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Biden quotes priest’s hymn ‘On Eagle’s Wings’ in victory speech

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Father Michael Joncas was watching President-elect Joe Biden’s victory speech Nov. 7, but not even he was expecting Biden to quote from his well-known hymn “On Eagle’s Wings.” Biden gave an fairly lengthy introduction to the hymn in his remarks. “In the last days of the campaign, I began thinking about a hymn that means a lot ... Read More »

Martin Eden

NEW YORK (CNS) — “The more he studied, the more vistas he caught of fields of knowledge yet unexplored, and the regret that days were only twenty-four hours long became a chronic complaint with him.” So wrote Jack London of the eponymous working-class hero of his 1909 novel “Martin Eden,” the story of one man’s desperate attempt to better himself ... Read More »

Alex Trebek dies at 80; host of ‘Jeopardy!’ was educated in Catholic schools

By Carol Zimmermann WASHINGTON (CNS) — When the death of Alex Trebek — beloved longtime host of “Jeopardy!” — was announced, celebrities and fans around the country took to social media to express their grief. Many did this in the form of a question, paying tribute to the format of the game show Trebek hosted for 36 years. Trebek, a ... Read More »

Brisbane deacon given rare honour for chaplain service

DEACON Peter Devenish-Meares has received a rare official honour for his chaplaincy work as an Officer in the Venerable Order of St John. Only three months ago, Deacon Devenish-Meares was appointed chairman of the board for St John Ambulance Queensland, after serving on the board since 2018. He is also Mission Australia’s chaplain for Queensland and the Northern Territory, has ... Read More »

Northside parish open for prayer 24/7

A BRISBANE parish is now open for prayer 24 hours a day, inviting people wherever they are to light a candle any time of the day or night. The Parish of St Joseph and St Anthony in Bracken Ridge launched its Light-A-Candle initiative at last weekend’s Masses. It’s an online prayer space where anyone can enter, virtually “light” a candle ... Read More »

Brisbane dad walks 24 hours straight to fundraise for Vinnies

DAVID Vidler laced up his shoes, put on his cap and trekked 24 hours straight to raise much-needed funds for his local St Vincent de Paul Society conference last weekend. Mr Vidler, an Ashgrove parishioner, walked more than 100km from 9.30am Saturday to 9.30am Sunday, raising $5121 for his local St Finbarr’s Vinnies conference. He crossed the finish line right ... Read More »

Hailstones batter Rosewood church but patron saint’s stained-glass panel remains untouched

HAILSTONES shattered dozens of windows on the western-face of heritage-listed St Brigid’s Church, Rosewood, as storm cells surged across south-east Queensland last weekend. Franciscan Father Stephen Bliss arrived at the church after the first storm struck on Saturday afternoon to find about 40 windows damaged. That’s when the second storm hit. He said the second storm shook and rattled the ... Read More »

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