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Bon voyage Tamara

Farewell: Members of the Nerang parish will pray for parishioner Tamara Gillies as she continues her vocational formation with the Verbum Dei Missionary Sisters.

By Robin Williams NERANG woman Tamara Gillies has embarked on the next step in her journey to consecrated life with the Verbum Dei Missionary Sisters. The 28-year-old left Australia on June 5 to spend the next two years of her religious formation in a novitiate in San Francisco. Verbum Dei Missionary Sisters are celibate women consecrated to God by public ... Read More »

Witness to hope

The Dalai Lama in St Stephen’s Cathedral on June 11.

By Paul Dobbyn THE Dalai Lama, during an historic talk in Brisbane’s St Stephen’s Cathedral yesterday (June 11), gave an amusing impression of shivering in the cold as he visited St Francis’ birthplace in Assisi. “It was so cold there,” the slightly stooped 79-year-old said, wrapping his yellow monk’s cloak around himself to the delight of the packed gathering, “so ... Read More »

Praying for priests

By Emilie Ng SUNNYBANK parishioner Yvan Maurice takes part in a relay once a year, but instead of holding a baton in his hands, he holds his powerful Rosary beads. The faithful Catholic organised Brisbane’s slot in the sixth worldwide, 24-hour Rosary Relay for Priests on Friday, June 12, the feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. At the front ... Read More »

Key to society’s future

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By Paul Dobbyn BRISBANE Archbishop Mark Coleridge has outlined the Church’s teachings on the nature of marriage in a radio interview. He said society had always seen this relationship as central to its future. Archbishop Coleridge said other forms of relationships could be “wondrous”, he said one of the difficulties with same-sex marriage was “it tends to collapse a couple of ... Read More »

Feeling for the homeless

By Emilie Ng JACOBA Brasch remembers searching for her brother among the bushes of Brisbane city’s Botanic Gardens less than 20 years ago. She eventually found him sleeping on a bench. Her brother was homeless, forced with “little choice” to sleep rough on Brisbane’s streets. “His life was such that he ended up with little choice, he thought, but to ... Read More »

Brisbane surgeon receives Queen’s Birthday honour

Dedication recognised: Dr Michael Lanigan was made a Member of the Order of Australia. He is one of three Queensland Catholics to receive an award in the 2015 Queenís Birthday Honours List.

BRISBANE plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr Michael Lanigan was grateful to receive recognition in the 2015 Queen’s Birthday Honours List for his services to medicine. But as he explained “the reward was not so much the AM (Member of the Order of Australia) but the work I did which most probably led me to receive the award”. “That reward came ... Read More »

Hearts must turn toward peace

TO overcome fear, discrimination and conflict, people must have a deep desire to open themselves up to God and his mercy, and work actively for peace every day, Pope Francis said. God’s plan for creation is peace, “which always meets opposition from humanity and the devil,” he said during a one-day visit to Bosnia and Herzegovina on June 6. The ... Read More »

Calls to oppose marriage change

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THIRTY-EIGHT religious leaders from Christian, Jewish and Islamic traditions have defended the existing definition of marriage in a public letter to Prime Minister Tony Abbott. The leaders called on Mr Abbott to resist attempts in Federal Parliament to redefine the meaning of marriage. “At a time when marriage is already under significant strains and pressures, we urge you to do ... Read More »

Catholic hospital offers healing through art

Creative endeavour: Curator Fiona Forrest, photographer Robin Cox and St Vincent’s Private Hospital general manager Cheryl Royle at the launch of the hospital’s Outside In art exhibition.

By Emilie Ng HOSPITAL maintenance worker Robin Cox knows healing patients at Brisbane’s St Vincent’s Private Hospital doesn’t merely require fixing medical equipment. The passionate photographer is one of 20 local artists and art groups bringing beauty directly to the sick and injured, at St Vincent’s Private Hospital’s “Outside In” exhibition. Mr Cox’s striking images, which include a floating ceiling ... Read More »

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