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Seeking the lost sheep

By Emilie Ng SYDNEY’S newest archbishop has begun his appointment by inviting the lost sheep to return home and give the Church “another chance”. Archbishop Anthony Fisher, in a recent column in The Sunday Telegraph, asked lapsed Catholics to “help us to become a better Church”. “To those who have become disconnected from the Church in recent years I say: ... Read More »

Broken Bay’s new bishop announced

Auxiliary Bishop Peter Andrew Comensoli

SYDNEY Auxiliary Bishop Peter Comensoli has been appointed the third Bishop of Broken Bay diocese in New South Wales. Pope Francis announced Bishop Comensoli as Broken Bay’s newest Bishop on November 20 in a private phone call. Bishop Comensoli, 50, said he was “delighted but humbled” to take up his new pastoral service in Broken Bay, which has been vacant since Bishop David ... Read More »

Catholic leaders win national awards

St Mary's College Kingaroy staff Pam Radcliffe and Michael Nayler

BRISBANE celebrated the best in Catholic leadership at The Catholic Leader’s first national awards ceremony, The Community Leader Awards 2014. More than 200 people including Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge, archdiocesan priests, parishioners and corporate leaders attended the inaugural event in the St Stephen’s Cathedral precinct on November 19. Nominees for the 2014 School Leader of the Year, Young Leader of ... Read More »

Pro-lifer speaks out over Tasmanian protest laws

By Paul Dobbyn BRISBANE pro-life activist Graham Preston has described Tasmania’s anti-abortion protest laws as “just another indication of the creeping authoritarianism of the state”. Mr Preston was charged in March under Tasmania’s Reproductive Health Act for protesting outside two Hobart abortion clinics. In September, police prosecutors dropped the charges against Mr Preston saying, after reviewing the act, they did ... Read More »

Iona rector to become auxiliary bishop in Melbourne

Fr Mark Edwards OMI

RECTOR of Brisbane’s Iona College Oblate Father Mark Edwards has been appointed an auxiliary bishop for Melbourne archdiocese. Pope Francis announced the appointment at noon today Rome time (9pm Queensland time). The Pope also announced the appointment of Monsignor Terence Curtin as another auxiliary bishop for Melbourne. The appointments fill positions that had been vacant in Melbourne archdiocese. Bishop-elect Edwards, ... Read More »

Human rights champion Dr Nicholas Tonti-Filippini dies    

AUSTRALIA’S “great defender of human life” Dr Nicholas Tonti-Filippini died in Melbourne on November 7, aged 58, after a lengthy battle with a chronic auto-immune disease.
 Dr Tonti-Filippini was surrounded by his devoted wife Mary Tonti-Filippini and family. His family said in an official statement made this afternoon that Dr Tonti-Filippini was “a valued brother and son, colleague, teacher, advisor and friend to ... Read More »

Leading Catholic teachers win state awards

Catholic teachers win

QUEENSLAND Catholic education’s “alpha and omega” were among those recognised as the state’s most inspiration teachers last week. St Joseph’s Nudgee College principal Daryl Hanly, who will be retiring in December after a 50-year career, and second-year teacher at St Ursula’s College, Toowoomba David Rawson were among five recipients of the Queensland College of Teachers’ Excellence in Teaching awards. Mr ... Read More »

Maronite patriarch visits

Marointe patriarch

FOR months Brisbane’s Maronite Catholic community has feared a planned visit by their Patriarch Cardinal Bechara Boutros Rai would not go ahead due to the volatile situation in the Middle East. Now the community of St Maroun’s at Greenslopes is eagerly awaiting their patriarch’s arrival, his first visit to Australia. Cardinal Rai, who is also Archbishop of Antioch and the ... Read More »

Marriage all about children


By Emilie Ng CHRISTIANS supporting natural marriage have called Federal opposition leader Bill Shorten’s statements supporting same-sex marriage at a recent Christian conference as a “weak” media stunt. Mr Shorten, (pictured) a Catholic who attended a Jesuit school in Melbourne, told attendees at the Australian Christian Lobby national conference in Canberra on October 25 that he was a Christian and ... Read More »

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