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Nominations open for new Australian Catholic awards

CATHOLICS who have displayed exemplary leadership and dedication in the community have the chance to be honoured with a new award this November. The Community Leader Awards recognises professionals, youth, school leaders, volunteers and parishioners who, inspired by their Catholic faith, have made a significant difference to Australian culture. Catholics living in Australia are invited to nominate themselves or another ... Read More »

Forum boosts evangelisation effort

By Emilie Ng CHRISTIAN leaders at this year’s John Paul II Australian Leaders Forum were given a boost of support in their efforts to evangelise Australian culture. The forum, now in its second year, attracted top corporate business leaders, religious leaders, politicians, and employees from various Australian dioceses including large numbers from the Brisbane archdiocese. American university law professor and ... Read More »

Faith-filled leaders thanked for dedication

TWO remarkable Catholic leaders have been praised for their compassion, wisdom and kindness. Cardinal Edward Clancy and Bishop Edmund (Ted) Collins have been remembered after their deaths with affection and love by friends, family and colleagues. Cardinal Edward Clancy of Sydney was laid to rest after a Mass of Christian burial at St Mary’s Cathedral on August 9. Cardinal Clancy, ... Read More »

MH17 victims remembered

MELBOURNE Archbishop Denis Hart shared words of consolation and hope to grieving family members at a National Memorial Service for the victims of flight MH17 in St Patrick’s Cathedral, Melbourne on August 7. “Our hearts go out to the family members of those who have died – we assure them of our love and support at this special moment,” Archbishop ... Read More »

Family’s story to help others

By Paul Dobbyn BRUCE and Denise Morcombe are adamant the recently launched book on their son Daniel’s too-short life and tragic death is “definitely not a crime novel”. Speaking from the Daniel Morcombe Foundation office at Woombye’s Big Pineapple complex, Bruce said “the terrible crime which took Daniel’s life is definitely an ingredient – it’s obviously been our journey for the ... Read More »

Cardinal Clancy resting in peace

By Paul Dobbyn FORMER Archbishop of Sydney Cardinal Edward Clancy, who died aged 90, has been described by long-time friend Cardinal Edward Cassidy as a “great pastor”. “Sydney archdiocese was blessed to have had him in these not-so-easy years,” Cardinal Cassidy said. Cardinal Clancy, the city’s seventh archbishop and predecessor to Cardinal George Pell, died early Sunday, August 3 at ... Read More »

Christian Brothers reach out to the poor in the Philippines

By Paul Dobbyn THE Christian Brothers have expanded their empowerment of disadvantaged youth in the Philippines with the opening of an Edmund Rice Centre in Kabankalan diocese. The centre, recently opened by the diocese’s Bishop Patricio Buzon, includes three classrooms, office space for wider ministry operations and food provision services to the most needy of children. Christian Brothers Oceania Province ... Read More »

Support for asylum seekers builds


By Paul Dobbyn A “GROUNDSWELL of public concern” about Australia’s treatment of asylum seekers has been discerned by three Brisbane Catholics involved in raising awareness about the issue. The three activists – community engagement co-ordinator at Mercy Community Services’ Romero Centre Rebecca Lim; centre volunteer and teacher at Lourdes Hill College Steve Jorgensen; and community forum organiser Brendan Scarce – ... Read More »

Hopes rise that Nitschke suspension opens eyes

By Paul Dobbyn ANTI-euthanasia activist Paul Russell hopes the suspension of Dr Philip Nitschke from practising medicine may lead to greater public awareness of the pitfalls in allowing euthanasia to be legalised in Australia. Brisbane archdiocese’s Queensland Bioethics Centre director Dr Ray Campbell shared Mr Russell’s opinion. “In a sense, Dr Nitschke is a good example of why it is ... Read More »

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