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Pope praying for Sam today

Pope prays for DMD sufferers

POPE Francis offered prayerful support for the “humanitarian fight” of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy in the lead-up to its first international awareness day today (September 7).  Pope Francis’ acknowledgement of sufferers and their families who live with the challenges of the degenerative muscle condition of one in about 3600 males has “humbled” Brisbane’s Kelly Uchytil, mother of DMD sufferer Sam, 14. ... Read More »

Rich in faith and cultures

El Salvadorians at the Multicultural Mass

UNIVERSAL pride filled St Stephen’s Cathedral at last weekend’s annual Multicultural Mass for the Brisbane archdiocese. Vibrant colours, jubilant songs and prayers in multiple tongues featured at the Mass, held this year to close National Migrant and Refugee Week. Catholics representing more than 20 ethnic groups from around the archdiocese gathered to witness just how far the Gospel has spread. ... Read More »

Brisbane student to say ‘g’day’ to Pope Francis

Cameron will talk to Pope Francis next week

CAMERON Harder-Hutton found out on Monday that next week he will need to make an important phone call that he will never forget. The Year 12 student will call Pope Francis at 1am on September 5 to take part in a global meeting with six other young representing the world’s continents. He will be the only person to represent Oceania ... Read More »

Celebrating the gift of diversity

By Paul Dobbyn THE annual Multicultural Mass in St Stephen’s Cathedral this Sunday, August 31, promises to be another colourful and prayerful celebration of Brisbane archdiocese’s cultural diversity. Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge will be the main celebrant at the Mass which starts at 2.30pm. The Mass is held on the last Sunday of August each year in observance of the ... Read More »

Brisbane joy for India’s saint

THE Malayalam Catholic community recently gathered at St John’s Church, Northgate, to celebrate the feast of India’s first and only native-born saint – St Alphonsa. Melbourne Syro-Malabar Bishop Mar Bosco Puthur, with six priests, concelebrated a solemn high Mass in the saint’s honour on August 3. Claude Gonsalves, among those present, said the liturgical celebration “culminated with the faithful processing ... Read More »

Caritas director leads the dash for cash for the poor

By Paul Dobbyn CARITAS diocesan director Joseph Foley,  teachers and students from archdiocesan schools are on the starting blocks of the Bridge to Brisbane fun run to raise funds for vulnerable families in Oceania, Asia and Africa. Mr Foley said the 20-strong Caritas Ks team hoped to raise at least $5000 to ensure improved supplies of drinking water for people ... Read More »

End of an era for biblical explorers

By Emilie Ng AFTER 12 years former Albany Creek parishioners Bryen and Fay McMahon are closing the last chapter on one of Brisbane’s favourite biblical resources, the Bible Explorer’s Handbook. Mr and Mrs McMahon have shared Bible stories, personal testimonies, Scripture quizzes and Christian book reviews in more than 55,000 copies since 2002. The handbook began as a response to the ... Read More »

Extraordinary women

By Emilie Ng AFTER 50 years supporting Queensland women in and out of Catholic action movements, the Young Christian Workers Past Members Association of Brisbane has come to an end. More than 80 surviving members, all former female members of the Young Christian Workers, the National Catholic Girls’ Movement and the Grail, met for the last time at St Stephen’s Cathedral ... Read More »

Proof of Gospel’s worldwide reach

By Emilie Ng WORLD cultures may be vastly different in routines and customs but parishioners from St Patrick’s, Beenleigh, proved Christ is their common denominator. More than 600 parishioners and members of the Beenleigh community shared not only food from over 50 destinations, but joined in for an eternal feast in a multicultural Mass. The Liturgy of the Word was proclaimed ... Read More »

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