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Australian Catholics urged to hear again the ‘prophetic words’ of Pope St John Paul II from 1986

BISHOP Ken Howell has echoed the words of Pope St John Paul II in calling for a renewed commitment to recognition for and reconciliation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. The Brisbane auxiliary bishop, speaking at the annual Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Sunday Mass at St Stephen’s Cathedral last weekend, said Australian Catholics needed to hear again “those ... Read More »

Symposium calls for wider LGBTQIA+ recognition by Church bodies and plenary council inclusion

LGBTQIA+ Catholics attending a symposium in Sydney have called for greater acknowledgement by Church bodies and ministers and inclusion in 2020 Plenary Council preparations. “There is still a great silence around LGBTIQA+ people in our Church and those who have walked away,” Queensland delegate Tony Robertson said. “Acceptance is more than simple tolerance. “It is about welcoming, engaging, acknowledging and ... Read More »

NAIDOC Week celebrations deepen the faith with rich culture, language and connection to land

THE ancient sounds of didgeridoo and clap sticks – not a church organ – broke the silence in Brisbane’s St Stephen’s Cathedral for the start of midday Mass last Sunday. And a group of young male Aboriginal dancers and Torres Strait Islander drummer accompanied the entrance procession. They, along with Indigenous people from around Brisbane, were there for the annual ... Read More »

Mike Duggan’s life was an inspiration to all who knew him

MIKE Duggan, who died in Brisbane recently, will be remembered for his clear vision to look past his own disability with eyes of faith, and to reach out to others in need. Mr Duggan was born with cerebral palsy, and was a passionate advocate for the rights of people with a disability. Brisbane auxiliary Bishop Ken Howell presided over a ... Read More »

West Papuan report reveals country in ‘slow-motion genocide’

THE Catholic Justice and Peace Commission of Brisbane has called on the United Nations to investigate human rights abuses in West Papua. The commission has issued a report documenting recent military and police intimidation, beatings and torture, kidnapping and murder in West Papua. The report concluded there has been no improvement in human rights in West Papua after a Commission Shadow ... Read More »

Asylum seekers laud level playing field

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By Paul Dobbyn SRI Lankan asylum seekers playing in soccer and cricket teams around Brisbane have witnessed to the power of sport to build bridges with the wider community. Several young men belonging to the Tigers Eleven Soccer Club and the Tamil junior cricket team told their stories at the Brisbane launch of the Australian bishops’ 2014/2015 Social Justice Statement, ... Read More »

Communion query

BRISBANE Archbishop John Bathersby has placed the onus for the future of St Mary's, South Brisbane, in the hands of its community...

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