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Gold Coast newlyweds honeymoon at World Youth Day

  NEWLYWEDS Alice and Chris Williams didn’t opt for the quiet or peaceful resort getaway for their honeymoon. Instead, the Gold Coast couple were compelled to share their first few weeks as husband and wife with millions of Catholics. The couple registered as pilgrims for the 31st World Youth Day in Krakow, travelling with the Brisbane Archdiocese, during their engagement. ... Read More »

‘His final sacrifice summed up a whole lifetime’

FR Jacques Hamel sacrifice was perfectly united to the sacrifice of Jesus Christ that he was celebrating at the altar when he was killed, Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge said. The priest was murdered in northern France, after being taken hostage with a handful of other faithful during a weekday morning Mass on July 26. Archbishop Coleridge said beyond the horror ... Read More »

God’s mercy always open

JIM Townsend never thought he could be shown mercy.  He was a troubled youth with no discipline.  The son of an abusive father and a chronically ill mother, Jim had a criminal record following him from before his teen years. He didn’t graduate from high school, he joined the military, was discharged for assaulting an officer, then eventually tried to ... Read More »

What’s a good response for Catholics when discussing asylum seekers?

What's a good response for Catholics when discussing asylum seekers?

I WAS chatting with a friend recently about a compassionate response to asylum seekers. His response was startling. “What does compassion have to do with our border protection policy?” I suggested the Church taught that the demands of human dignity always came before the national interest. Nope, not for him. “These queue jumpers need to go back from where they ... Read More »

Priest stood aside from ministry

FR Malachy Onuoha has been stood aside from ministry by his home diocese in Nigeria pending an investigation into allegations of misconduct some years ago in his native country. The Archdiocese of Brisbane has confirmed that Fr Onuoha, the parish priest of Gatton-Laidley, was stood aside while in Nigeria on holidays. He will remain in Nigeria while the investigation into ... Read More »

Holy Year is a reminder to put mercy before judgment, pope says

ON a cloudy, damp morning, Pope Francis’ voice echoed in the atrium of St Peter’s Basilica: “Open the gates of justice”. With five strong thrusts, the pope pushed open the Holy Door, a symbol of God’s justice, which he said will always be exercised “in the light of his mercy”. The rite of the opening of the Holy Door was ... Read More »

Nothing can justify terrorist attacks, pope says

USING God’s name to try to justify violence and murder is “blasphemy,” Pope Francis said on November 15 speaking about the terrorist attacks on Paris. “Such barbarity leaves us dismayed and we ask ourselves how the human heart can plan and carry out such horrible events,” the pope said after reciting the Angelus prayer with visitors in St Peter’s Square. ... Read More »

Pay dispute rolls on with more industrial action

MORE than 7500 Catholic school union members in 180 schools across Queensland stopped work this morning over increasing workloads and inequitable wages. Independent Education Union of Australia – Queensland and Northern Territory Branch Secretary Terry Burke said it was the fifth time Queensland Catholic school employees had taken stop work action as their employers continued to reject employee concerns about ... Read More »

Pope defends his teaching on social issues and economy

POPE Francis has defended his position on the economy, the environment and other social issues as faithful repetitions of the basic Catholic social doctrine. Speaking to reporters flying with him from Cuba to Washington on September 22, the pope was asked about comments, mainly from the United States, claiming the pope is a communist and about the Newsweek headline, “Is ... Read More »

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