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Stanthorpe community remembers young girl killed in farming accident

Sophie Gasparin

JOHN Gasparin has an old pair of work boots that are hard to part with.  His eldest daughter Sophie would use them to “slip outside to the animals”.  Genevieve, 9, said her elder sister’s morning routine included “feeding the guinea pigs, dogs and cats” on their property in Stanthorpe, on the Granite Belt in Toowoomba diocese. Tiffany, 5, remembered her ... Read More »

No back to school blues for the Yates’

Back to school

IT’S January – that time of year when the focus turns to all things school-related – new school shoes, clean uniforms and making lunches, perhaps even some nerves. For Year 2 student Nathaniel Yates from St Agnes Primary School in Mount Gravatt, the start of the school year is a bit more exciting with younger brother Joseph starting Prep. “Joseph ... Read More »

World famous ballerina knew she would turn 100

Elsie Seguss

BALLET superstar Elsie Seguss has always known she’d live to see her 100th birthday. When the candles came out on a decadent chocolate cake on Friday, January 22, she was barely surprised. “What I want to do, I usually do,” Miss Seguss said. “I don’t give in to things much.” As well as the desire to live as long as ... Read More »

International Eucharistic Congress: Widespread malnutrition and starvation “mass genocide”

Hungry children in Syria

POPE Francis’ representative to the 51st International Eucharistic Congress called the widespread malnutrition and starvation in the world a “mass genocide”. Cardinal Charles Bo of Yangon, Myanmar, was speaking last Sunday at the opening Mass of the event in Cebu, Philippines. “This calls for a commitment to a world of justice,” Cardinal Bo said.  “The Eucharist calls for a third world war, ... Read More »

Meet the 35 Catholics honoured on Australia Day

THIRTY-FIVE Catholic lay and religious and clergy have been honoured on Australia Day, including bioethics legend, the late Professor Nicholas Tonti-Filippini, who has been appointed an officer of the Order of Australia. The esteemed group of inspirational Catholics were among 604 Australians recognised for their contributions and service to fellow citizens in Australia and internationally. They join more than 40,000 women ... Read More »

French Revolution gave way to Missionary Oblates

Australian Oblates

FRANCE’S saving grace after the French Revolution came directly from a young Catholic priest with a heart to save the souls of the poor and forgotten. St Eugene de Mazenod, a man born into wealth and nobility, felt called to renew the Church and work with the poor in France, founding the Congregation of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate. ... Read More »

Marist brothers to be ministers at the margins

Marist brothers

MARIST Brothers of Australia, Melanesia and the Pacific are heeding a call for their ministry to spread to people on the margins of society. It’s a response that will move Brothers into new areas of ministry outside their traditional school roles. Almost 50 Brothers from the Australian province, and Melanesian and Pacific districts attended a gathering at Marist College Ashgrove, ... Read More »

Hindu-born refugee’s final wish before dying: ‘I want to be a Catholic’

Becoming a Catholic

POPE Francis in a new book says “we touch the flesh of Christ” in those who suffer, and Dominican Father Pan Jordan believes he has had that experience through one of Brisbane’s newest Catholics. “We are called to serve Christ the crucified through every marginalised person,” the Pope said in the book The Name of God is Mercy. “We touch ... Read More »

Young graduate makes radical trip for unborn children

Benedict Slee

COLLEGE graduate Benedict Slee has set aside graduate job-hunting to trek down Australia’s east coast with the hope to save unborn babies from abortion mills. The country Victorian has joined 10 young people on a 1500km pro-life walk from Brisbane to Melbourne, bearing with them a “counter-cultural” message against abortion. “Participating in the walk then would have to be one ... Read More »

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