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Amazonian rite and married priests pass vote in final Synod document

JESUS Christ is central, Peruvian professor and member of the Ashaninka people Delio Siticonatzi Camaiteri said at a press briefing at the Synod of Bishops for the Amazon on October 24. Professor Camaiteri was responding to a question about an Amazonian rite of the Catholic Church proposed at the synod. “Do we (want to) have our own rites? Yes, we ... Read More »

More than a beautiful game, soccer brings communities together

NELSON Kimaru is a soccer guru. He played it where he was born in Tanzania, where he was schooled in Kenya and where he now lives in Brisbane. In Kenya, he was selected for the national soccer competition. When he came to Brisbane, he was looking for a way to play again. Nelson signed up for Kicking Goals Together – ... Read More »

Fiji Archbishop Peter Loy Chong calls for ‘a synod on the ocean’

AN Oceania synod – it should be the next step for the Church, according to Archbishop Peter Loy Chong of Suva. “The Amazon and its forests are important, but we must not forget how significant the ocean is in the web of life,” Archbishop Loy Chong said, while attending the recent Synod on the Amazon in Rome. “Marine life is ... Read More »

St Patrick’s Laidley goes green for centenary

PAST and present were under one roof when eight local children received First Holy Communion at the centenary Mass of St Patrick’s Church, Laidley, on October 27. The eight children were some of the 23 children Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge confirmed in the parish on the previous Friday during his pastoral visit, which culminated in the centenary Mass. Gatton Laidley ... Read More »

Students make global connections at Catholic Mission liturgy

SNAGS, soccer and smiles – St Stephen’s Cathedral was packed with students and teachers from 14 schools across Brisbane archdiocese celebrating an Extraordinary Missionary Month liturgy. The annual celebration, which is held each year on the Wednesday following World Mission Sunday, coincided with the launch of Socktober, Catholic Mission’s school fundraising initiative. Cathedral associate pastor Fr Odinaka Nwadike, who celebrated ... Read More »

The Lights of Christmas set to illuminate St Stephen’s Cathedral again this year

HISTORIC St Stephen’s Cathedral will come alive again this Advent season, as the Lights of Christmas returns to Brisbane for its second year.  Tens of thousands gathered around the cathedral in 2018 to celebrate the joy of Christmas with the extraordinary sound and light show designed by AGB Events, the creators of The Lights of Christmas at St Mary’s Cathedral, ... Read More »

Townsville Catholics to welcome new priest tonight

TOWNSVILLE Deacon Emene Kelemete will be ordained at Ignatius Park College on October 31. In the lead-up to the ordination, Deacon Kelemete said his family life played a significant role in his path to priesthood. His family was something that encouraged him “to recognise the love of Christ in my life”, he said in a video on Townsville diocese’s Facebook ... Read More »

West End parishioners outraged at council plan to remove car parks across from church

St Francis' Church West End

INNER-city Brisbane parishioners are outraged at a council proposal to limit access to their historic West End church and community hall in favour of cyclists. “It’s very unfair. It’s come out of nowhere. Everybody is aghast,” St Francis of Assisi Church parishioner Marian Bhasin said. Dozens of daily church attendees – many elderly and disabled – will be inconvenienced by ... Read More »

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