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Caring for creation

By Paul Dobbyn POPE Francis’ environmental encyclical Laudato Si’ will provide “a voice that can rise above the politics, economics and ideologies of climate change”. Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge, speaking shortly before the release of the encyclical said, “we need a voice that can rise above those pressures and speak in a way that’s both realistic and humane”. “That’s the ... Read More »

Following the call

Growing order: Good Samaritan Sisters congregation leader Sr Clare Condon welcomes two novices, Sr Juniko Toaua and Sr Tuata Terawete to the order.

KIRIBATI women are embracing religious life as two more women joined the Sisters of the Good Samaritan of the Order of St Benedict this month. Tuata Terawete and Juniko Toaua, of the Republic of Kiribati, are among the already nine women from their country who have joined the Good Samaritan Sisters. The two Kiribati-born and raised women took their First ... Read More »

Funds boost after burger joint ban

Cherish Life Queensland jar at Grill'd

BURGER joint Grill’d’s recent withdrawal to support a local pro-life organisation has been nothing but “God working mysteriously” for Cherish Life Queensland state president Teresa Martin. Less than 24 hours after Grill’d pulled Cherish Life Queensland from their monthly charity campaign, the Toowong-based anti-abortion group received a “large among of donations” from “indignant” pro-life supporters around Australia. Grill’d’s ‘Local Matters’ ... Read More »

Year 3 students give pocket money to the poor

Helping others: Year 7 students Mya Hillman (centre) and friends Asha Cahill, Alex McAvoy, Elise Welsh, Natalie Welsh, Adrian Chan and Max Chan gave their pocket money to help a school in East Timor.

By Emilie Ng MYA Hillman is only eight years old but the St Joseph’s Primary School, Kangaroo Point  student has already proven to be a budding philanthropist. The Year 3 student donated all her pocket money to her self-organised raffle raising money to build an early learning centre in a sister school in East Timor. “Well I’ve always wanted to do ... Read More »

Witness to hope

The Dalai Lama in St Stephen’s Cathedral on June 11.

By Paul Dobbyn THE Dalai Lama, during an historic talk in Brisbane’s St Stephen’s Cathedral yesterday (June 11), gave an amusing impression of shivering in the cold as he visited St Francis’ birthplace in Assisi. “It was so cold there,” the slightly stooped 79-year-old said, wrapping his yellow monk’s cloak around himself to the delight of the packed gathering, “so ... Read More »

Praying for priests

By Emilie Ng SUNNYBANK parishioner Yvan Maurice takes part in a relay once a year, but instead of holding a baton in his hands, he holds his powerful Rosary beads. The faithful Catholic organised Brisbane’s slot in the sixth worldwide, 24-hour Rosary Relay for Priests on Friday, June 12, the feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. At the front ... Read More »

Key to society’s future


By Paul Dobbyn BRISBANE Archbishop Mark Coleridge has outlined the Church’s teachings on the nature of marriage in a radio interview. He said society had always seen this relationship as central to its future. Archbishop Coleridge said other forms of relationships could be “wondrous”, he said one of the difficulties with same-sex marriage was “it tends to collapse a couple of ... Read More »

Feeling for the homeless

By Emilie Ng JACOBA Brasch remembers searching for her brother among the bushes of Brisbane city’s Botanic Gardens less than 20 years ago. She eventually found him sleeping on a bench. Her brother was homeless, forced with “little choice” to sleep rough on Brisbane’s streets. “His life was such that he ended up with little choice, he thought, but to ... Read More »

Hearts must turn toward peace

TO overcome fear, discrimination and conflict, people must have a deep desire to open themselves up to God and his mercy, and work actively for peace every day, Pope Francis said. God’s plan for creation is peace, “which always meets opposition from humanity and the devil,” he said during a one-day visit to Bosnia and Herzegovina on June 6. The ... Read More »

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