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Churches are closed but not Christ’s life-giving waters, Archbishop Coleridge says

Archbishop Mark Coleridge presiding Mass inside a closed St Stephen's Cathedral

BRISBANE Archbishop Mark Coleridge has spoken powerfully of the life-giving water of faith even in a disease-ridden world, during a live-streamed Mass from inside the city’s near-empty St Stephen’s Cathedral. Churches across the Brisbane archdiocese, like those across the country, are now closed in line with new restrictions to reduce the spread of coronavirus.  “The churches might be closed but ... Read More »

Brisbane churches closed until further notice

BRISBANE’S Catholic churches have been closed until further notice. The directive comes from Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge and follows the Federal Government’s suspension of all non-essential gatherings for an initial four weeks to reduce the spread of coronavirus and to give the community time to understand fully social distancing requirements. “The ruling applies from noon today (March 23),” Archbishop Coleridge ... Read More »

Parishioners grapple with last public Masses and Church gatherings before new normal sets in

WITH parishioners practicing social distancing, today’s last public Church gatherings proved bitter sweet as Catholics grapple with the new normal imposed by the coronavirus restrictions. “It’s a bit disconcerting that we can’t go to Sunday Mass. This hasn’t happened in my lifetime before,” Peter Owens said stepping outside the Brisbane Bayside’s Guardian Angels church. Opened in 1905, the heritage-listed church ... Read More »

Rosies workers ‘devastated’ to suspend their popular operations

CATHOLIC care for the most vulnerable has become one of the biggest challenges as the coronavirus pandemic spreads across Australian communities. Big and small, organisations are being forced to curtail operations and protect volunteers from direct contact with patrons – whether it is on the street or during home and hospital visits. In Brisbane’s the mobile van outreach service Rosies, ... Read More »

Brisbane Archbishop Emeritus John Bathersby laid to rest in St Stephen’s Cathedral

BRISBANE Archbishop Emeritus John Bathersby was laid to rest in the city’s St Stephen’s Cathedral today (March 16), remembered as a popular churchman of strong spirit, humour and genuine interest in the lives of others. “In life, John cherished and preached the Gospel of Christ,” Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge said during a funeral Mass. It was a Mass celebrated in ... Read More »

High Court reserves decision on the fate of Cardinal George Pell after two-day hearing

THE High Court of Australia has reserved a decision on whether to overturn Cardinal George Pell’s convictions for child sexual abuse. After two days of hearing from both Cardinal Pell’s lawyer and the prosecution, the court’s full bench of seven judges reserved a decision whether Cardinal Pell will be allowed to appeal his conviction. Both legal teams have been given ... Read More »

High Court weighs up Cardinal George Pell’s final bid at appeal, prosecution arguments heard today

THE High Court of Australia has heard from Cardinal George Pell’s lawyer that evidence presented at trial must have given jurors reasonable doubt that Pell sexually abused two choirboys after Sunday Mass more than two decades ago. Barrister Bret Walker SC was seeking to convince the Court’s full bench of seven judges that Pell’s case warrants and appeal – a ... Read More »

Broome Bishop Christopher Saunders stands aside after abuse allegations

ONE of Australia’s longest serving bishops has stood aside amid the broadcast of allegations against him of historical sex abuse offences.  A Church message issued on March 10 by Perth Archbishop Timothy Costelloe said Broome Bishop Christopher Saunders has voluntarily stood aside from the ordinary administration of the diocese. The statement said the Holy See was “conscious of the particular ... Read More »

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