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Columban priest a voice for Taiwan’s voiceless

Fr Peter O'Neill

COLUMBAN missionary Father Peter O’Neill knows what modern slavery looks like. For 26 years, Fr O’Neill, from Geelong, lived among poor and abused migrant workers in Taiwan. He ran migrant shelters, provided pastoral support and advocated for human rights – a task he now describes as a privilege. “It held my faith in God, a God of justice, a God ... Read More »

The Marriage Debate with Peter Pellicaan – Part III

Wedding dance

“I … TAKE you  … to be my wedded wife, to have and to hold, from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and health, until death do us part.” Or until we “fall out of love”, or until you get sick of me, or I get sick of you, or one of us ... Read More »

The Marriage Debate with Peter Pellicaan: Part II

IN the previous edition of The Catholic Leader, I urged Catholics firstly to engage in the marriage debate with truth and love, and secondly to understand that we are not debating equality or love, we are debating whether the definition of marriage should change. It is necessary to point out that there are many kinds of loving relationships. I have ... Read More »

The Marriage Debate with Peter Pellicaan

Pellicaan wedding

ON January 9, 2010, I looked into the eyes of my beloved and vowed to take her as my wife,’to have and to hold, from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and health, until death do us part’. Seven years and car full of children later, there can be no doubt that those ... Read More »

Northern Australia’s first missionary priest remembered 170 years later

Fr Angelo Confalonieri

AT the long-abandoned British settlement in Northern Australia, a crumbling grave vault marks the resting place of an extraordinary pioneering Catholic missionary. The largely forgotten story of Father Angelo Confalonieri has come alive, after the Consulate of Italy for Queensland and the Northern Territory and the Diocese of Darwin hosted a symposium on July 12 to commemorate his life, and, ... Read More »

Dominican priest joins Christian refugee advocates in week-long prayer vigil outside Brisbane immigration office

Fr Pan Jordan

IN the lead-up to Refugee Week, Christians have held daily vigils outside the Brisbane offices of the Department of Immigration calling for a fair onshore assessment process for asylum seekers. Thousands of asylum seekers living in Australia have been given until October 1 to submit their asylum claims, or risk deportation. “They are traumatised people, they didn’t keep a record ... Read More »

Queensland-born Columban Father Warren Kinne on being a priest in communist China

Chinese parishioners

COLUMBAN Father Warren Kinne knows first hand the art of “playing the game”. For two decades, Fr Kinne, 71, born and bred in Bundaberg, Queensland, was a missionary in communist China, learning to tread lightly, sometimes testing the boundaries of authority and control, and eventually watching his mission flourish in unimagined ways. Now returned to Australia, with a new mission ... Read More »

Making sense of Divine Mercy Sunday

Divine Mercy image

APRIL 30 in the new millennium went down in history as the happiest day in Pope John Paul II’s life. The pope had just declared a fellow Polish Catholic a saint, and he made a surprise announcement, offering the universal Church a new feast day, to be celebrated every second Sunday of Easter. This new feast was at the request ... Read More »

Love and marriage: Dating Dr Ryan Messmore

Dr Ryan Messmore

RYAN Messmore is about to find out what happens when you broadcast your love life to the world. The Catholic theologian and popular speaker living in Brisbane has written a book about his four-year courtship and marriage with his wife Karin Messmore. Dr Messmore, who was born to a devout Methodist family in Maryland, United States, as one of triplets ... Read More »

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