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Queensland Catholics thankful for missionary priests’ evangelisation in Brisbane and Townsville

BRISBANE Archbishop Mark Coleridge celebrated Mass last month with priests from the Missionary Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament (MCBS) serving in Queensland at St. Joachim church in Holland park and Mt. Gravatt parish in Brisbane . Archbishop Coleridge joined MCBS priests from Brisbane, Toowoomba and Townsville for the occasion that marked the Congregation’s 86th anniversary, founded in 1933 at Mallappally, ... Read More »

God’s a constant messenger – how one young man’s dream changed from action hero to seminarian

WHAT he described as “text messages from God” was part of Mick Greathead’s discernment to officially enter Holy Spirit Provincial Seminary, Banyo, last month.  The 20-year-old, raised a stone’s throw from his new surroundings among 22 other seminarians, said God often prompted a priestly vocation from his mid-teens, but it wasn’t always a shared mindset.  “As a teenager, I’d go ... Read More »

Kerala floods brings out compassionate side to humanity

Road submerged in Kerala, India

TORRENTIAL rain may have brought an entire Indian state under water, killing hundreds and leaving thousands stranded, but the people of Kerala have showed awe-inspiring resilience. Kerala’s monsoon season gave way to the state’s worst floods in 100 years, claiming the lives of 445 people and destroying entire properties. More than 220,000 people have been forced to take up refuge ... Read More »

More than 2000 Australia priests reject breaking seal of confession

Confessional

CLERGY advocacy groups representing more than 2000 priests across Australia have rejected outright breaking the seal of confession, even if it becomes law in some states and territories. The National Council of Priests of Australia, with 1700 members, rejects new laws announced in South Australia, Tasmania, the ACT and Western Australia –which would require priests to break the seal of ... Read More »

Prime Minister to deliver national apology to child sexual abuse survivors

Malcolm Turnbull

PRIME Minister Malcolm Turnbull is to deliver a national apology to survivors of institutional child sexual abuse on October 22. “Now we have uncovered the shocking truth we must do everything in our power to honour the bravery of the thousands of people who came forward,” Mr Turnbull said, announcing the Federal Government’s formal response to the Royal Commission into ... Read More »

Diocese of Ballarat failed to act in the interests of abused children for decades, Royal Commission reports says

royal commission

THE Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has exposed “catastrophic failure” in Church leadership in the Diocese of Ballarat. “That failure led to the suffering and often irreparable harm to children, their families and the wider community,” commissioners said in a report released today (November 6). “That harm could have been avoided if the Church had acted ... Read More »

Leader of largest missionary congregation says multicultural parishes will change the world during Brisbane visit

Divine Word Missionaries visit

BRISBANE’S two parishes run by the Divine Word Missionaries hold the key to attaining world peace, the congregation’s superior general Fr Heinz Kuluke says. The leader for six years of the Society of the Divine Word, the world’s largest missionary congregation, said the intercultural make-up of the Inala and Kingston-Marsden parishes where his missionaries worked “would change the world”. “I ... Read More »

Bishops call for protection of confessional seal following Royal Commission’s recommendations

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PROTECTING the sacred dialogue between God and sinner in the confessional needs to be paramount if Australian lawmakers are to follow new recommendations proposed by the Royal Commission, Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge has said. Archbishop Coleridge was responding to the recommendations made by Royal Commission into child sexual abuse that would require members of clergy to report information even if ... Read More »

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