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Golden anniversary is part of building Body of Christ

By Peter Bugden BRISBANE Archbishop Mark Coleridge, on the same day the Church was celebrating the feast of the dedication of the pope’s cathedral, visited Petrie for the parish’s 50th anniversary Mass in the humble church the parishioners had built there. Our Lady of the Way Church was overflowing on November 9 as the Petrie parish, which includes Dayboro, celebrated ... Read More »

Deacon heading home for ordination

WHEN Rockhampton’s Deacon Andrew Hogan is ordained a priest on December 3, it will be on the same sacred ground that fashioned his Catholic faith. Deacon Hogan’s most significant Catholic moments have taken place at Rockhampton’s St Joseph’s Cathedral, his ordination next month likely to be the climax. “Faith and Catholicity were always a part of my family life and ... Read More »

Islam, ecumenism and regional conflict on Pope’s agenda in Turkey

Pope to Turkey

By Francis X. Rocca, Catholic News Service ALMOST every papal trip abroad is a complex mix of the religious and political, and that will be especially true of Pope Francis’ November 28-30 visit to Turkey. Given the country’s crucial geographic position straddling Europe and Asia, its historic importance for both Christianity and Islam and the wars now raging in neighbouring ... Read More »

Little acts of love, kindness and faith add up to holiness, Pope says

Pope Francis

ALL Christians are called to holiness and to take even little steps each day to be more loving and more Christ-like, Pope Francis said. “Some think that holiness is closing your eyes and making the face of a plastic statue, but that’s not holiness,” the Pope said on November 19 at his weekly general audience. Holiness is something much greater, ... Read More »

Major issues on the agenda

By Paul Dobbyn Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge has praised Brisbane’s handling of the G20 and balanced cautious optimism with realism about the summit’s likely outcomes. “The city of Brisbane and its people handled the complexities of the event with great efficiency, good sense and nice humour,” he said. “Well done, Brisbane – but especially those at the forefront of the ... Read More »

Seeking the lost sheep

By Emilie Ng SYDNEY’S newest archbishop has begun his appointment by inviting the lost sheep to return home and give the Church “another chance”. Archbishop Anthony Fisher, in a recent column in The Sunday Telegraph, asked lapsed Catholics to “help us to become a better Church”. “To those who have become disconnected from the Church in recent years I say: ... Read More »

PCI in crisis

By Paul Dobbyn BRISBANE’S Pregnancy Crisis Inc is in danger as it faces the prospect of turning expectant mothers onto the street due to staffing issues. PCI House has been providing a safe haven for women under pressure to abort their children since its opening in October 2012. PCI president Patti Camp said the crisis has arisen because the volunteer ... Read More »

Broken Bay’s new bishop announced

Auxiliary Bishop Peter Andrew Comensoli

SYDNEY Auxiliary Bishop Peter Comensoli has been appointed the third Bishop of Broken Bay diocese in New South Wales. Pope Francis announced Bishop Comensoli as Broken Bay’s newest Bishop on November 20 in a private phone call. Bishop Comensoli, 50, said he was “delighted but humbled” to take up his new pastoral service in Broken Bay, which has been vacant since Bishop David ... Read More »

Feed the world, safeguard the planet, Pope tells international leaders


EVERY human being has a right to food, and no business plan or economic policy can override that right, Pope Francis told world leaders gathered in Rome. “The struggle against hunger and malnutrition is hindered by ‘market priorities’ and the ‘primacy of profit’, which have reduced foodstuffs to a commodity like any other, subject to speculation, also of a financial ... Read More »

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