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Welcome to new shepherd

By Fr John Grace ON Thursday, May 29, Fr Michael McCarthy, from Brisbane, was ordained bishop and became the 10th Bishop of Rockhampton. The warmth of the wider community of the Diocese of Rockhampton welcomes both his appointment by Pope Francis and his acceptance of this call to apostolic service. He comes to a rural diocese, a blend of city ... Read More »

In Google we trust, and the search goes on

Foolish Wisdom by Bernard Toutounji  I LOVE Google. I use that little search bar numerous times every day.  If I want to know what to cook for dinner, study the history of sandpaper or find out the time in Nigeria the method is always the same – Google. And it is a rare occasion when Google lets me down.  Sometimes I ... Read More »

Aim to be a voice for voiceless

Former St Vincent de Paul Society Queensland state president Brian Moore reflects on the joys and challenges of his four-year term in the role. I HAVE been with Vinnies for 48 years and filled many servant leadership roles from conference, regional council, diocesan central council to state president. One legacy I have endeavoured to leave as state president has been to ... Read More »

Helping children understand the ultimate mysteries

INVISIBLE MUD – Understanding sinfulness and Godís love and forgiveness in the Sacraments of Baptism and PenanceSelina Venier; self-published 2013 INVISIBLE FIRE – Understanding the power of Godís Holy Spirit, first given at Pentecost, and in the Sacrament of Baptism and ConfirmationSelina Venier; self-published 2014 Reviewed by Fr Paul W Chandler IT is with great pleasure that I commend the ... Read More »

Analysing the martyrdom of modern days

THE GLOBAL WAR ON CHRISTIANS: DISPATCHES FROM THE FRONT LINES OF ANTI-CHRISTIAN PERSECUTION. By John L. Allen Jr;  Image Books, New York 2013 Reviewed by Rev Dr Anthony Gooley HUMAN rights organisations estimate that the 20th and 21st centuries have witnessed the deaths of more Christian martyrs than all the previous centuries combined. Some estimate the number of Christians killed, ... Read More »

Excellent choice for parish discussion group

THE FRANCIS EFFECT: LIVING THE JOY OF THE GOSPELEdited by Danielle Achikian, Peter Gates and Lana Turvey; Catholic Mission and Catholic Religious Australia; $15 (bulk discounts) Reviewed by Br Brian Grenier CFC POPE Francis chose to present Evangelii Gaudium (Joy of the Gospel) as an apostolic exhortation rather than as an encyclical. This gave him scope to address the ordinary ... Read More »

Welcome resource for those involved in RCIA

ENCOUNTERING THE MYSTERY OF GOD: A FRAMEWORK FOR MYSTAGOGY FROM EASTER TO PENTECOSTPatrick J Cronin CFC; Mosaic Press; $27.95 Reviewed by Br Brian Grenier CFC THE restoration of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults was one of the fruits of the Second Vatican Council. Following its proclamation on January 6, 1972, a wealth of resource material was produced to ... Read More »

Called to know ‘the source of Christian joy’

Pope Benedict XVI

BENEDICT XVI: LEARNING TO BELIEVEEdited by Giuliano Vigini; St Paul’s Publications, Strathfield NSW, 2012. Reviewed by Barbara Flynn WRITINGS by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI remain a relevant source of inspiration, teaching and guidance for the Church as it seeks to respond to contemporary ideologies and philosophies negatively impacting Christian practice and belief particularly in Western societies. In this small book ... Read More »

Overcoming hatred and vengeance

Colin Firth in a scene from The Railway Man

THE RAILWAY MAN: Starring Colin Firth, Nicole Kidman, Jeremy Irvine, Stellan Skarsgard. Directed by Jonathan Teplitzky. 116 minutes. Rated M (Mature themes and violence). Reviewed by Fr Peter Malone MSC THIS is a film that can be recommended – with the caution that it has many harrowing moments. The advertising for The Railway Man seems to indicate that this is ... Read More »

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