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God’s watching the Philippines

By Emilie Ng MELANIE Canta couldn’t explain the tears that “just flowed” when she caught a glimpse of Pope Francis waving to millions at the last Mass he celebrated during his recent visit to the Philippines. The Manila-born woman returned to her country for the summer holidays, thrilled that it coincided with the Holy Father’s Philippines visit. Standing with almost ... Read More »

Tamil priest sees hope in Pope’s Sri Lankan visit

BRISBANE Tamil priest Dominican Father Pan Jordan has hailed Pope Francis’ recent visit to Sri Lanka as a potential inspiration to the country’s new government. The Pope arrived soon after Maithripala Sirisena was elected president after Mahinda Rajapaksa failed to secure a third term in office. “His visit could be a source of strength to the new government at a ... Read More »

CMI priests are ‘living portraits’ of new saint

By Emilie Ng BRISBANE’S six Carmelite of Mary Immaculate priests started the new year in hope of being “living portraits” of their founder, the newly canonised St Kuriakose Elias Chavara. The CMI priests gathered on the new saint’s feast day, January 2, for a celebration Mass with Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge at St Stephen’s Cathedral, Brisbane. It is the first ... Read More »

Praying for life at risk

ABUSE has always confronted Dayboro woman Anne Rampa during her decades of prayer and fasting vigils at Christmas outside a Brisbane abortion clinic. But the abuse this Christmas was more aggressive, the mother of seven said. The vigil at Greenslopes started at midnight Christmas night, and continued day and night until 5pm on December 28 – the feast of the ... Read More »

Aussie girl marries her Swiss Guard soulmate

By Emilie Ng IF marrying a Swiss Guard is your preference, take advice from Australian Catholic woman Joanne Bergamin. The Vatican Papal Blessings staff member married Swiss Guard Corporal Dominic Bergamin on November 1 last year, All Saints’ Day, after a whirlwind romance inside the Vatican walls. The newlyweds shared their story at Faith on Tap at the Pineapple Hotel ... Read More »

Crushing abortion with pro-life heels

Crossroads walkers

BRISBANE nursing student Lizzie Long believes the only way to stop abortion in Australia is to tie up her laces and take the pro-life message to Melbourne. The 19 year old is one of 11 young people walking from Brisbane to Melbourne wearing fluro pro-life shirts in an effort to get Australians thinking about abortion. Miss Long’s Catholic faith is ... Read More »

‘I too am Charlie’

By Paul Dobbyn “I TOO am Charlie … the Catholic Church has to be Charlie.” These are the words of Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge in the aftermath of the terrorist attack in Paris, which left nine workers dead at the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo dead on January 7. Two police officers, one a Muslim, as well as a maintenance ... Read More »

Ingrid paints for St Brigid’s

SNOWFLAKES seem to swirl about Red Hill’s St Brigid’s Church in a painting by young Brisbane artist Ingrid Bartkowiak to promote the church’s legendary Christmas carols. However, as Ingrid explains, all is not as it seems in the painting. The “snowflakes” are actually stars. “I wanted the painting to convey the same atmosphere that the carols at St Brigid’s have ... Read More »

Palm Beach’s first church is 50

PALM Beach Catholics welcomed their greatest belated-Christmas gift when Our Lady of the Way Church opened on December 28, 1964. For one of its builders Ray Taylor, it was an even greater relief to see the new church. “Mass was said at various places, so we decided to build our own, and built it voluntarily,” Mr Taylor said. “That time ... Read More »

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