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More sex but less happiness

By Bernard Toutounji IF you want a good insight into the state of a nation’s happiness keep an eye on sex and relationships. While health, education, defence and the economy are the standard priorities of most governments; beneath the surface of those rather generic pursuits are the hearts and desires of actual people, from the greatest to the least. On ... Read More »

A heart open in faith and hope will hear God

Vocations Talk by Adam Burns JUST the other day I was reminiscing to a friend about my first memory of basketball.  Watching Michael Jordan on TV when I was three years old. Soon after my father bought me a basketball hoop; one of those children’s goals made of red-and-black plastic. I started playing club basketball when I was six. I ... Read More »

Special effects extravaganza

X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST: Hugh Jackman, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Jennifer Lawrence. Directed by Bryan Singer. 131 minutes. Rated M (Science fiction themes, violence and infrequent coarse language). Reviewed by Kurt Jensen TIME travel meets a gleefully loopy version of American history in X-Men: Days of Future Past. There are many surreal moments – Jennifer ... Read More »

It’s true, nothing is true. That’s the truth

Talking Point by Dom Meese I WAS recently in a discussion with a friend about a moral issue that divided our opinions. After we’d both laid out our convincing arguments, my friend closed out his side of the discussion with: “Why does it matter? As long as it doesn’t hurt anyone, it should be fine. As long as they do what ... Read More »

Using eyes of faith and hope

Talking Point by Sr Elvera Sesta I OFTEN wonder what it must be like when a little baby sees colour for the first time.  In some ways photography is a bit like that.  I was doing an online course and it so happened that I had enrolled for sunsets and another for landscapes. Late one afternoon I was onto sunsets.  As ... Read More »

May God bless our shepherd

  By Fr Andrew Chase HAVING been waiting for some time for a bishop to replace our much loved Bishop Brian Heenan, it was a wonderful surprise to hear that the Holy Father had asked Fr Michael McCarthy to be our tenth bishop. The age of social media means that living in Rome as I currently am gave me no ... Read More »

Great joy for the seminary

By Monsignor Anthony Randazzo “WHEN are you going to become a priest?” These words, spoken by Fr Michael McCarthy over 30 years ago, are etched in my memory when as a youthful priest not long in the parish of Surfers Paradise he said them to me after Sunday Mass. In the years that followed, I have come to know Fr ... Read More »

Keen to offer co-operation in new era of leadership

By Marcia Mansfield IT is with great anticipation that we here in Rockhampton diocese have eagerly awaited the arrival of Bishop Michael McCarthy and his episcopal ordination on May 29. In my 30 years working for the diocese, I have lived through many changes and challenges and enjoyed most of them. I look forward to the beginning of a new ... Read More »

Warm welcome to new bishop

By Leesa Jeffcoat ON behalf of our Catholic Education family, I would like to warmly welcome Bishop Michael McCarthy to the Diocese of Rockhampton.  The episcopal ordination of Bishop Michael on Thursday, May 29, is a very historic and significant event in the life of our diocese. Like everyone else, I am looking forward with a great deal of excitement ... Read More »

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