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Massive blaze erupts at Paris’ iconic Notre Dame Cathedral; firefighters battling to save sacred site

CATHOLICS across the world were united in sorrow and prayer after a devastating fire engulfed the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris causing major damage.  Images broadcast around the world showed the French cathedral in flames before collapsing shortly before 8pm local time.  Officials now say that they the main bell towers and historic front of the building have been saved. ... Read More »

Capalaba students forge new friendships with French students

St Luke's Capalaba students

A SHORT film commemorating events that took place in a small town in northern France 100 years ago is helping forge new friendships between two schools on opposite sides of the world. The film “Do Not Forget Australia, the duty of remembrance in Villers-Bretonneux” inspired Year 3 students at St Luke’s School, Capalaba, to put pen to paper and write to ... Read More »

Internet reunites lost soldier with descendants nearly 100 years after his death in First World War

MATTRESS maker Private Frank Percy Hanlon was waiting in the trenches for his call of duty on a railway line when a mortar shell exploded near him and another soldier. Fellow soldiers wrote eyewitness reports confirming the “rather slim and rather quiet” 20-year-old was killed “instantaneously” on April 23, 1917, around 800 metres away from Bullecourt, France, where days later ... Read More »

‘His final sacrifice summed up a whole lifetime’

FR Jacques Hamel sacrifice was perfectly united to the sacrifice of Jesus Christ that he was celebrating at the altar when he was killed, Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge said. The priest was murdered in northern France, after being taken hostage with a handful of other faithful during a weekday morning Mass on July 26. Archbishop Coleridge said beyond the horror ... Read More »

Former pilot honoured by Church and French people says ‘Thanks, Lord’

Ron Hickey

ABOVE dark clouds, Ron Hickey piloted his heavy bomber home from battle. In a split second, another warplane whizzed across the nose of his cockpit, missing by centimetres. “Now I’m moving at about 280 miles per hour (450km/h) and he’s cutting across at the same speed, and my wingtip very nearly took his tail off,” Mr Hickey said. “And then ... Read More »

Pledging energies to the Church

Fourviere

MEMBERS of the Marist Family are preparing to celebrate the bi-centenary of Fourvière. On July 23, 1816 twelve young and newly ordained priests made a promise to form a society under the name and inspiration of Mary.  Fourvière is a very special Marian shrine on the top of a hill in Lyon, France.  It was a long climb up the ... Read More »

Young Brisbane couple make Parisian connection

Erin Kennedy and Devett O'Brien

YOUNG Brisbane Catholic Erin Kennedy took a year off teaching and headed for Paris looking for a new direction in life and found much more than she could have expected. Out of the blue came love. Having worked hard for eight years to establish her career as a teacher, Erin felt it was time to take stock. She loved teaching ... Read More »

France needs to return to God, Brisbane Frenchman says

CHRISTIAN Pradayrol reached for his worn Rosary beads and a telephone the moment he learnt Paris was in desperate need of prayers.  Mr Pradayrol, a Marseille-born Frenchman working for Brisbane-based Catholic charity Rosies, has spent part of each day for most of his life praying a decade of the Rosary for France to turn back to God. On November 13, ... Read More »

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