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Fr Tony Casey remembered as a gentle pastor

FORMER Coffs Harbour parish priest Fr Anthony John Casey, who died at the age of 90, was remembered as a gentle pastor and diligent worker at a Requiem Mass held at St Augustine’s Church.  Fr Casey died on January 8 in Ballina. Lismore Bishop Gregory Homeming and many priests of the diocese concelebrated the Mass on January 16.  In his ... Read More »

Papua New Guinea Catholics calling for international aid to build church in the western highlands

A NEW parish of largely subsistence farmers in the Papua New Guinea western highlands is seeking international help to build a church of cathedral proportions. The 10,000 Catholics who live in the mountainous Sinsipai Sacred Heart parish congregate in a church made of corrugated iron sheeting. Their grand design is to build a massive house of worship set against the ... Read More »

Former royal commissioner Susan Pascoe to lead new church disaster response council

SUSAN Pascoe has been named chair of the new Catholic Emergency Relief Australia Advisory Council that will co-ordinate the Church’s ongoing response to the bushfire crisis and future national emergencies. Ms Pascoe’s appointment adds to her long list of contributions to public life that includes serving as a 2009 Victorian Bushfires Royal Commissioner and as the inaugural Australian Charities and ... Read More »

Emmanuel Community moves Sunday masses to drop-in centre and it already ‘feels like home’

“YOU shouldn’t be surprised when God answers your prayers but for some reason … you still are surprised,” Emmanuel Community moderator Patrick Keady said, reflecting on the first three weeks of the community’s relocation of Sundays from Bardon to South Brisbane. Mr Keady and the Emmanuel Community leadership team had taken a risk repositioning their core ministry to the site ... Read More »

Chaplain to veterans hopes new initiative will help stop veteran suicide

CATHOLICS leading the battle against veteran suicide have welcomed the appointment of an independent commissioner to investigate deaths and make recommendations on metal health and wellbeing. Deacon Gary Stone, the man known as the Veteran’s padre, “hopes and prays” a new government initiative will combat veteran suicide, and benefit the wider community. “Every suicide seriously impacts families and friends who ... Read More »

Ethicist hoping workshop in Rome will pave a theological response to abuse crisis

A LEADING Australian ethicist believes the Church has a long way to go in resolving the child sexual abuse crisis – and he’s hoping a high-level workshop in Rome will strengthen a theological approach to the issue. “We’re only on the cusp of responding to this crisis,” Dr Dan Fleming, a moral theologian working for St Vincent’s Health Australia, said.  ... Read More »

Social justice chief Peter Arndt to climb Tanzania’s Mount Kilimanjaro for guide dogs

BRISBANE social justice advocate Peter Arndt likes a challenge – and he’s expecting 2020 will push him to new heights. As a blind person, Mr Arndt has signed up to climb Tanzania’s Mount Kilimanjaro, the world’s tallest free-standing mountain, to raise money for Guide Dogs Queensland. “I will have to train very hard,” the Catholic Justice and Peace Commission executive ... Read More »

Townsville bishop supporting freed Bali Nine member’s plea to shorten sentences

TOWNSVILLE Bishop Tim Harris expressed his support for Bali Nine member Renae Lawrence as she pleaded for reduced and determinant sentences for her fellow drug smugglers. Ms Lawrence, the only female member of the Bali Nine, was released last year after 13 years in various prisons for her role in the foiled drug-smuggling operation in Indonesia in 2005. Until now, ... Read More »

Man charged with alleged arson of Bundaberg Catholic church

A FIRE has gutted the 68-year-old St Mary’s Church, Bundaberg, on Barolin Street in the early hours of Tuesday, February 11.  Six fire crews attended the blaze about 4am. Police have charged a man following the alleged arson of a church in Bundaberg. The church, which was unoccupied at the time, was completely destroyed by the blaze. A 42-year-old Bundaberg ... Read More »

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