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Three brothers, a van and the Truth take to the road

“I HAVE learned that I have a deep fondness for the road,” Dominican Brother Reginald Chua said towards the end of a road trip from his Melbourne priory around the western half of Australia.  “There was something almost ethereal about driving along the Nullarbor, in the moments when my brothers were sleeping and there was nothing but silence, the endless flat road, ... Read More »

Unborn baby boy in crisis pregnancy safe house could share Jesus’ birthday

BABY Jesus could share a birthday with a boy whose life was saved by a crisis pregnancy safe house in Brisbane. Pregnancy Crisis, a volunteer-run organisation that provides crisis accommodation for women with unplanned or unexpected pregnancies, is expecting the birth of a baby boy on Christmas Eve. The precious little life will bring the number of babies born under ... Read More »

Pope lifts secrecy obligation for those who report having been abused

POPE Francis has abolished the obligation of secrecy for those who report having been sexually abused by a priest and for those who testify in a church trial or process having to do with clerical sexual abuse. ìThe person who files the report, the person who alleges to have been harmed and the witnesses shall not be bound by any ... Read More »

Cairns Bishop James Foley to retire after 27 years of faith leadership

CAIRNS Bishop James Foley is to step down due to ailing health after 27 years, and is expected to cease duties early next year. “I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s (disease) earlier this year … and I submitted my resignation,” 71-year-old Bishop Foley told The Catholic Leader. One of Australia’s longest-serving current bishops, Bishop Foley has written a letter to Cairns ... Read More »

Audits show safeguarding policies being followed across Brisbane archdiocese

BRISBANE archdiocese has received a high rating – but still with room for improvement – in a landmark report on its safeguarding arrangements. The report is the first conducted in an Australian archdiocese by Catholic Professional Standards Limited, set up by the Church leadership in response to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. The National Catholic ... Read More »

Catholic professionals celebrate God with us

IT was a who’s who of Brisbane Catholic leadership with business professionals and ministry leaders celebrating the coming of Advent at the Assembly of Catholic Professionals Christmas party at Customs House on December 4. Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge offered some brief remarks and wished everyone a happy and holy Christmas. “On behalf of so many people, as I look around ... Read More »

Sandgate Brighton parish gives thanks for blessings and hails Christ the King

CATHOLICS from the breezy Sandgate Brighton community take the Greek translation of the word “eucharist” quite literally every year. “Eucharist”, which derives from the Greek word “eucharistia”, means “thanksgiving”, and once a year, Catholics from Sandgate Brighton Catholic parish make a point of thanking God for their blessings at the end of each liturgical year. To close out 2019, the ... Read More »

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