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Devastation from Cyclone Idai ‘getting bigger by the hour’ as its full effect is felt across Mozambique

CYCLONE Idai has wrought “massive disaster” across southern Africa that could affect millions. The cyclone made landfall in Mozambique’s central port city of Beira on March 14, and cut the city off, trapping 500,000 people. Cyclone Idai wreaked havoc – official estimates say it could leave almost a million people in destitution and millions more in dire circumstances. The city’s ... Read More »

Fr Ray Kearney fondly remembered by those who worked with him over the years

IT was a conversation in the priest’s carport in Sunnybank parish, on Brisbane’s southside, that changed the trajectory of my life. The then parish priest and my former employer Fr Ray Kearney, who died on October 29, spoke candidly of how he saw a difficult decision that lay ahead of me. “God doesn’t want this for your life, Selina,” I ... Read More »

Brisbane priest Fr Ray Kearney laid to rest

By Adrian Taylor FR Ray Kearney’s death leaves a void in the lives of many people across Brisbane archdiocese. Fellow priests, parishioners and friends are all feeling the loss of a man whose deep concern and empathy for others was matched only by his love for the Church. Raymond Laurence Kearney was born on March 1, 1938, in Brisbane, the ... Read More »

Well-known Brisbane archdiocesan priest Fr Ray Kearney has died, aged 80

RESPECTED Brisbane archdiocesan priest Fr Ray Kearney died on October 29 at St Vincent’s Hospital, aged 80. Fr Kearney  was ordained in 1962 as part of the second-largest class ever to leave Pius XII Seminary, Banyo. His first posting was to Mt Gravatt parish from 1962-64, where he learned the power of pastoral visits alongside Fr John Rosenskjar.  Fr Kearney ... Read More »

Archbishop Coleridge says proposed bill allowing abortion at any time not a women’s health issue

Archbishop Mark Coleridge

BRISBANE Archbishop Mark Coleridge has hit back at Queensland’s pro-abortion MPs who claim that the state’s draft bill to legalise abortion was a “health issue” and supports a “woman’s choice”. “When you talk about abortion you’re talking about two lives the mother and the child and both lives matter,” Archbishop Coleridge said. He said a proposed abortion bill to be ... Read More »

Mothers who tragically lost their sons bond over support group for grieving parents

grieving mothers

IT’S a standard question: “How many children do you have?” Sue Fleming and Nicolette Kloppers, who live in Stanthorpe, in Toowoomba diocese, are mothers who answer with certainty although it can be “an awkward question”. “People say, ‘How many kids have you got?’ and I always say, ‘I have four’,” Sue said. “I say their names and ages but then ... Read More »

Pro-life advocates say resources need to be invested in palliative care rather than euthanasia

hospital patient

AUSTRALIA should be looking at ways to care for its aging population rather than considering euthanasia, the pro-life organisation Cherish Life Queensland says. “We need to put more resources into palliative care,” Cherish Life president Julie Borger said, reacting to a new drive to legalise voluntary euthanasia in Queensland. The multi-million-dollar estate left by former Brisbane Lord Mayor Clem Jones ... Read More »

Bishop John Gerry, a generous soul gone but not forgotten

Bishop John Gerry

ONE of Brisbane’s most popular leaders and the “architect” of an archdiocesan social welfare arm, Bishop John Gerry, will be laid to rest on the 67th anniversary of his priesthood. Tributes have flowed for the retired Brisbane auxiliary bishop, who died on December 13 at Holy Spirit Northside Hospital, aged 90. Hundreds of mourners are expected to attend his funeral at St ... Read More »

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