aims to contribute to a planet-saving “ecological conversion”. “We’ve made a public commitment to living Laudato Si’ … it’s not just about saving power ... Read More »

Cooking up a fresh start – New bakery offering refugee chef a chance to begin again

Cooking up a fresh start – New bakery offering refugee chef a chance to begin again

By Mark Bowling  A REFUGEE chef from war-torn Syria is working towards a fresh start in Australia by sharing his culinary skills and culture at a new bakery-cafe south of Brisbane. After fleeing Aleppo with his young Catholic family two years ago, George Tabbakh, a third-generation baker, is now making Lebanese bread and Middle Eastern treats in suburban Underwood, with ... Read More »

Nudgee College and Australian media honour top achiever Sean Dorney

Nudgee College and Australian media honour top achiever Sean Dorney

ACCLAIMED foreign correspondent Sean Dorney remains firmly in the limelight, picking up two major awards recently despite his daily struggle with motor neurone disease. Diagnosed with the debilitating disease last year and with specialists predicting two years to live, Mr Dorney now finds himself growing weaker, with even simple movements requiring energy-sapping effort. He returned to his old school Brisbane’s ... Read More »

Sexting common among teens – ‘Parents have to play their part in the responsible use of phones’

Sexting common among teens – ‘Parents have to play their part in the responsible use of phones’

PARENTS must take responsibility for young people using their smartphones, including cracking down on rampant teen sexting, a Catholic education leader says. “Phones are here to stay so how do we use them properly?”  Catholic School Parents Queensland executive director Carmel Nash said. “Parents have to play their part in the responsible use of phones. “Schools can’t be responsible for everything.” ... Read More »

Brisbane parish group empowered a remote, war-torn Catholic region of East Timor

Brisbane parish group empowered a remote, war-torn Catholic region of East Timor

BRISBANE parishioners have celebrated a mission accomplished after 18 years supporting projects in East Timor that have empowered a remote, war-torn Catholic community and yielded lifelong friendships. In 2000, parishioners of St John’s Wood/The Gap first heard about the plight of impoverished villagers in the mountainous region of Atabae, home to about 10,000 people in the west of East Timor. ... Read More »

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