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Tamil priest arrested

By Paul Dobbyn BRISBANE archdiocese’s Catholic Justice and Peace Commission has joined other organisations in seeking the release of a Tamil priest and a human rights activist who have been arrested in Sri Lanka’s north and imprisoned in Colombo. The arrests of Oblates of Mary Immaculate Father Praveen Mahesan and activist Ruki Fernando have come as Sri Lanka faces censure ... Read More »

Theology of the body explored

By Emilie Ng THEOLOGY of the body is a term many Catholics hear, but few know how to explain. With help from three guest speakers from Melbourne’s John Paul II Institute for Marriage and Family, almost 100 Catholics went deeper into John Paul II’s great teaching in Brisbane last weekend. The series of seminars and workshops were presented by Real ... Read More »

Daniel remembered at his Coast college

DANIEL Morcombe’s school Siena College at Sippy Downs on the Sunshine Coast has marked news of the jailing of his murderer with prayer in staff rooms and at last week’s assembly. Principal Graeme Hight said the school’s response had been “deliberately quite low key”. However, memories of the school’s former student who was abducted and murdered by Brett Peter Cowan ... Read More »

Coorparoo Carmelite farewelled

COORPAROO parish has farewelled Carmelite Father Frank Shortis who served the community at Our Lady of Mount Carmel for 13 years. Fr Shortis (pictured) was asked by the Carmelite prior provincial to move to Melbourne to assist with provincial archiving and to help the seminarians in formation. He left on March1. Fr Shortis was the chaplain to the lay Carmelites ... Read More »

Samoans hand faith on to next generation

THE first of five Samoan Masses to be held this year at St Brigid’s Church, Nerang, attracted worshipers from Gold Coast and Brisbane communities. Samoan chaplain Fr Eparti Tamati, from Birkdale parish, celebrated the Samoan Mass on March 2 with local children taking part in the liturgy. The planned 2014 Masses are a move by a group of Nerang Samoan ... Read More »

Brisbane joins in prayer for Egypt

By Paul Dobbyn “EGYPT needs your prayers and we are so proud Egypt is the subject of this year’s World Day of Prayer.” Egypt’s Sydney consul general Ayman Ally Kamel delivered this and several other important messages as guest speaker at this year’s World Day of Prayer held in St Stephen’s Cathedral on March 7. Mr Kamel also spoke of ... Read More »

P and F federation returns ‘home’

By Paul Dobbyn QUEENSLAND Parents and Friends Federation executive director Carmel Nash has called the relocation of the organisation’s office “a homecoming”. The federation’s new office in the St Stephen’s Cathedral precinct was blessed and opened by Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge on March 7. Mrs Nash said the office had been located in the Catholic Centre (now Penola Place) when ... Read More »

Pro-life action encountering varied replies

By Paul Dobbyn BRISBANE pro-life activists Belinda Goodwin and Graham Preston have encountered different forms of opposition to their actions. Mrs Goodwin, a doctor and mother of eight children, has been involved in pro-life actions since her university days and helped found the annual Rally for Life. She has noticed a “hardening of the hearts of some women” encountered at ... Read More »

Reach of compassion

By Paul Dobbyn AWARENESS of how Catholics are supporting struggling parts of the world, including the Philippines and South America, was central to this year’s Queensland Project Compassion launch. Guest speakers Caritas Australia chief executive officer Paul O’Callaghan and Latin America programs co-ordinator Siobhan Jordan presented challenging yet uplifting stories to students from Catholic schools across Brisbane. Brisbane Archbishop Mark ... Read More »

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