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Brisbane deacon and veteran reveals dismay over shocking SAS war crimes

By Deacon Gary Stone LIKE many of the 750,000 living veterans in Australia, more than 120,000 of them in Brisbane archdiocese, I have spent the past few days struggling with a diverse range of emotions, from shock to disgust, to anger and grief, as we have become more aware of criminal behaviour by rogue operators within the Special Air Service ... Read More »

NAIDOC WEEK: “Moa Island will always be homeland for me”

ISAIAH Levi visited Moa Island, in the Torres Strait, for the first time when he was 16 and he immediately felt at home. Moa Island is the home of his family on his mother’s side. Isaiah, 18, is a Year 12 student at St Columban’s College, Caboolture, and he told his story as part of Brisbane Catholic Education’s Deadly Yarns ... Read More »

Easing the ‘mental load’ during Carers Week

NATIONAL Carers Week, running from October 11-17, is an opportunity to recognise more than 2.65 million Australians who provide care and support to a family member or friend who has an illness, disability, frailty or a mental health condition. Boonah resident Bevan Pressler is one such carer. Mr Pressler has been caring for his wife Rosie, who has been living ... Read More »

Open hearts are needed to give birth to an open world

Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge reflects on Pope Francis’ encyclical Fratelli Tutti ENCYCLICAL letters from popes don’t come all that often. They’re the highest form of papal teaching, addressed these days not just to Catholics or Christians but to all people of good will. The last one published by Pope Francis was in 2015 and it bore the title Laudato Si’ ... Read More »

Want to transform your life? Look to the ‘foolishness of the cross’

“Nobody puts new wine in old wineskins; otherwise, the new wine will burst the skins and run to waste … No; new wine must be put in fresh skins.” (Luke 5:37-38) TO some, this scripture highlights the need to make proper adjustments with new attitudes and new perspectives in life. It could be interpreted as encouragement from Jesus to move ... Read More »

Transported across the centuries at the feast day festival at the Baptistery of St John in Florence, Italy

On a recent journey to Italy, photojournalist Alan Edgecomb visited the Baptistery of St John, Florence, or the Battistero di San Giovanni. He shares his thoughts on the remarkable historical splendour. I did not know anything about a Baptistery until I arrived in Florence and discovered the elaborate sacred space called – a baptistery. These were built near a cathedral ... Read More »

Not obligation, not expectation, just drawn to Mass by love

LAST Christmas was a first for me. At that time, I was living in Rome and studying at the Gregorian University, so, as that very special season approached, I found myself far from home. I faced a dilemma. It was technically possible for me to return home for Christmas, but the long distance, the high cost and the fact that ... Read More »

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