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Nigerian priest details his honest experiences of Brisbane parishes in first memoir

Fr Emmanuel Aguiyi

A NIGERIAN Catholic priest in Brisbane has written a heartfelt book about his experiences working in a suburban Australian church, including dealing with culture shock and bridging cultural barriers. “At times, having a foreign priest is a source of tension for some parishioners who have not done much with people from other countries, particularly Africa,” Fr Emmanuel Aguiyi, who is ... Read More »

Living in the lucky country is a blessing for Australians

MY parents always told me that we were lucky to be born in Australia. To a degree, I understood what they meant, but I figured that it just had something to do with the great weather, the beaches, or religious freedoms. It didn’t truly hit me until I left its safe, free, prosperous shores in pursuit of love. I’ve since ... Read More »

Brisbane shows face of Australian Church is changing

Cultures unite in cathedral

By Peter Bugden “THE face of the Bride of Christ – the Church – is changing around the world, and by the day”, and Brisbane archdiocese is experiencing it, Archbishop Mark Coleridge said. Archbishop Coleridge, speaking at the archdiocese’s annual Multicultural Mass in St Stephen’s Cathedral last Sunday, said the change was happening as “we stand at a moment in ... Read More »

Discussion on ecumenism

Theologian Matthew Tan

MENTION social justice in a room where Catholics are mingling and expect a lengthy, heated discussion. The internal combustion caused by this term, “social justice”, and its push or pull among Catholics, almost defines the influence of the Second Vatican Council in the Catholic Church in Australia. But Dr Matthew Tan, a former Brisbane student and lecturer at Sydney’s Campion ... Read More »

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