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Love and mercy lighting the way for Fr Grace

“DELIGHTED” was the way Fr Michael Grace described his attitude as he continues pastoral leadership on Brisbane’s northside following the amalgamation of Wilston and Gordon Park parishes into the newly named Good Samaritan Parish. After five years as an associate pastor in other parts of the diocese, in 2014, Fr ... Read More »

Violence is driving more people out on the streets

homeless

AN increasing number of people who are homeless and seeing support services are doing so to flee family and domestic violence, a Federal Government agency says. A report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare shows 279,000 people sought homelessness services in 2015-16, with two in five people seeking ... Read More »

Lord’s Prayer in parliament a good reminder of work beyond politics

parliament

PRAYING the Lord’s Prayer in Queensland Parliament would remind politicians of a higher calling beyond politics, Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge said. Responding to a report in The Courier-Mail on mixed reaction from Labor ministers about the Lord’s Prayer during parliament, the Archbishop said the Lord’s Prayer was an “effective way” ... Read More »

Music, Mary and Metallica: Emma Fradd’s stairway to heaven

THERE were two things that changed Emma Fradd’s life. The first was the Gibson Flying V guitar James Hetfield of the heavy metal band Metallica strummed in the ’90s. Or more specifically, it was seeing her older brother hold a replica of the Mighty Het’s prized possession as a teenager.  ... Read More »

Taxi driver who saved 11 people from Moorooka bus fire is a Catholic father

Aguek Nyok

TAXI driver and Catholic father-of-four Aguek Nyok is still coming to grips with being publicly hailed a hero for helping save 11 people caught in a bus fire in Brisbane’s south on October 28. Mr Nyok, who fled from the horrors of war-torn Sudan more than a decade ago as ... Read More »

Brisbane man caring for brothers with mental disabilities says carers desperately need respite

Carers need support

PETER Wilkinson has spent 23 years as a carer, and while he is not one to complain, he does want this message heard – “carers need respite and support too”. Mr Wilkinson, 59, is among an estimated 2.7 million Australians who shoulder an enormous community burden as informal carers, and ... Read More »

Iraqi Christians living in Brisbane who made a mass exodus from Qaraqosh rejoice at liberation of their region

iraqi liberation

BRISBANE’S Iraqi Christian refugees have joined worldwide celebrations as US-backed Iraqi forces regain towns and cities across northern Iraq, driving out Islamic State militants. Prayers, feasting and dancing accompanied news that Iraqi troops had taken back Qaraqosh, the mainly Christian town about 20km south-east of Mosul. “We are very excited, ... Read More »

Four-month renovations under way for St Stephen’s Cathedral facelift

Cathedral renovations

LAYERS of tarpaulins have been the only things stopping a major flood from washing away the priests celebrating Mass at St Stephen’s Cathedral for the past two years.  The 2014 Brisbane hailstorm that forced the closure of dozens of Catholic schools and devastation among churches, also pounded against the roof ... Read More »

Asylum seeker Mojgan released from detention and reunited with husband

Mojgan is free

THE Brisbane family of 22-year-old Iranian asylum seeker Mojgan Shamsalipoor, is today coming to grips with her release from detention. She was awarded a bridging visa and released into the arms of her Australian resident husband, Milad Jafari yesterday after two years in detention centres in Brisbane and Darwin. The ... Read More »

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