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Catholic Church to dedicate November as month to pray for drought-busting rain

ACROSS a parched Australia the Church is dedicating November as a month to pray for those touched by crippling drought, and to pray for rain. Parishes, schools, families and Catholic communities across the country are being encouraged to take part in the National Prayer Campaign for Drought, which also invites people to dig deep and provide assistance to those in need. ... Read More »

Brisbane Oratory rejoices over canonisation of St John Henry Newman

THE life of newly declared St John Henry Newman holds a special significance for one Brisbane congregation – the Brisbane Oratory in Formation. Among the throng at the canonisation ceremony in Rome’s St Peter’s Square last Sunday was Brisbane Oratory’s Italian-speaking Fr Scot Armstrong.  He was selected to witness the event on behalf of his congregation, while others celebrated the ... Read More »

Top End Bishop says Indigenous are ‘the most traumatised people I’ve ever met’

Bishop Charles Gauci: “My experience tells me many of the Aboriginal people I’ve been meeting with are amongst the most traumatised people I’ve ever met, and maybe even on this planet.”

MALTESE-born Charles Gauci has spent much of his first year as Bishop of Darwin moving about Australia’s massive northern diocese that is two-and-a-half times the size of France. “I’m on a new adventure, walking alongside many people,” Bishop Gauci confides during an interview in his residence next door to Darwin’s St Mary’s Star of the Sea Cathedral. The late afternoon ... Read More »

Workers push for better standards in Queensland death-care industry

A SENIOR professional in the death-care industry says Queensland’s laws are “failing dismally” to protect bereaved families, while putting the health of industry workers at risk. “There are minimum standards that associations like ours, and funeral directors would like to have in place,” Brisbane’s Nudgee Cemetery manager David Molloy, who is a board member of the Australasian Cemeteries and Crematoria ... Read More »

There will be 116,000 Australians sleeping rough on World Homelessness Day

IT is easy to tune off when presented with the latest estimate that no less than 150 million people, or about two per cent of the world’s population, are homeless. On World Homelessness Day, October 10, an estimated 116,000 Australians, and 20,000 in Queensland, slept rough, couch surfed or settled in for the night feeling insecure in temporary lodgings. There’s ... Read More »

What participants said about Brisbane Assembly

BRISBANE Assembly brought together Catholics from across the archdiocese and beyond to listen and discern together on the issues of the Church today. This is what some participants said about the event, which marks the journey towards the Plenary Council 2020. “Impressive. It hasn’t disappointed (me) at all. You wonder how it can be sustained in the face of the ... Read More »

Discerning the ‘voice of God’ among the people of Brisbane

HUNDREDS of Catholics who attended the Brisbane Assembly have returned to their parishes, communities and agencies invigorated with a message to “listen to the voice of God” and “hold your nerve” in discerning what is needed by the Church at this time.  “I’ve come out very hope-filled – just to hear that we have to listen to everyone,” 21-year-old Thomas ... Read More »

Rockhampton diocese shows small growth in Catholic numbers as others shrink

ROCKHAMPTON is one of the few dioceses in Australia that has seen an increase in Catholic numbers in recent years, while Brisbane numbers have dropped slightly in line with a national trend. Drawing on Australian Bureau of Statistics data from the 2016 Census, new reports prepared by the National Centre for Pastoral Research provide insights into the demographics of the ... Read More »

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