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Brisbane priest witnesses the Church and people of Iraq rebuilding after ISIS devastated their country

BRISBANE priest Fr Gerry Hefferan has visited some of the towns devastated by ISIS in the Nineveh Plains of northern Iraq and been struck by the “incredible resilience” of families rebuilding their lives there. “I remember the courage and perseverance of returning families and their hospitality,” Fr Hefferan told parishioners at the Parish of St Joseph and St Anthony, Bracken ... Read More »

Queensland abortion legislation is ‘a horrible law, a total disregard for innocent human life’

  BRISBANE Archbishop Mark Coleridge has questioned the integrity of the “so-called ‘conscience’ vote” when the Queensland Parliament voted to decriminalise abortion in a late-night extended session. The bill, which passed Queensland Parliament by 50 votes to 41 on October 17, allows for abortions up to 22 weeks, and beyond 22 weeks with the approval of a second doctor. These ... Read More »

Responding to God’s gentle voice, Sr Teresa makes her first profession as a Verbum Dei Missionary

WITH conviction her life belongs to God, Teresa Gasparin embraced her profession of temporal (or first) vows as a Verbum Dei Missionary Sister on August 4 at the Isle of Wight, England. The Catholic Leader traced the former Stanthorpe parishioner’s journey towards formal discernment just over two years ago, as she farewelled close family and a supportive parish community, to ... Read More »

MP physician voting No: ‘The issue of abortion is personally distressing … deeply confronting’

PRO-life advocates gathered outside Queensland Parliament House last weekend for one final protest against the Palaszczuk Labor Government’s abortion bill, which was to be voted on in parliament this week. A conscience vote would determine whether or not women could terminate their pregnancies up to 22 weeks, and until birth with the permission of two doctors. Member for Moggill Dr ... Read More »

Country parish damaged as super-cell thunderstorms rip through South Burnett region

“JUST awful” was the way Fr Chukwudi Chinaka described the scene as he drove around his country parish inspecting the damage left by wild storms on October 11. Super-cell thunderstorms ripped through the South Burnett on that Thursday afternoon leaving a path of destruction as they moved through towards the coast. Fr Chinaka, administrator of the Kingaroy and Nanango parishes, ... Read More »

Brisbane man German Silva giving thanks to God for the gift of his friend St Oscar Romero

“A DREAM fulfilled” was how Brisbane’s German Silva described the canonisation of his friend and spiritual father St Oscar Romero last Sunday in St Peter’s Square, Rome. The Sunnybank parishioner expressed intense emotion and connectedness to his Salvadoran hometown, its people and their irreplaceable spiritual leader. Mr Silva was among an estimated 70,000 people in Rome to witness the historic ... Read More »

Brisbane Deacon Gary Stone wants married men to help with ministerial shortages

A BRISBANE deacon has called for the Church to consider ending its centuries-old tradition of not allowing married men to become priests. Deacon Gary Stone, a chaplain to the ex-service community, married for 47 years and with four children, says there are simply not enough priests to celebrate the sacraments, and it is time to return to an earlier Church ... Read More »

Brisbane community offers thanksgiving for 100 years of Columban Fathers’ evangelisation

THE Columban Fathers’ mission of spreading the Gospel message across the world has been honoured at a Mass to celebrate the order’s centenary. The Mass of Thanksgiving at Brisbane’s St Stephen’s Cathedral last Sunday celebrated the Missionary Society of St Columban evangelising the world. Among the concelebrating priests were five Columbans – Fr Noel Connolly, Fr Gary Walker, Fr Warren ... Read More »

Retired Brisbane priest Fr Peter Luton honoured to meet Pope Francis in Rome

RETIRED Brisbane priest Fr Peter Luton has described meeting Pope Francis as a wonderful experience and a great honour. Fr Luton was presented to Pope Francis in St Peter’s Square during a visit to Rome last month. “People were cheering and yelling and I couldn’t hear what he (Pope Francis) was saying. He held my hand …  a wonderful experience,” ... Read More »

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