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Pope Francis releases Amazon synod response, described as not just for Amazon but Australia too

POPE Francis’s highly anticipated Apostolic Exhortation  “Querida Amazonia” (Beloved Amazonia), released by the Vatican on February 12, has been described as a document “not just for a distant and alien part of the world, but has much to offer the Catholic Church in Australia”.  “The Amazon is remote from us but the issues are not,” Australian Catholic Bishops Conference president ... Read More »

Australian bishops seeking to calm coronavirus alarmism

PARISHES and dioceses taking precautions like refusing to offer Holy Communion from the chalice to combat the novel coronavirus outbreak in China were not called to do so. The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference issued a statement that said they had “not called for the suspension of any practices at Mass in response to novel coronavirus that appeared in China and ... Read More »

Relics of St Therese and Sts Louis and Zelie Martin bringing graces to Brisbane

THEIR hands pressed to the reliquary glass-casing and eyes shut in silent prayer, thousands of Brisbane Catholics took a few moments to pray with the relics of St Therese of Lisieux and her parents Sts Zelie and Louis Martin as they pilgrimaged around the archdiocese last week. It was the first time Sts Zelie’s and Louis’ relics had visited the ... Read More »

Western regions rejoice as rain falls on drought-stricken farming communities

RAIN has brought hope to some of the country’s hardest-hit farm communities. “It’s like a miracle. It is absolutely. Everyone is so happy,” St Mary’s Warwick parishioner Trish Seaby said after watching the Condamine River rise. “Within two days, up came the grass.  “It’s been absolutely life-changing, but we do need it to continue.” On Queensland’s Southern Downs the Condamine ... Read More »

Government offers more help for drought-stricken families with children in Catholic schools

Hard times

DROUGHT-affected families with children enrolled in Catholic schools will continue to receive Federal Government support with a further boost of $8.2 million announced last week. As the nation’s largest non-government education provider with 1746 schools, Catholic schools have been allocated a further $8.2 million on top of the initial $10 million in funding announced by the Government on November 7 ... Read More »

Proud grandmother waves off six grandchildren at Clairvaux MacKillop College

GEORGINA Edwards might need a larger car if she’s going to handle impromptu school pick-ups this term. The doting grandmother from St Bernard’s Church, Upper Mount Gravatt, waved off six grandchildren to the same school, Clairvaux MacKillop College, when Term 1 started last week. Her grandchildren are the second generation of two families, the Edwards and the Lendarduzzis, to go ... Read More »

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