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Enduring memorial St Mary of the Cross opened in CBD

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    AUSTRALIA’S first canonised saint was a pilgrim who has drawn millions of Catholics with her on her journey, Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge said. In a homily to a packed St Stephen’s Cathedral, Archbishop Coleridge, said St Mary of the Cross MacKillop was a daughter of this land, but a saint for the whole world. He acknowledged her suffering ... Read More »

Iraqi refugees welcomed to Darra by Archbishop and school community

BRISBANE Archbishop Mark Coleridge has used a pastoral visit to Darra to welcome newly-arrived Iraqi refugee families. Two families driven from their war-torn homeland have spent the past two years in refugee camps in Jordan and Lebanon, and have been reunited with relatives already living in Brisbane. “Last week we had two couples arrive with their children at our school, ... Read More »

St Paul’s reaching out to help refugees settle into Australia

A SIGN at the entrance to Logan’s St Paul’s parish and school says “Welcome” in 13 languages. It is a hub for new arrivals from every continent – those looking for a spiritual home and a place for their children to start a new education.  They include refugee families and asylum seekers on temporary bridging visas. “St Paul’s is the ... Read More »

‘This is not human, this is not Christ’, Don Dale centre priest says

THE Catholic chaplain who ministers to youth inside Darwin’s notorious Don Dale detention centre, and even washed the boys’ feet, said he was “sick to the core” after watching graphic television images of abuse by guards. Fr Dan Benedetti has ministered at the Northern Territory detention centre since 2003, and knows the teenagers, including Dylan Voller, whose brutal treatment was documented on the ... Read More »

Church leaders call for cease on hate speech

Interfaith

CHURCH leaders working closely with Australia’s Muslim community have called for dialogue and dignity to counter a wave of anti-Islam media commentary. The commentary turned mainstream last week, when television personality Sonia Kruger called for an end to Muslim migration. She said she wanted to “feel safe”. On social media, her comments went viral. Senator-elect Pauline Hanson fuelled public debate ... Read More »

Pope Francis addresses annulment

Annulment

ANNULMENT. It is a profound, life-changing process for a Catholic to divorce and then remarry within the Church. And traditionally, Church teaching held that unless a divorced and remarried Catholic obtained an annulment, they were seen as committing adultery, and, among other things, could not receive some sacraments. Pope Francis has broken new ground on the thorny annulment issue, both ... Read More »

“Yes I Can” Brisbane born singer to front Paralympic Games

Tony Dee

AS the world settles in to the starting blocks for another Olympic season, a Brisbane-born singer is the face – and the voice – of the 2016 Paralympics. Born with spina bifida and confined to a wheelchair, Tony Dee, the stage name of Tony Doevendans, is still pinching himself after being scouted by a British production company to front a ... Read More »

Trailblazing surgery on unborn baby in Brisbane’s Mater Hospital

Mater Surgery

BRISBANE doctors have successfully performed an Australian-first spinal operation on a baby diagnosed with spina bifida while it was still in the womb. A team at the Mater Hospital carried out the operation on a 24-week-old in-utero baby on July 23. “The surgery went as well as we could have hoped and both mother and baby are doing well,” Mater ... Read More »

Young husband pleads for refuge for detained wife

IMMIGRATION Minister Peter Dutton has refused to step in and allow the release of young Iranian asylum seeker Mojgan Shamsalipoor who is in detention in Brisbane. The 22-year-old woman has been held in immigration facilities in Darwin and Brisbane the past two years and faces deportation, despite the impassioned pleas of her community support group and her 22-year-old husband Milad ... Read More »

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