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Brisbane archdiocese is going digital

Archbishop Mark Coleridge of Brisbane checks out the new app with vicar general Monsignor Peter Meneely and St Stephen's Cathedral associate pastor Fr Anthony Ekpo.

CATHOLICS will now have greater access to Brisbane archdiocesan news, liturgies and special events thanks to a new app, increased webcasting and the extension of The Catholic Leader in flipbook edition. These products and services are small but tangible signs carrying the vision of Blessed John Paul II, who said any new evangelisation must be “new in ardour, method and ... Read More »

Picking up the pieces

Rebuilding: An altar server lifts up a broken crucifix as he and others clear debris from the sanctuary of the partially destroyed Metropolitan Cathedral in Palo, the Phillippines, on November 15 in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan.

BRISBANE Filipino chaplain Fr Marce Singson left “with a heavy heart” for typhoon-devastated Ormoc City where his 11 siblings and 73 nephews and nieces are battling to cope with the aftermath of super Typhoon Haiyan. Fr Singson flew out from Brisbane on Sunday, November 17. “I will head directly to Ormoc City – next to Tacloban City, the hardest hit ... Read More »

Fr Mac’s ‘originals’ bowing out

Fr Mac’s ‘originals’ bowing out

WHEN Fr Darcy McCarthy, the ailing founder of Father Mac’s Heavenly Puddings was saying his last goodbyes to volunteers, Molly Geoghegan and Pat Bulmer, 25 years ago, he had one final request. He asked the sisters to ensure they help keep the pudding factory going. The volunteers have kept their promise to Fr McCarthy, together accruing more than 40 years ... Read More »

Pope Francis surely God’s choice

US Cardinal Edwin O’Brien visited Brisbane last week, and journalist Emilie Ng covered his brief trip.   POPE Francis’ election as Pope was “God’s choice”, US Cardinal Edwin O’Brien said during his visit to Brisbane last week. Cardinal O’Brien shared several stories of Pope Francis and his approach as the Successor of St Peter with various Catholic groups at a ... Read More »

Pope Francis reaches out in love

Pope Francis reaches out in love

SAYING, “don’t worry, we aren’t taking up a collection,” Pope Francis asked people at his weekly general audience to perform an act of charity by praying for a seriously ill 18-month-old girl named Noemi. Being part of the Church meant sharing “spiritual goods – the sacraments, charisms and charity” – including by helping someone or praying for those in need, ... Read More »

Attitudes to adoption key to abortion battle

By Emilie Ng ABORTION will end when the attitude towards adoption changes, guest speak-er Dr Joanna Howe said at the Cherish Life Queensland fundraising dinner on November 8. Dr Howe, 30, is a law lecturer at the Uni-versity of Adelaide, and a former NSW Rhodes Scholar. In her address, Dr Howe said there were three motivations for reforming adoption laws ... Read More »

Laity helping women thinking of abortion

Laity helping women thinking of abortion

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina: Three years ago, Aida Miranda found herself alone and pregnant in the Argentine capital. The young Paraguayan Catholic woman was so desperate that she began to consider abortion, which is illegal in Argentina. “I felt a heavy moral burden, how could this have happened to me, I had a religious formation,” Miranda, now 29, who once considered ... Read More »

Schoolies in safe hands

By Paul Dobbyn ROSIES is experiencing a mix of familiar and new as it gears up for its annual presence at Schoolies Week on the Gold Coast and a change of leadership takes place. New general manager Troy Bailey, a self-described “passionate Rosies volunteer”, will be working alongside other volunteers at Schoolies Week which started on November 16. The 47-year-old ... Read More »

Love and community at heart of Booval

By Emilie Ng LOVE and community is at the core of Booval’s Sacred Heart primary school’s new facility – the Amare Centre. The centre’s name is taken from the school’s motto, “Amare est Servire” – “to love is to serve”. Members of the school and parish community agreed the centre should be named in honour of the love shown by ... Read More »

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