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Brisbane joins season of caring for creation

INTERNATIONAL speakers will explore pressing questions of faith, spirituality and caring for creation during an online series being presented in Brisbane during September. Archbishop Peter Loy Chong of Suva, Fiji, and United States theologian Franciscan Father Daniel Horan will be among those heading the line-up of speakers for a four-part series of one-hour online events. Brisbane archdiocese is hosting the ... Read More »

Meet the new Australian ambassador to the Holy See, Chiara Porro

AUSTRALIA’S new resident ambassador to the Holy See Chiara Porro says she hopes to be a voice for the Pacific region in Rome. “The Pacific is our neighbourhood, our family, and Australia is leading efforts to address our region’s key challenges, including on health security and climate change,” Ms Porro said in a message on the website of the Australian ... Read More »

Brisbane youth group a walking blessing for COVID-hit poor in India

YOUNG Catholics from the Kingston-Marsden parish are walking on air after raising more than $7000 for some of India’s most vulnerable citizens by trekking through the Logan suburbs. Members of the Maxmilian Kolbe parish youth group set a challenge to raise money for two organisations run by Catholic religious congregations in India by each walking 50km over 21 days. The ... Read More »

‘I’m literally repairing a building’ – Franciscan following St Francis in saving leaning church

AS Fr Stephen Bliss stands at the altar rail of heritage-listed St Brigid’s in Rosewood, he can appreciate his calling as a Franciscan friar is restoration. “St Francis said to repair the Church, I’m literally repairing a building,” Fr Bliss said. Built 110 years ago, the ornate weatherboard church holds pride of place in the centre of Rosewood, but has ... Read More »

New measures are helping protect people and adjust to unprecedented changes

AS one of Queensland’s largest service providers to people with a disability, Centacare welcomes the increased focus on the wellbeing of people with a disability reflected in the latest measures announced by the Queensland Government to contain the COVID-19 outbreak. For the first time, people with a disability have been explicitly included in measures announced on August 22, along with ... Read More »

Archdiocese answering a hunger for spiritual direction with new web page

BRISBANE archdiocese has launched a new web page for people searching for spiritual direction. Recently added to the archdiocese’s website, it’s a response to public demand. Former vicar for religious Josephite Sister Moya Campbell was receiving so many calls from people seeking the names of spiritual directors in the archdiocese that she decided it was time to compile an up-to-date ... Read More »

Queensland’s church history pieced together in Fr Chris Hanlon’s new book

ITALIAN troops had breached a point in the Aurelian Walls while Pope Pius IX’s forces mounted the defence of Rome, and caught in the skirmish, comforting the wounded and dying Papal Zouaves, was Brisbane’s first Bishop James Quinn. He was in Rome for the First Vatican Council when the Papal States fell to Kingdom of Italy on September 20, 1870. ... Read More »

PNG Church leaders condemn violent witch hunts as ‘crimes against humanity’

VIOLENT witch hunts are not a strange thing of the past – they exist today in many countries including neighbouring Papua New Guinea. During Holy Week last April in PNG’s Southern Highlands province, three village women were accused of sorcery, strung-up and tortured by fire. They were then forced to take responsibility for the death of a man who had ... Read More »

Fr Harry Chan looks back on ten years of freedom since his solemn profession

A MILD mannered and soft-spoken Franciscan Friar had firm words for the pandemic – “do not let the fear stop you serving God and the Church and the people”. Franciscan Father Harry Chan likened the COVID-19 pandemic to the rampant spates of leprosy in the days of his order’s founder, St Francis of Assisi. “Still, St Francis and the early ... Read More »

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