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Long-awaited Mary, Mother of Mercy Church opens at Burleigh Heads

Mary, Mother of Mercy Church

BRISBANE Archbishop Mark Coleridge praised “the vision and energy” of the Burleigh Heads community as he blessed and dedicated the new Mary, Mother of Mercy Church in Australia’s largest Catholic parish. “I praise God not only for the priests who have built this place, for the craftsmen who have done ... Read More »

Shocking extent of Church abuse revealed at Royal Commission

Francis Sullivan at the Royal Commission

THE final hearing into the Catholic Church at the Royal Commission into child sexual abuse has revealed shocking data highlighting the extent of abuse in Church institutions spanning decades. In the opening session of a three-week hearing, Senior Counsel Assisting the Royal Commission Gail Furness SC revealed a study of ... Read More »

Cultural change the key to protecting children, Archbishop Coleridge says

Archbishop Mark Coleridge

AS well as fronting the Royal Commission this week, Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge has spent time speaking extensively to journalists about child abuse and the Church. Speaking to the ABC’s Radio National Breakfast, Archbishop Coleridge told presenter Fran Kelly, the Church was doing all it could to change the culture of the ... Read More »

US doctor says Church committed ‘soul murder’ to abuse victims, urges changes

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

THE priest who exposed systemic child sex abuse in the Catholic Church in the United States has told the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse the Church’s views on human sexuality were a major factor in the abuse crisis. Called as an expert witness, former Dominican Dr ... Read More »

Clergy and politicians say a change in the definition of marriage will impact all Church members


ALL members of religious groups deserve the right to not participate in same-sex marriage ceremonies if they hold a traditional view of marriage, the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference said in a submission to a Senate inquiry. The Australian Senate has established a select committee to examine draft exemptions in proposed ... Read More »

Mango tree in Maroochydore parish backyard removed for construction turned into cross

Mango cross

A GNARLY old mango tree that stood for decades on the site of Maroochydore’s new Stella Maris Church now takes pride of place in the place of worship. Part of the mango tree was salvaged during construction and was fashioned into a cross that is the centerpiece of the new ... Read More »

Catholics shed tears of joy at the opening of the new Maroochydore church

Priests at Maroochydore parish opening

PARISHIONERS thanked God, and some wept with joy, as they worshipped for the first time in the new Stella Maris Church in Maroochydore. “We waited for a long time, but …  we are home. Thank you, Lord, thank you. It is beautiful,” said Josephine Schemvri, a parishioner of 20 years, ... Read More »

PNG families walked up to one week to attend Mass in unfinished Mt Hagen Cathedral

mt hagen mass

IN the highlands of Papua New Guinea, some tribesmen and their families walked for a week to attend a Mass marking the end of the Year of Mercy. They were some of the 5000-strong congregation to pack Mt Hagen’s new cathedral – the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity – even ... Read More »

Christopher West says ‘Jesus showed up’ in Toowoomba crash survivor at Brisbane fundraiser

Christopher West embraces Tim Coonan

ORGANISERS of a fundraising dinner were not expecting to shed tears when the international guest speaker, Christopher West, stopped his talk to embrace a young man who survived a fatal car crash. Mr West was scheduled to give a one-hour talk on love, sexuality, marriage and the human person on ... Read More »

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