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Fireworks death a salutory lesson

THE tragic way 11 year-old Dominique Baxendell's life was extinguished at Holy Spirit School, Bray Park on the night of Saturday, May 20, is the reason the sale of fireworks to the general public was banned many years ago...

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Pope gives thanks on80th birthday

VATICAN CITY (CNS): Blending celebrations of his 80th birthday with the Jubilee for Priests, Pope John Paul II celebrated a Mass praising God for the gift of his priesthood and reached out to priests who have left the ministry...

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Third secret ‘not essential to faith’

ROME (CNS): The Vatican's top doctrinal official, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, said the third secret of Fatima contains no dogma of faith and, like other private revelations, is "not essential" for Christians...

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Jury still out on Shroud of Turin

VATICAN CITY (CNS): The scientific jury is still out on the authenticity of the Shroud of Turin, believed by many to be the burial cloth of Christ, said Archbishop Severino Poletto of Turin...

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Fireworks tragedy

PINE Rivers parishioners have united to grieve for an 11 year-old schoolgirl who died in a fireworks tragedy at the parish school's fete on May 20...

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Ray of hope amid tragedy

IN this week's People profile, Franciscan Missionary of Mary Sister Pamela Barker tells how, by co-ordinating fundraising for Zoe's Place, a planned Brisbane hospice and respite centre for children with life-limiting illnesses, she also hopes to help save the marriages of their parents...

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Catholic Education week

EDUCATORS, students and parents will descend on Brisbane's city centre from May 21-28 to celebrate Queensland Catholic Education Week, with a ceremony at St Stephen's Cathedral, and live lunchtime music and dance performances in the Queen Street Mall...

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