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Day for justice

By Peter Bugden BRISBANE Archbishop Mark Coleridge celebrating Social Justice Sunday last weekend repeated his claim that Australia’s asylum-seeker policy is “a moral failure”. Archbishop Coleridge was preaching at a Mass in St Stephen’s Cathedral and picked up on the theme of the Australian Catholic bishops’ 2015 Social Justice Statement – “For Those Who’ve Come Across the Seas: Justice for ... Read More »

Engaging faith and culture

Archbishop Mark Coleridge

By Michael Crutcher BRISBANE Archbishop Mark Coleridge said balancing faith and culture in the modern world would be the key factor facing bishops at the Synod on the family. Archbishop Coleridge (pictured) is one of two Australian bishops in Rome for the synod from October 4-25. The gathering was called early last year by Pope Francis to “confront the new and ... Read More »

Taking time to heal

By Michael Crutcher THE trauma of war in the Middle East may mean that new arrivals to Brisbane archdiocese “need time to settle”, according to one of the city’s most experienced migration agents and community workers. Rebecca Lim, a former community engagement co-ordinator at Dutton Park’s Romero Centre, said the Syrian and Iraqi refugees who would be welcomed to the ... Read More »

Top models of charity

By Emilie Ng NEW York Fashion Week has competition in a group of Catholic women who braved the catwalk to raise money for a volunteer group in their parish. Three of Darra-Jindalee’s “mature and discerning” women parishioners became models for a day in a bid to help the parish’s Care and Concern group, which provides assistance to house-bound, sick and elderly ... Read More »

Happy to serve in Australia

By Emilie Ng BRISBANE’S latest intake of Nigerian priests were surprised to find Mass rarely stretched past one hour in Australia. Fr Chukwuemeka “Emeka” Onwubiko and Fr Kevin Njoku arrived in Brisbane this month after a long journey from Umuahia diocese, Nigeria, where Mass can take up to two hours on any given Sunday. “There are slight differences with the ... Read More »

Helping those in need

By Michael Crutcher AN African woman, crying at the back of a Brisbane church, unknowingly sparked a group that became a model for the archdiocese’s plan to host at least 100 refugee families from Syria and Iraq. The woman, a refugee with a devastating history in the Congo, was found at St Brigid’s Church, Red Hill, several years ago. She ... Read More »

Hoping and praying

By Peter Bugden BRISBANE Catholics Edmund and May Jabbour, heartened that their archdiocese is preparing to welcome hundreds of Syrian refugees, are hoping and praying members of their family may be among them. The Jabbours are among the many Syrians in St Clement’s Melkite Catholic Parish, South Brisbane, anxiously waiting for relatives to gain safe passage out of their troubled homelands. ... Read More »

Mum fashioning a stylish pro-life message

By Emilie Ng DEFENDING unborn babies is a task one Toowoomba mother is prepared to tackle one glamorous dress at a time. Mother of five Kerri Brennan opened a new maternity fashion business for pregnant and nursing mums and added a subtle pro-life twist in the store’s name. “I was hoping that by naming it ‘Little Miracles Maternity Wear’ it would ... Read More »

Brisbane’s revised sacramental policy ‘savours beauty of sacraments’

Maronite family

CHILDREN preparing for Christian initiation will be able to “savour the beauty of the sacraments” under the Brisbane archdiocese’s revised sacramental policy. Archbishop Mark Coleridge promulgated a revised policy into the Christian initiation for children following a review undertaken last year into sacramental preparation of children in parishes. The policy includes preparing children for Baptism, which was previously an assumed ... Read More »

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