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Attitudes to adoption key to abortion battle

By Emilie Ng ABORTION will end when the attitude towards adoption changes, guest speak-er Dr Joanna Howe said at the Cherish Life Queensland fundraising dinner on November 8. Dr Howe, 30, is a law lecturer at the Uni-versity of Adelaide, and a former NSW Rhodes Scholar. In her address, Dr Howe said there were three motivations for reforming adoption laws ... Read More »

Love and community at heart of Booval

By Emilie Ng LOVE and community is at the core of Booval’s Sacred Heart primary school’s new facility – the Amare Centre. The centre’s name is taken from the school’s motto, “Amare est Servire” – “to love is to serve”. Members of the school and parish community agreed the centre should be named in honour of the love shown by ... Read More »

Little boy makes himself at home on stage with Pope

Little boy makes himself at home on stage with Pope

POPE Francis’ kindness to a little boy who joined him on stage during a recent address to families “should not be a surprise”, Bris-bane youth worker Jess Woodward said. Pictures and memes of a little boy who sat on the papal chair have circulated on the Internet. “I think it’s made the whole world stop and look at the Catholic ... Read More »

St Vincent’s Hospital clinic easing burdens

St Vincent’s Hospital clinic easing burdens

DOCTORS and nurses at St Vincent’s Private Hospital Brisbane have  witnessed an “increased quality of life” in patients using the new Centre for Pain Management. Since opening in July, the centre has implanted more than 30 high-frequency spinal cord stimulators that have reduced debilitating neck and back pain. These stimulators have only been approved in Australia and Europe. St Vincent’s ... Read More »

New chapel for missionaries

Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge blesses the altar in Verbum Dei Missionary Fraternity chapel at Bardon.

VERBUM Dei Brisbane missionary sisters now have the protection of St Pio of Pietrelcina, St Therese of Lisieux, and three Carmelite martyrs from Guadalajara, Mex-ico, at their new home in Bardon. Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge chose to give relics of these five saints, which now remain under their newly blessed altar in Verbum Dei Missionary Fraternity chapel. He also celebrated ... Read More »

Living in St Francis’ habit

Fr Dean Mathieson

HOODIES are a common winter wardrobe for many Australians, but for Capuchin friars, they are a lifelong habit. It’s also the Italian origin of their name – “capuccio” – literally meaning “hoodie”. In September, the Brisbane archdiocese welcomed their newest “hoodie” on the block, gentle Melbournian Capuchin Father Dean Mathieson. The youngest of four children, Fr Dean grew up in ... Read More »

Centacare runners set cool record

Centacare Brisbane and archdiocesan staff all set for the Cool Night Classic run and walk.

CENTACARE Brisbane this year entered its largest team for the Cool Night Classic run and walk through Brisbane’s central business district on October 31. The team was made up of Centacare and Brisbane archdiocesan staff, with entrants either running or walking the 3km or 5km course. Race organisers awarded this year’s charity partners $100,000 raised from the event. Centacare has ... Read More »

Cyclists blessed for ride from city heart

Cyclists gathering outside St Stephen’s Cathedral to receive a blessing of protection before making a 45km journey to Ipswich.

INSPIRED by the survival story of a former triathlon competitor, 45 cyclists rode from Brisbane’s St Stephen’s Cathedral to Ipswich for menALIVE’s Blessing of the Bikes and Memorial Ride. The blessing and ride is a tradition in many European countries, where cyclists receive a prayer of safety and protection, and blessing from a priest at the beginning of the cycling ... Read More »

Work still to do after council

People of the South Coast Deanery meet in Coolangatta-Tugun

FIFTY years since the Second Vatican Coun-cil introduced significant changes to the sac-red liturgy, South Coast Deanery recently considered how well parishes had applied the changes. Gathering at St Augustine and St Monica’s Church, Coolangatta-Tugun, more than 120 people answered a question posed by Pope Francis in a homily on April 16. He called the council “a beautiful work” but ... Read More »

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