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Whether in Ireland or Brisbane, Fr Joe Flannery was all for God

BRISBANE received more than toys and candy canes for Christmas 1956; Irish-born Fr Joseph Francis Vianney Flannery arrived on Christmas Eve as a young priest in a foreign land and was sent straight to St Stephen’s Cathedral. He spent his first day in Brisbane’s summer heat in the confessional, and served at the cathedral all day until midnight Mass. This ... Read More »

Iraqi bishop visiting Brisbane calls for fighting between ‘big powers’ to stop

MOSUL’S leader of Syriac Catholics has asked “the big powers” in the United States and Iran to let the Iraqi people live in dignity, as tensions escalate over the combating countries. Archbishop Youhanna Boutros Moshe is leader of the Syriac Catholic Archeparchy of Mosul, in northern Iraq, located about 90km from the Erbil US military base that was struck by ... Read More »

Australia’s first chapel dedicated to Blessed Peter To Rot to open this month

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MARIAN Valley will host about 80 Port Moresby Catholics to pray alongside the Brisbane Papua New Guinea Catholic Community for the blessing and opening of a chapel dedicated to Blessed Peter To Rot on January 19. PNG Cardinal John Ribat will fly from Port Moresby to lead the celebration and blessings, coinciding with 25 years since Blessed Peter was beatified ... Read More »

Fire-ravaged parishes show courage and ‘generosity of spirit’ in the face of loss and trauma

PRIESTS working in Australia’s worst bushfire-ravaged districts have praised the courage and “generosity of spirit” of their communities. But with more heatwave conditions expected, they have warned of the long-term impact of disaster trauma. “We have parishioners fighting fires, those who have lost their homes, and those who are playing a part with the evacuation centres,” Fr Luke Verrell said ... Read More »

Church launches national bushfire response as Australia is engulfed in ‘unprecedented calamity’

THE Australian Catholic Bishops Conference has launched a national Church response to deal with the unprecedented scale of the bushfire crisis. “The efforts of firefighters have been heroic. The resilience of the communities affected has been extraordinary,” ACBC president Archbishop Mark Coleridge of Brisbane said. “This has been Australia at its best … but we need more than words. Expressions ... Read More »

Queensland government pushes amendment to require priests to violate seal of confession

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THE Queensland Government has tabled amendments to the criminal code that would require priests to violate the sacramental seal of confession when penitents confessed child abuse, or risk facing three years’ imprisonment. The proposed amendments, which were tabled in response to Royal Commission recommendations on November 27, reflected similar legislation adopted in Victoria in August.  Catholic priests, who were the ... Read More »

Mothers should be inviting Jesus into their daily lives

MOTHER Effect founder Carrie McCormack wants motherhood to be more visible in the Church, saying it should be embraced as a blessed and dignified vocation. “There’s this song we sing with the children, it’s called, ‘Come, Lord Jesus’, and I think we need to be praying that every day in our motherhood,” she said. Mother Effect, an Emmanuel Community ministry ... Read More »

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