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Award nominations open

Recognition: 2014 Community Leader of the Year award winner Pam Radcliffe receiving her award from Catholic Church Insurance state manager Hugh Easton.

By Emilie Ng NOMINATIONS are open for The Catholic Leader’s 2015 Community Leader Awards showcasing excellence in Catholic leadership in schools, parishes and ministries. The annual national award allows Catholics to nominate themselves or another Catholic who has worked tirelessly for the Church and the wider community. Winner of the 2014 Community Leader of the Year award, St Mary’s Catholic ... Read More »

Helping marriages grow

Spiritual team: Madonna and Luke McLindon, pictured with their children Edward and Clare, believe retreat getaways have improved the spiritual life in their marriage.

By Emilie Ng BOOKING a couples’ retreat is Luke and Madonna McLindon’s secret to a peaceful and faithful marriage. The Brisbane Catholic parents to seven children said retreat getaways were “like fertiliser” to the spiritual life in their marriage. “All living things need sustenance, and if marriage were likened to a plant, it’s one thing to keep a plant alive, ... Read More »

What to do? The pope’s practical tips for helping the environment

POPE Francis’ encyclical “Laudato Si’, on Care for Our Common Home” is a call for global action as well as an appeal for deep inner conversion. He points to numerous ways world organisations, nations and communities must move forward and the way individuals – believers and people of good will – should see, think, feel and act. Here are some ... Read More »

All creation sings God’s praise, but people are silencing it, pope says

THE earth, which was created to support life and give praise to God, is crying out with pain because human activity is destroying it, Pope Francis says in his long-awaited encyclical, “Laudato Si’, on Care for Our Common Home.” All who believe in God and all people of good will have an obligation to take steps to mitigate climate change, ... Read More »

Read encyclical on care for creation with ‘open heart,’ pope asks world

APPEALING to the entire world, Pope Francis urged everyone to read his upcoming encyclical on the care of creation and to better protect a damaged earth. “This common ‘home’ is being ruined and that harms everyone, especially the poorest,” he said on June 17, the day before the Vatican was releasing his encyclical letter, “Laudato Si’, on Care for Our ... Read More »

Following JPII’s footsteps

Poland pilgrimage: World Youth Day 2016 Brisbane liaison Zach Woodward invites pilgrims to come with him to Krakow next year.

SAINT John Paul II will be at the heart of Brisbane’s World Youth Day pilgrimage to Krakow that will be officially launched this week. WYD 2016 Brisbane liaison Zach Woodward said pilgrims would walk the footsteps of St  John Paul II, the WYD founder, to experience the week’s theme, Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. Mr ... Read More »

Companies warned against marriage redefinition push

wedding rings

By Paul Dobbyn COMPANIES funding advertisements in support of same-sex marriage have been challenged to also fund a newspaper advertisement supporting the equal right of a child to a mother and father. Australian Marriage Forum president, Toowoomba general practitioner Dr David van Gend, made the call in his Letter to CEOs and Directors: On your support for same-sex marriage. The letter ... Read More »

Peace prayers

THE Dalai Lama’s historic appearance in Brisbane’s St Stephen’s Cathedral will be remembered for his unassuming humanity and passionate advocacy of world peace. Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge welcomed the 79-year-old spiritual leader. “I greet you not as a stranger to this city or to this cathedral but beyond all the politics and all the protests, I welcome you as a ... Read More »

Bon voyage Tamara

Farewell: Members of the Nerang parish will pray for parishioner Tamara Gillies as she continues her vocational formation with the Verbum Dei Missionary Sisters.

By Robin Williams NERANG woman Tamara Gillies has embarked on the next step in her journey to consecrated life with the Verbum Dei Missionary Sisters. The 28-year-old left Australia on June 5 to spend the next two years of her religious formation in a novitiate in San Francisco. Verbum Dei Missionary Sisters are celibate women consecrated to God by public ... Read More »

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