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Australian churches urged to take up global energy challenge

Global solar challenge

AUSTRALIAN churches have been issued with a challenge to increase the switchover to renewable energy such as solar. While some Queensland Catholic dioceses are taking giant steps towards renewables, overall, Australia’s record on installed renewable energy lags behind North America and most of Europe. Figures released by United Kingdom charities show more than 3500 churches in the United Kingdom have ... Read More »

Surfers Paradise associate pastor takes up new role in Hervey Bay

Fr Regimon Gervasis

MISSIONARY Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament Father Regimon Gervasis has thanked the people of Surfers Paradise for their prayers, friendship and smiling faces as he left the parish. Fr Gervasis has been appointed parish priest of Hervey Bay. More than 600 people attended a farewell Mass and morning tea on August 28. Parish priest and South Coast dean Fr Tim ... Read More »

Popular guide for catechumens and candidates gets a facelift

Book launch

PARISHES across Australia could believe Christmas is coming early after packages of a newly relaunched resource for catechumens hit the post last week. At Home with God’s People – Our Catholic Faith is the revised edition of a popular resource created to guide the thousands of Australians who prepare for Baptism every Easter. Relaunched last week by Brisbane Archbishop Mark ... Read More »

London guide impressed with Australia’s first Oratory community

LONDON Oratory priest and delegate for Australia’s first Oratorian congregation Fr Uwe Michael Lang has made his first visit to support the Brisbane community. Fr Lang arrived in Brisbane on August 26 and stayed with the community until September 4 before making a trip to the Great Barrier Reef. The Oratory priest of 19 years spoke positively of his first ... Read More »

Report rejecting bill to legalise abortion in Queensland misses mental health risk link

abortion

A 135-page report which formed the basis of Queensland’s parliamentary inquiry rejecting an abortion legalisation bill, found no link between abortion and mental health risks amongst women. That’s despite international longitudinal studies that show women can suffer substantial long-term mental injury following terminations. The inquiry finding could prove significant if the document is used in support of any new legislative ... Read More »

Brisbane Albanians including honorary consul say Mother Teresa deserved sainthood

albanians

AUSTRALIA’S honorary consul for Albania has whole-heartedly described Mother Teresa as his own mother, a mother for Albanian and for all people, following her canonisation last Sunday. Dr Resmi Kamberaj was among hundreds of Catholics, including members of the Brisbane Albanian community and three of the Missionaries of Charity Sisters living in Brisbane, at a Mass for St Teresa of ... Read More »

Community fund chips in for Nanango’s ‘Little Cathedral in the Bush’

nanango

NANANGO’S “Little Cathedral in the Bush” is getting spruced up for its 100th birthday with a helping hand from the community. The Heritage Nanango Community Funding program – anchored on the work of the local Heritage Bank – has donated $18,500 to paint the interior of Our Lady Help of Christians Church. That followed a grant of $42,000 from the ... Read More »

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