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Book compiled by Adelaide priest promotes positive Christian marriages

Monsignor Robert Egar

MARRIED couples who have shared bread with an Adelaide priest have contributed to a new book that shows the path to love is not smooth but always worthwhile. For years Monsignor Robert Egar has welcomed groups of engaged and married couples to his home in Adelaide. The nights were an opportunity for Christian married couples to share stories of their ... Read More »

The Marriage Debate with Peter Pellicaan

Pellicaan wedding

ON January 9, 2010, I looked into the eyes of my beloved and vowed to take her as my wife,’to have and to hold, from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and health, until death do us part’. Seven years and car full of children later, there can be no doubt that those ... Read More »

Mojgan’s future still uncertain as Australian immigration law threatens possible return to Iran

mojgan in limbo

THE future life in Australia for 22-year-old Iranian asylum seeker Mojgan Shamsalipoor remains “in limbo” despite her release from detention last month. She was awarded a bridging visa and released into the arms of her Australian resident husband Milad Jafari on September 21 after two years in detention centres in Brisbane and Darwin. It is understood that Ms Shamsalipoor was ... Read More »

Young newlyweds see Catholic Church as powerful force for good in Australia


“TORRENTIAL” but inconsequential rain greeted Nick McAlpine as he awaited Caroline Woods before their June 4 nuptials in Brisbane this year.  Nick “only had eyes” for his “beautiful bride”, Caroline for the man who makes her heart “sing”, their union soon sealed by the God who inspires shared and active faith.  The striking duo first met through mutual friends in ... Read More »

Youth Leader: Run the good race with all your heart


SPONSORED BY VOCATION BRISBANE RUNNING Man – it seems another craze takes hold in the world.  I actually think this one is very funny. But consider the running man – my boo vocation.  Where are we running to – on the spot or toward something?   I pray that we continually run toward God with all our heart in answer ... Read More »

What is the difference between a Sacramental and a civil marriage?

Marriage Matters

If a non-Catholic asked you to explain the difference between marriages in the Catholic Church and marriages outside the Church, could you do it? If you think you’d be scratching your head for an answer, you’ve come to the right place. Paul Shogren is the host of The Catholic Leader’s new series, Marriage Matters, inspired by Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation, ... Read More »

Ten questions about Amoris Laetitia with Archbishop Mark Coleridge

Restoring marriage

What is God’s plan for the family, how does the Church support couples in crisis, and what should be the role of priests regarding failing marriages?  Archbishop Mark Coleridge has answered 10 questions about the apostolic exhortation, “Amoris Laetitia” (“The Joy of Love”). 1. Pope Francis writes eloquently about how forming a family means being part of God’s dream, joining ... Read More »

How to enjoy being single

HOW does one take delight or pleasure in being single, when we are made for union with an other?  The loneliness we experience in this time is not so much emptiness as is it a stirring of desire that awaits fulfilment.  We become restless for romance.  When we fall in love, that special person consumes our every thought and being. ... Read More »

World Meeting of Families challenges Brisbane mum to proclaim faith

Brisbane couple at World Meeting of Families

FINDING a seat at the Church’s largest gathering of Catholic families proved to be less challenging than the Congress’s opening address to make faith public, a Brisbane mum said. Ann O’Donovan and husband Edmond O’Donovan were among thousands of international pilgrims seated for the opening Mass of the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia. The Brisbane couple were surrounded by people ... Read More »

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