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Taking the path of realistic compassion


By Steve Jorgensen MENTAL Health Australia invites all who “… care for someone with a mental illness; know someone with a mental illness, to be part of this year’s Mental Health Week campaign”. Despite extensive media promotion of this event, there is no mention of “caring for’ the Government induced Asylum Seeker mental illness, the outcome of its immigration policy which ... Read More »

Caritas changing the lives of all

By Paul Dobbyn FROM visiting remote parts of Nepal to taking part in this year’s Bridge to Brisbane run, Brisbane Caritas diocesan director Joe Foley has found his role life-changing. He’s also delighted to be with Caritas Australia to celebrate the organisation’s 50th anniversary and to be part of a special jubilee Mass in St Stephen’s Cathedral on Sunday, September 21. ... Read More »

Compassion for the poor in action

By Brian Moore RECENTLY while reflecting on my 38 years in the Ambulance Service and my 48 years as a member of the St Vincent de Paul Society in Queensland, the word compassion was part of my life in my service to the sick and injured along with service as a Vincentian to the poor and disadvantaged. I give prayerful ... Read More »

‘Peace I leave you, my peace I give you’

By Fr Stanley Orji THE Church has good news to tell: this joyful news springs from these words of Christ – the “sign of peace”. There is every reason to greet with pleasure the Church’s recent effort to reaffirm the current form and place of the “sign of peace” within our sacred liturgy. The Church tells us with an air ... Read More »

An interest in the extraordinary

By Fr Paul Chandler JULY 7 was the seventh anniversary of Summorum Pontificum, Pope Benedict XVI’s motu proprio that allowed a wider use of what is now called the Extraordinary Form of the Mass. Sometimes it is called the Traditional Mass or Latin Mass. It was the Mass of the Church for many centuries. Over the past three years, like ... Read More »

Aboriginal faith recorded

By Paul Dobbyn BRISBANE Josephite Sister Kay McPadden realised it was time to start recording the history of the Catholic Aboriginal faith in Cherbourg one day sitting having a cup of tea on the verandah of the community’s St Peter Claver Church. This awareness led to a two-year project, which eventually expanded to include Stradbroke Island. The fruits of this ... Read More »

Affordable housing is a basic human right

By Brian Moore AS a long-serving Vincentian, many people ask me, “Where are these homeless people coming from”? I tell them that some of these unfortunate people are squeezed out of their homes by the unrelenting movement of real-estate capital into traditionally low-income/rental boarding houses and residential areas which are all that people on low incomes or the poor can ... Read More »

A call to conversion

By Deacon Anthony Gooley THE Directory for the Ministry and Life of Deacons (23) says that, “The principal function of the deacon … is to collaborate with the bishop and the priests in the exercise of a ministry which is not of their own wisdom but of the word of God, calling all to conversion and holiness.” Bishops, priests and ... Read More »

Praying for peace in a troubled world

This is Pope Francis’ address at the Invocation for Peace that took place in the night of Pentecost Sunday, June 8, in the Vatican Gardens. I GREET you with immense joy and I wish to offer you, and the eminent delegations accompanying you, the same warm welcome which you gave to me during my recent pilgrimage to the Holy Land. ... Read More »

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