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Jesuit priest Fr Frank Brennan says if US deal falls through, resettling refugees on Manus and Nauru into Australia only ‘credible option’

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IF United States President-elect Donald Trump decides not to honour an agreement to accept refugees from Nauru and Manus Island then they should be settled permanently in Australia, Jesuit theologian and lawyer Fr Frank Brennan says. Fr Brennan made the assertion during a talk he gave in Brisbane on November 29 to mark the 45th anniversary of the Justice in ... Read More »

New Brisbane city Vinnies will be a ‘place of mercy and hope’

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CITY dwellers experiencing poverty, loneliness and isolation can turn to a new “centre of charity” that will provide free high-quality emergency goods to people in need. St Vincent de Paul Society opened its new retail shop, better known as a “centre of charity”, on Mary Street in Brisbane’s CBD last month. It is the first Vinnies op shop to open ... Read More »

Brisbane Archbishop encourages Neocatechumenal Way community

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BRISBANE Archbishop Mark Coleridge has delivered a strong message of hope and repentance in an Advent homily to Brisbane’s Neocatechumenal Way communities. Speaking to the communities, which operate in four Brisbane parishes, during a vigil Mass in St Ambrose’s Church in Newmarket, Archbishop Coleridge described the words of prophet Isaiah (Isaiah 11:16 “The wolf will live with the lamb …) ... Read More »

Pro-life groups urge supporters to sign petition to say no to Queensland abortion reforms before Bills are debated next year

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QUEENSLAND’S politicians are preparing for a fiery showdown on abortion early next year following a surprise parliamentary move by supporters of the so-called Pyne Abortion Bills. In a planned parliamentary manoeuvre on November 29, Member for Cairns Rob Pyne put forward a procedural motion to have his two abortion bills debated together, rather than separately. Labor Government members voted in ... Read More »

Iraqi Archbishop sees signs of new life in Syriac refugee families who moved to Australia to escape the Christian genocide

MOSUL’S former archbishop has named Australia one of the best countries for Iraqi refugees to build a new life amidst continued efforts by Islamic State to force a Christian “genocide” in their homeland. Archbishop Georges Casmoussa, an episcopal leader of the Syriac Catholic Church born in Iraq and based in Lebanon, said Australia was the first choice for many refugees ... Read More »

God’s biker: Polish Catholic priest just wants to read Scripture with outlaw bikies

BRISBANE Catholic priest Fr Andrzej Kolaczkowski likes nothing more than spending time in fellowship with outlaw bikie club members, sharing the Gospel. “There’s something really refreshing when you sit down and do Bible study …  with a bunch of hairy bikers full of tattoos. There’s nothing more refreshing to the faith,” he said. “It is about being a shepherd, it ... Read More »

You can now grab a bargain and sip on a good coffee at Vinnies

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COFFEE lovers with an eye for a bargain at Sumner Park will be thrilled to find the local Vinnies store is the first in the St Vincent de Paul Society to have a café. With no cafes in sight at the industrial estate, in Brisbane’s west, Vinnies have found a new range of customers venturing into its store with the introduction ... Read More »

Chaplain says soft attitude to underage drinking at Schoolies “unacceptable”

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ALCOHOL consumption by any persons under the legal age of 18 and use of illegal substances should not be accepted as normal Schoolies behaviour, a Queensland police chaplain has said. Police chaplain Fr Paul Kelly, who supported Gold Coast police during his first Schoolies event last week, said he was stunned by the acceptance of underage drinking and drug use ... Read More »

Brisbane’s newest churches are ready to open by Christmas and Easter

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WORK on a new, redeveloped Stella Maris Church at Maroochydore is due to be completed ahead of schedule this week, with a first Mass to be held before Christmas. It is one of four multi-million-dollar church building projects across the Archdiocese of Brisbane. Standing atop Marymount in the Gold Coast parish of Burleigh Heads the new Mary, Mother of Mercy ... Read More »

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