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Refugee says his family are ‘the lucky ones’

Vietnamese refugee family

By Peter Bugden KHAI Nguyen’s eldest daughter Nhi is the same age he was when he hopped on a refugee boat for the dangerous ride to freedom – only 15. He cannot imagine that for her. “That’s why sometimes I do explain it to them (Nhi and her sister Mimi, 12, and brother Phong, nine), that that’s where we come ... Read More »

Making change happen for Earth’s sake

greenhouse gas emissions

By Peter Bugden BRISBANE’S Catholic Justice and Peace Commission is doing its best to play some small part in influencing what happens at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris at the end of the year. Commission executive officer Peter Arndt said the organisation was working with the Queensland Conservation Council and the Australian Conservation Federation to muster public opinion ... Read More »

‘Angels’ bring Carmelite Sister and her brother together for rare meeting

By Emilie Ng MARCO Ostini has waited seven years to hug his sister without the inconvenience of steel bars. The Brisbane Catholic was running late to his Banyo Nundah parish morning Mass when he opted for the midday Mass at St Stephen’s Cathedral. The last-minute decision reunited with him his sister, a Carmelite cloistered nun, whom he has not seen ... Read More »

Marriage important to sisters

By Emilie Ng BEING called bigots hasn’t stopped three Brisbane women religious from campaigning against moves to legalise same-sex marriage. Verbum Dei consecrated missionary sisters have written letters to all members of parliament in the Liberal, Labor and Greens parties, and independents, warning about the consequences of changing the Marriage Act. Verbum Dei Sister Frances Drum, who is also a ... Read More »

Say no to racism

    By Peter Bugden BISHOP Christopher Saunders is urging the “silent majority” to fight racism from their lounge rooms. Bishop Saunders, whose Diocese of Broome in Western Australia has a high indigenous population and who was appalled by recent racist treatment of Sydney Swans AFL star Adam Goodes by “football yobbos” and “a vocal minority” – has made the ... Read More »

Bishops hone preparation for Synod on the Family

Archbishop Mark Coleridge

BRISBANE Archbishop Mark Coleridge met with Darwin Bishop Eugene Hurley and New Zealand’s Bishop Charles Drennan during the week to hone their preparations for the Synod on the Family. They were to have met in Darwin from Monday to Thursday to consider the Synod on the Family to be held in Rome in October. Archbishop Coleridge and Bishop Hurley are ... Read More »

Large crowd gathers for Fr Gregory Jordan’s funeral

Vale: Jesuit Father Gregory Jordan

By Emilie Ng TOOWONG’S Catholic church pews couldn’t contain the hundreds who gathered to pay tribute to “energetic” Jesuit Father Gregory Jordan last week. Brisbane’s Jesuit community welcomed Fr Jordan’s extended biological family and his spiritual children for the moving funeral Mass on July 30 at St Ignatius Church, Toowong. Assistant to the provincial of the Jesuits in Australia Father ... Read More »

Archbishop calls asylum-seeker policy ‘a moral failure’

AUSTRALIA’S asylum-seeker policy is a moral failure and an international disgrace, Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge said on ABC TV’s Q&A on Monday night. The Archbishop was responding to an audience question about the Australian Labor Party’s decision at a national conference last weekend to match the Federal Government’s policy of turning back asylum-seeker boats. Archbishop Coleridge said the decision reflected ... Read More »

Right to believe

Moves to legalise same-sex marriage raise freedom concerns PROTECTION for religious freedom and freedom of conscience looms as a growing concern for Catholics as political pressure builds for legislative approval of same-sex marriage. Federal Opposition Leader Bill Shorten promised at the Australian Labor Party’s national conference last weekend that if he were to become Prime Minister his government, within 100 ... Read More »

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