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Evangelisation – what’s Jesus got to do with it?

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AT the end of the Second Vatican Council, Pope Paul VI entrusted the newly “rejuvenated” Church to one specific group of Catholics. It was for young people, the Pope said, that the Church was being re-examined “to respond better to the design of her Founder”. So, after four rigorous years, the Church was entrusting young people to “build a better ... Read More »

Natasha Stott Despoja says domestic violence against women during COVID-19 is ‘the shadow pandemic’

WHEN Natasha Stott Despoja wrote a book last year about family violence, she described it as “a national emergency”. Now she has spoke out again about “the body count, the slaughter in our suburbs” – domestic violence that destroys too many Australian households, fractures entire communities, and has spiked during COVID-19. “I described it as a national emergency and it ... Read More »

Brisbane joins season of caring for creation

INTERNATIONAL speakers will explore pressing questions of faith, spirituality and caring for creation during an online series being presented in Brisbane during September. Archbishop Peter Loy Chong of Suva, Fiji, and United States theologian Franciscan Father Daniel Horan will be among those heading the line-up of speakers for a four-part series of one-hour online events. Brisbane archdiocese is hosting the ... Read More »

Meet the new Australian ambassador to the Holy See, Chiara Porro

AUSTRALIA’S new resident ambassador to the Holy See Chiara Porro says she hopes to be a voice for the Pacific region in Rome. “The Pacific is our neighbourhood, our family, and Australia is leading efforts to address our region’s key challenges, including on health security and climate change,” Ms Porro said in a message on the website of the Australian ... Read More »

New governance report addresses Church culture that allowed abuse to occur

CULTURAL practices within the Church that have “nurtured” the abuse of children and other vulnerable people are under review in a new report into the governance of parishes and dioceses in Australia. The 208-page report released on August 21, titled The Light from the Southern Cross: Promoting Co-Responsible Governance in the Catholic Church in Australia, includes 86 recommendations for Church ... Read More »

Brisbane youth group a walking blessing for COVID-hit poor in India

YOUNG Catholics from the Kingston-Marsden parish are walking on air after raising more than $7000 for some of India’s most vulnerable citizens by trekking through the Logan suburbs. Members of the Maxmilian Kolbe parish youth group set a challenge to raise money for two organisations run by Catholic religious congregations in India by each walking 50km over 21 days. The ... Read More »

‘I’m literally repairing a building’ – Franciscan following St Francis in saving leaning church

AS Fr Stephen Bliss stands at the altar rail of heritage-listed St Brigid’s in Rosewood, he can appreciate his calling as a Franciscan friar is restoration. “St Francis said to repair the Church, I’m literally repairing a building,” Fr Bliss said. Built 110 years ago, the ornate weatherboard church holds pride of place in the centre of Rosewood, but has ... Read More »

New measures are helping protect people and adjust to unprecedented changes

AS one of Queensland’s largest service providers to people with a disability, Centacare welcomes the increased focus on the wellbeing of people with a disability reflected in the latest measures announced by the Queensland Government to contain the COVID-19 outbreak. For the first time, people with a disability have been explicitly included in measures announced on August 22, along with ... Read More »

Archdiocese answering a hunger for spiritual direction with new web page

BRISBANE archdiocese has launched a new web page for people searching for spiritual direction. Recently added to the archdiocese’s website, it’s a response to public demand. Former vicar for religious Josephite Sister Moya Campbell was receiving so many calls from people seeking the names of spiritual directors in the archdiocese that she decided it was time to compile an up-to-date ... Read More »

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