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Prayer power marshalled for positive G20 outcome

By Paul Dobbyn PRAYER and fasting has been called for as an act of solidarity with marginalised people around the world whose voices will not be heard in Brisbane’s G20 Leaders Summit on November 15 and 16. The call from Christian Church leaders comes in the midst of a series of prayer vigils around Brisbane churches under the banner, The ... Read More »

Fathers factor in life

By Paul Dobbyn A MILLION Australian children go to bed each night without a father and more than 30 per cent of teenage boys don’t live with their biological father. The Father Factor, a book launched in Brisbane last week, has assembled statistics and case studies to argue, at its worst, this is a social disaster. The new book also ... Read More »

Students give full support to Jamaica’s youth

By Emilie Ng CONCERN for children living in poverty brought more than 500 Brisbane Catholic school students together for World Children’s Mission  Day celebrated in Australia on October 22. Representatives from more than 20 Catholic schools in Queensland gathered for a World Children’s Mission Day Mass at St Stephen’s Cathedral organised by the Church’s international mission aid agency, Catholic Mission. ... Read More »

The King joins sports panel to discuss bishops’ statement

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A PANEL of prominent sporting identities discussing pros and cons of modern sport proved a winning formula at a community forum held at the parish of Saints Peter and Paul, Bulimba recently. More than 60 people were drawn to the October 15 forum, discussing issues raised in the Australian Catholic bishops’ annual social justice statement, A Crown for Australia: Striving ... Read More »

Vinnies opens new Hervey Bay store

By Joseph Higgins LOCAL members of the St Vincent de Paul Society were graced with the presence of Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge at the blessing of the St Joseph’s Hervey Bay Conference store. The establishment of the store marks a great step forward for the projection of community support and welfare in the Hervey Bay area. St Joseph’s Hervey Bay ... Read More »

Eye-opening talks stun Catholic Women’s League

HUMAN trafficking, slavery, orphans and asylum seekers are often classified as matters of the past, but the Queensland members of Catholic Women’s League have uncovered the persistent reality of these troubling issues. These social justice issues were at the forefront of the CWL Biennial State Conference 2014 held in Mackay earlier this year. State president Jan Webb welcomed the CWL ... Read More »

Soldier for Christ tells of battles at book launch

By Paul Dobbyn “DON’T put any of that God stuff in” was the response Deacon Gary Stone got from several publishers receiving his proposal to write a book about his 45 years of service with the Australian Army. “Various publishers said there were plenty of stories to tell without that,” Deacon Stone told the audience at the recent launch of ... Read More »

Festive year for Beenleigh

By Emilie Ng BEENLEIGH Catholics are preparing for the biggest St Patrick’s Day celebrations in 60 years. St Patrick’s Church, named after Irish patron saint, will turn 60 next year. Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge will celebrate an official anniversary Mass on Tuesday, March 17, St Patrick’s feast day. The newly elected parish council will spend the next 12 months organising ... Read More »

Laundry service for homeless ‘full steam ahead’

By Emilie Ng BRISBANE’S homeless are grateful for a new initiative that offers free laundry services in local parks across the city. Orange Sky Laundry is Australia’s first mobile laundry service for the homeless, founded by friends and former St Joseph’s College, Gregory Terrace mates Nicholas Marchesi and Lucas Patchett. Team members had their first run on Thursday, October 9 ... Read More »

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