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Brisbane’s award-winning Catholic newspaper turns 90 today

Various front covers of The Catholic Leader since 1929

THE Catholic Leader has covered the lives, events and opinions of generations of Brisbane Catholics and – with this 5581st edition – we commemorate 90 years since the inaugural publication on December 5, 1929. Pre-dated by Brisbane Catholic publication The Catholic Age, later The Age, first published in 1892, The Catholic Leader remains Australia’s longest-serving Catholic newspaper.  Brisbane Archbishop Mark ... Read More »

‘Alive with history’, St Stephen’s Cathedral marks 30 years since dedication after 1989 renovations

A MONOLITHIC Roman-style basilica founded and abandoned at Cathedral Place in Fortitude Valley was one reason it took more than 100 years to dedicate St Stephen’s Cathedral in Brisbane’s CBD. St Stephen’s was a cathedral that confounded expectations. Every visionary saw it differently – bigger or smaller or forgotten entirely – the similarity was that it was never originally meant to ... Read More »

This 93-year-old dynamo is still busy with God’s ‘housekeeping’

NINETY-three-year-old Dorothy Russell landed in hospital after a fall at home recently, and her parish felt the pain. With Dorothy laid up and the parish priest away, there was no-one to open the church for Mass on Saturday. That was the first sign of how much the Darra-Jindalee parish, in Brisbane’s west, relies on Dorothy. And it soon dawned on ... Read More »

Graduating Indigenous students told to ‘dream big’ and ‘keep achieving’

“DREAM big” and work hard to achieve your goals, this was the message 2019 Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Foundation graduates heard from much-loved patron Aunty Ruth Hegarty. “If you fall down, you get up and you continue to go on,” she told them. QATSIF secretariat director Michael Nayler said Aunty Ruth’s words reached the young people and challenged ... Read More »

How Fr Michel Remery breaks bread in a digital Jerusalem

DUTCH priest Fr Michel Remery is Tweeting the way to Jerusalem. Fr Remery, known for his book and app Tweeting with God, was at St Paul’s Book Centre in Brisbane last week launching his new book Online with the Saints and en route to the Australian Catholic Youth Festival in Perth. “I think it is important to overcome the image ... Read More »

Walking with Australia’s Indigenous requires listening with the heart

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By Br Damien Price WE all like to be heard. My years working with young people taught me that when young people are voiceless or powerless great damage is done to themselves and that often they “act out” their voicelessness and powerlessness in other ways.  Some go inward to depression and a loss of confidence, while others go outward in ... Read More »

Archdiocese stepping up to help eradicate slavery

MODERN slavery is, in the words of Pope Francis “an open wound on … contemporary society, a scourge upon the body of Christ. It is a crime against humanity.”  Phil Colley is a new face in co-ordinating the frontline fight to eradicate modern-day slavery. Brisbane archdiocese’s governance, risk and compliance officer, Mr Colley, has the important task of leading local ... Read More »

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