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Brisbane Catholics add voice to national youth council

Youth council

TWO young Catholics from Brisbane have been chosen to work with the Australia’s bishops to “get a pulse” on issues and trends affecting young people. Brisbane Maronite community youth leader Shawn Torbey and St Vincent de Paul Society Queensland state youth manager Cassandra Bull are among the four young Catholics picked for an advisory council to the Australian bishops. David ... Read More »

Faith overflowing at city of churches youth festival

Bishop selfie

AUSTRALIA’S largest Catholic youth festival has inspired a Brisbane teenager to teach young women to respect their bodies and heed to Catholic teaching on sexuality. Speaking with an internationally renowned United States chastity speaker Jason Evert convinced the young teenager that the Church’s teachings on chastity and purity were important. Grace King, a Year 8 student at Loreto College, Coorparoo, returned ... Read More »

What’s love got to do with it

Talking relationships at Hervey Bay

TALKING love and sex with teenagers can be an awkward conversation for some parents, but one Hervey Bay mum has found a way to make the tough chat palatable. Carmel Donnelly, a mother of five and youth worker at Hervey Bay City parish, decided other Catholics, not her qualified self, needed to shed light on the Church’s teachings on marriage ... Read More »

WYD ‘open to all’

Polish pilgrims with the WYD cross and icon

THE Polish bishop overseeing preparations for World Youth Day 2016 has urged priests to ensure that no young people are excluded because of poverty. Auxiliary Bishop Damian Muskus of Krakow, Poland, which is hosting the international celebration, said arranging for young people who might not be able to attend the event would be “our priestly gifts for youngsters in this ... Read More »

Considering vocations

Huge crowds at youth and vocations expo

YOUNG Catholics hitting a wall with their life vocation fired questions at priests and nuns outside St Stephen’s Cathedral last week. More than 200 young people wandered through the Youth and Vocations Expo, run by St Stephen’s Young Adult Ministry and Vocation Brisbane on Sunday, August 2. The annual event marked the beginning of National Vocations Week, held this year ... Read More »

Challenging society a lifelong habit for young religious

By Emilie Ng YOUNG consecrated men and women have promised to take up Pope Francis’ challenge to “wake up the world” by educating the public on “authentic” religious life. Members of the Association for the Promotion of Religious Life, which include many young men and women religious from congregations across Australia, celebrated the Year of Consecrated Life with conferences in ... Read More »

Ministry alive in Kingaroy

Kingaroy youth mass

By Emilie Ng KINGAROY’S large Christian demographic has been missing a steady community for young Catholics, but last week’s first youth Mass changed history. For the past few months, parishioner and mother of four Suzanne Mungall has been working with young musicians and St Mary’s Kingaroy parish priest Fr Nigel Sequeira to hold the parish’s first youth Mass. The Mass, ... Read More »

God wants you to find real love – lifelong love – Pope tells youths

Pope Francis with young people

CHRISTIANITY is not a set of prohibitions, but a “project for life” that can lead to true happiness in building better relationships and a better world, Pope Francis told Catholic young people. “Do you realise how much you are worth in the eyes of God?” the Pope asked youths in his annual message for local celebrations of World Youth Day. ... Read More »

Tears often are only correct response to suffering, Pope tells youths

Pope Francis embraces child

THE realities of life described by young people, especially the tearful question of a 12-year-old girl about why God allows suffering, led Pope Francis to set aside the first text he had prepared for a meeting yesterday (January 18) with the young people of the Philippines. “Certain realities in life can only be seen through eyes cleansed by tears,” the ... Read More »

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