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Lines for confession high across Brisbane for Divine Mercy Sunday feast

Divine Mercy Sunday procession in Rome

PRIESTS who heard confessions on Divine Mercy Sunday said the number of people approaching the Sacrament of Penance was unexpectedly high. Queues for confession at the Sandgate Brighton parish were almost three times as long during their Divine Mercy Sunday celebrations. One parishioner said the queue was three rows long and lasted almost two hours. Oratorian Father Adrian Sharp said ... Read More »

World Youth Day 2016: From North Queensland to the city of mercy

Townsville programs

BRIGHT and early one morning in July, 35 young and not so young Townsville diocese parishioners gathered at Brisbane International Airport to begin their pilgrimage to the Heart of Mercy and World Youth Day in Krakow, Poland.  The diocesan group was made up of 22 from Mount Isa and 13 from the Townsville area, all of them looking forward to ... Read More »

Gold Coast newlyweds honeymoon at World Youth Day

  NEWLYWEDS Alice and Chris Williams didn’t opt for the quiet or peaceful resort getaway for their honeymoon. Instead, the Gold Coast couple were compelled to share their first few weeks as husband and wife with millions of Catholics. The couple registered as pilgrims for the 31st World Youth Day in Krakow, travelling with the Brisbane Archdiocese, during their engagement. ... Read More »

Sydney youth make unforgettable journey with Cross and Icon

WYD cross and icon

SYDNEY pilgrims carried the gifts John Paul II offered to Catholic youth in an emotional procession before the World Youth Day Opening Mass in Krakow. Twenty young adults were chosen to represent Australia in a procession marking the final journey of the WYD Cross and Icon to Krakow, Poland. Pope John Paul II gave the Cross and Icon of Mary ... Read More »

No borders to faith for Townsville youth headed for World Youth Day

Townsville pilgrims

NEARLY three million young Catholics will descend on Krakow, Poland, this month for World Youth Day festivities, with 38 young people set to represent Townsville diocese. The contingent left Australia early on July 2 and is set to experience some historic Catholic sites as part of the pilgrimage to Krakow. The first nine days of the trip will be spent in ... Read More »

Krakow 2016: Brisbane Archbishop asks WYD pilgrims to ‘cross the road’ like the Good Samaritan

WYD pilgrims

YOUNG people making a pilgrimage to Krakow this month are a “summons” to the entire Church to ditch the “bad systems” which encourage a merciless heart, Archbishop Mark Coleridge said. Commissioning more 70 pilgrims at a Mass at St Stephen’s Cathedral on July 10, Archbishop Coleridge said the parable of the Good Samaritan, which was the weekend’s Gospel reading, exemplified ... Read More »

Anonymous donor helps PNG pilgrims from remote parish get to World Youth Day

PNG pilgrims

TEN young people from a remote parish in Papua New Guinea are heading to Poland for World Youth Day, thanks to the generosity of a large donation from a reader of The Catholic Leader. In last week’s edition, Brisbane school teacher and missionary Sarah Bunting, described the remoteness, poverty and hardship of young people from Alotau, and their struggle to ... Read More »

Krakow 2016: What happens after World Youth Day?

World Youth Day

THROUGHOUT the planning and preparation that goes into organising pilgrimages for WYD2016, a lot of focus has been on how best to  prepare and support pilgrims throughout the WYD pilgrimage experience. It is just as essential, however, to consider the question of what happens after WYD and how we can support pilgrims after this “mountain top” experience?  In 2014, Archbishop ... Read More »

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