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Canon lawyer agrees with proposal to include environmental care in canon law

Fr Adrian Farrelly

PLANS to make Catholics legally obligated not only “not to harm” the environment but to improve it has “real merit”, Brisbane canon lawyer Fr Adrian Farrelly said. Fr Farrelly, a judicial vicar for the Queensland Regional Tribunal, said he agreed overall with a proposal from the former head of the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts to insert a new canon in ... Read More »

Sky’s the limit for pilot Liam Morey as he takes on record-breaking trip

Young pilot Liam Morey

HIGH schooler Liam Morey won’t be needing boredom busters these holidays as he attempts to make a new world record for the youngest person to fly solo around Australia. The Year 11 student from Siena Catholic College, Sippy Downs, plans to become the youngest person to circumnavigate Australia solo by plane in September. The record in Australia is held by ... Read More »

Sister to 11 Nancy Webb is becoming a religious sister for life

Webb family

NANCY Webb is used to waking up to a full household of 14 people but she’s about to find out if she can handle life with a spiritual family nearly ten times the size. The young Catholic from Toowoomba is joining the Sisters of Life, a contemplative and active religious community of women founded in New York in 1991 to ... Read More »

Domus Dei Duo bringing Bach sacred music to the Church

Rachael Shipard and Eleanor Adeney

CLASSICALLY-trained musicians Eleanor Adeney and Rachael Shipard are adding churches to their list of potential venues to add “dignity and solemnity” to Catholic liturgies around Brisbane. The Brisbane Catholics and renowned musicians are combining their Catholic faith with their musical prowess to play sacred music for liturgies throughout Brisbane. “Our faith is very important to us and then we both ... Read More »

Child asylum seeker finds holiday heaven away from Nauru ‘hell’

art with child refugees

“IT was like you’re living in hell.” This is how a chatty 11-year-old Iranian asylum seeker described the five years she spent in detention on Nauru. “Because it’s really hard,” Esta* said. “After 7pm you can’t go out because it’s not safe – they might hide in the bush and attack you.” Esta was five when she and her family ... Read More »

Canadian parish coach says stop catechising, start evangelising at Proclaim

Ron Huntley

CONVINCING an atheist or lapsed Catholic to fall in love with Jesus Christ begins with recognising that “people don’t care” about catechesis, Canadian parish coach Ron Huntley said. Speaking at the 2018 Proclaim Conference in Brisbane, Mr Huntley said the reason why the Church was not growing boiled down to a fundamental truth, that people don’t care about being taught ... Read More »

‘Incredible’ Brisbane Catholic mother turns 105

Ruby Duffell

LAUGHTER has proven to be the best and only medicine for Ruby Duffell and possibly the reason she’s made it to her 105th birthday. The mother-of-three from Brisbane turned 105 on July 3 at her home in Villa Maria, Fortitude Valley, where she’s lived for nearly a decade. Remarkably, Ruby doesn’t take any medication, not even the suggestion from doctors ... Read More »

Thousands of Catholic students to flood into Queensland schools by 2036

Nudgee College library

QUEENSLAND will need to build enough schools or expand existing campuses to cope with a projected influx of an extra 47,000 Catholic students by 2036. Based on population growth projections, the Queensland Catholic Education Commission predicts that by 2036, the number of additional students in the Catholic sector would increase by 32 per cent to 194,000. QCEC executive director Dr ... Read More »

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