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Brisbane Archbishop releases new pastoral letter defending traditional marriage

Brisbane Archbishop releases new pastoral letter defending traditional marriage

AS battle lines deepen over whether Australians voters should oppose or support same-sex marriage, Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge has advised of the importance of upholding traditional marriage. “This debate is about the meaning of marriage, and that’s why it’s important that everyone have their say in the postal vote,” Archbishop Coleridge wrote in a pastoral letter, which is published in ... Read More »

Voice consultant to Royal Shakespeare Company stresses the power of speech for Catholic professionals

Voice consultant to Royal Shakespeare Company stresses the power of speech for Catholic professionals

AUSTRALIAN Catholic University’s Professor Paul Carding believes  speech is the most powerful tool humans have. Speaking at the August luncheon of Assembly of Catholic Professionals in Brisbane, Professor Carding said it was possible for most of people to deliver speeches which were “not just polished” but “motivating, inspiring and yes, potentially even life-changing”. A world expert in voice and speech ... Read More »

Springfield’s newest place to call home

Springfield’s newest place to call home

SPRINGFIELD’S new Our Lady of the Southern Cross church was opened during a joyous dedication attended by more than 700 people on September 1. Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge presided, in a church filled with members of a rapidly-growing parish community, that features more than 25 nationalities. “It was very exciting. People are just very happy to have a place they ... Read More »

Mojgan Shamsalipoor shares struggle to remain in Australia with Brisbane students as part of book tour

Mojgan Shamsalipoor shares struggle to remain in Australia with Brisbane students as part of book tour

IRANIAN woman Mojgan Shamsalipoor has started a tour of schools across Queensland explaining to students and teachers the plight of refugees and asylum seekers held in detention. The 24-year-old remains on a temporary bridging visa, and still faces deportation or detention by the end of the year. As she awaits an Immigration Department decision about her future, Ms Shamsalipoor has ... Read More »

Expert picked by Pope to fight child sexual abuse visiting Brisbane to talk with priest, bishops, and laity

Expert picked by Pope to fight child sexual abuse visiting Brisbane to talk with priest, bishops, and laity

BRISBANE will host a public seminar by one of the Church’s front-line fighters against child sexual abuse, German Jesuit Father Hans Zollner. With a reputation as a reformer, Pope Francis named Fr Zollner, together with Irish child abuse survivor Marie Collins as founding members of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors in 2014. Fr Zollner is president of ... Read More »

Impressive first church ready to open at Springfield

Impressive first church ready to open at Springfield

BRISBANE’S newest church will be blessed and dedicated next Friday – the completion of a “spiritual dream” for parish priest Fr Mauro Conte and patient parishioners of Our Lady of the Southern Cross, Springfield Lakes. For seven years Springfield’s place of worship has been a hall at St Augustine’s College, with packed Sunday congregations reaching 450-500 people. Together parishioners have ... Read More »

All Hallows’ graduate shocked by refugee visa process starts charity to support child asylum seekers

All Hallows’ graduate shocked by refugee visa process starts charity to support child asylum seekers

SEEING asylum seekers struggle to fill out a “deliberately impossible” visa application has motivated a Catholic school graduate to give child refugees a better chance at staying in Australia. All Hallows’ School graduate from 2014, Rory McGahan, is the co-founder of The Unknown Project, a new Brisbane-based initiative that sells wrapped second-hand books to buy school resources for young asylum ... Read More »

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