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Year of Mercy: A rare look at Mass behind bars

Fr Tony Girvan saying Mass in prison

IN a simple prison chapel, chaplain Fr Tony Girvan celebrates Mass with inmates at Maryborough Correctional Centre for the final time during the Year of Mercy, delivering a missionary message “of revealing God’s love to all people”. “They are loved and we are called to preach the Gospel through the way we love each other,” Fr Girvan said. “For someone ... Read More »

Lord’s Prayer in parliament a good reminder of work beyond politics

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PRAYING the Lord’s Prayer in Queensland Parliament would remind politicians of a higher calling beyond politics, Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge said. Responding to a report in The Courier-Mail on mixed reaction from Labor ministers about the Lord’s Prayer during parliament, the Archbishop said the Lord’s Prayer was an “effective way” of setting parliament “in a larger context”. “At a time ... Read More »

Brisbane’s Holy Door is closed but doorway to mercy remains open

HOLY Doors have closed around the world, but Brisbane Catholics have been asked to keep the doorway to mercy open and “more public”. Across the world, Holy Doors in cathedrals, churches and basilicas closed on November 13, the same day Pope Francis closed three in Rome. Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge joined the universal Church to close the Holy Door at ... Read More »

Parish activist group grows out of concern for Timorese community

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CONCERNED Brisbane Catholics have vowed to maintain pressure on the Australian government to negotiate a fair maritime boundary with our smallest neighbour, East Timor. Michael Stevens has helped found the new Brisbane Timor Sea Justice group, which has grown from the Timor-Leste Companions of the Catholic Communities of Grovely, Samford and Mitchelton, a parish group focused on building friendship and ... Read More »

Audit identifies improvements for safeguarding policy in Archdiocese of Brisbane

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AN independent external audit conducted within the Archdiocese of Brisbane has found parishes comply with the requirements of the new “Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults Policy”. The Archdiocese has released the results of the audit, which is the first annual external look into how parishes are complying with the policy. Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge announced the independent audits last year ... Read More »

Family working with neuroscience director of Catholic hospital considering medical cannabis to treat daughter’s “diabolical” chronic epilepsy

Family hopes cannabis will save daugther

LAURA Massie is a young Brisbane woman who has endured chronic epilepsy since she was a baby.  Now her family is preparing for the legalisation of medicinal cannabis in Queensland from next March, with a mixture of caution and hope that finally some relief may come. A lot of attention has been focused on using medicinal cannabis to treat epilepsy, ... Read More »

Seminary turns 75: Former seminarians return to their alma mater for anniversary celebrations

Fr Anthony Mellor as a seminarian

ON November 3, the bishops and priests of Queensland went to Banyo to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Holy Spirit Provincial Seminary. Many priests, spanning several generations, some now retired, recalled fond memories of their years of formation at the seminary. Mass was celebrated in the former seminary chapel at the Australian Catholic University campus now called Holy Spirit Chapel. ... Read More »

Queensland’s same-sex adoption laws denies child the right to a mother and father, opponents say

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NEW Queensland legislation allowing same-sex couples to adopt, denies the rights of the child, according to opponents including Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge. “It represents another attempt to say there is no difference between heterosexual marriage and same-sex partnerships or marriage, and raises all sorts of questions about the rights of the child,” Archbishop Coleridge said. “The fundamental problem is that ... Read More »

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