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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 »

Centenary in Booval

By Emilie Ng CHURCHES may not be typical heirlooms among families, but four Booval Catholic ancestors thought a beautiful church was the perfect gift for the next generations. Between 1912 and 1915, four Catholic families – the Hartfiels, Quinns, Leblers and Costellos – mortgaged their own homes to secure the building of a new Catholic church in Booval. Their sacrifices ... Read More »

Big shoes to fill for little feet

Stopping abortion: Pro-life supporters cross Story Bridge during their walk from Bowen Hills to Parliament House.

By Emilie Ng GRAHAM Preston’s been arrested six times, but the prospect of spending another night in jail never stops him from raising his pro-life banner on Brisbane’s streets. The 59-year-old has raised the issue of abortion in organising the annual peaceful pro-life Walk for Little Feet for the past 26 years. More than 100 supporters from various Christian denominations ... Read More »

Building on solid ground

At the opening of ACU’s new Saint John Paul II Building are Professor Greg Craven, Archbishop Mark Coleridge, State Member for Nudgee Leanne Linard, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, John Fahey and Professor Jim Nyland

By Paul Dobbyn QUEENSLAND Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk spoke proudly of her Catholic roots during her official opening of the Saint John Paul II Building at the Australian Catholic University’s Brisbane campus last week. “It’s a pleasure to be here as a Catholic premier,” she said. “Queensland’s last Catholic premier was Mike Ahern, I believe.” The Premier also shared thoughts on ... Read More »

Reaching mothers at risk

By Paul Dobbyn “IF you know something is harmful, and if something brings spiritual and emotional harm – wouldn’t you try to prevent others from coming into that same harm?” Brisbane priest Fr Adrian Sharp asked the question of a gathering at a recent fundraising dinner for Pregnancy Crisis Incorporated. The “something” he was referring to was abortion. “I certainly ... Read More »

Walking little miracles

Kade, Madison, Sarah and Deborah Pepper doing the Mater Little Miracles 5km walk to raise money for sick and premature babies

By Emilie Ng LIVING miracles Madison and Sarah Pepper have good reason to count their birthday candles each year. The St Benedict’s Primary School, Mango Hill, Year 2 students are one of thousands of premature-born babies named “little miracles” at the Mater Mothers’ Hospital. “We are called miracles because we were born early,” Madison said. Mum Deborah was diagnosed with ... Read More »

Farewell to Brisbane

By Peter Bugden  FR Anthony Ekpo, in Brisbane “on loan” from Nigeria for the past eight years, says he will carry the people of the archdiocese in his heart as he leaves for Rome. Fr Ekpo is being transferred to Rome to study canon law at the Pontifical Gregorian University for the next three to five years. Having arrived eight ... Read More »

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