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Orange Sky chases away laundry blues

By Paul Dobbyn ORANGE Sky Laundry’s Lucas Patchett and Nicholas Marchesi had reached 80 washloads and counting, four days after Cyclone Marcia devastated the Rockhampton/Yeppoon region. The pair had been putting in up to 15-hour days in their voluntary support of households left without power and sometimes water, reaching Marmor, south of Rockhampton, on the morning of Tuesday, February 24. Mr ... Read More »

‘Wake up the world’, celebrating the Year of Consecrated Life

consecrated life

This is a pastoral letter prepared by the Australian Catholic Bishops’ Commission for Church Ministry to celebrate the 2015 Year of Consecrated Life.  “I have called you by your name; you are mine.” (Isaiah 43:1) EACH of our brothers and sisters in the consecrated life, recalls a word, an event, a priest or religious who inspired them; something as simple as ... Read More »

Church brings healing to life

By Emilie Ng HYPNOTHERAPY was no match for the healing power Kelli Buhse received from sitting in the pews of a Catholic church less than two years ago. Mrs Buhse said the Church provided her answers to deal with post-natal depression and a range of other family issues. “I’ve had post-natal depression since I had my daughter, and she’s turning ... Read More »

Terror escalates for Syria’s Christians

Displaced Syrian girl

FEARS are growing for the safety of more than 100 people taken captive on Tuesday (February 24) as the extremist group Islamic State seized Christian villages in Hassake governorate, north-east Syria. Archimandrite Emanuel Youkhana, who works in support of persecuted Christians in the region, received a telephone update on the situation from a contact in Hassake city about midnight on Tuesday. Fr Youkhana relayed ... Read More »

Busking for Queensland kids

By Emilie Ng FOUR Catholic schoolgirls hit all the right notes when they gave their Christmas busking money to the founders of Queensland’s only children’s hospice – Hummingbird House. Sisters Olivia and Ruby Fox, and twins Stephanie and Rachel Anderson, who together perform as Sorella String Quartet, raised $900 for the palliative care facility by busking at Brisbane’s Queen Street ... Read More »

Ukrainian Catholic leader invites Pope, says visit could bring peace

Ukraine archbishop

THE head of the Ukrainian Catholic Church invited Pope Francis to visit the war-torn nation, saying it would help bring peace. “It would be a prophetic gesture that would show the power of prayer and Christian solidarity, give us courage and hope, and build a better future for everyone,” major archbishop of Kiev-Halych Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk said. On behalf of ... Read More »

Dalai Lama to visit St Stephen’s Cathedral for a multi-faith event

BRISBANE Archbishop Mark Coleridge has extended a “glad welcome” to the Dalai Lama who will take part in a multi-faith event in St Stephen’s Cathedral on June 11. “From his early life, the Dalai Lama has been a controversial figure caught up in the drama of Tibet, especially in its relations with China,” the Archbishop said. “Inevitably he has been ... Read More »

St Mary’s welcomes friends from cyclone-hit Yeppoon

CATHOLIC identity shone true at St Mary’s College, Maryborough, during Cyclone Marcia when the college community opened their hearts and classrooms to some needy friends. Many in the St Mary’s community were pleasantly surprised when they returned to the college on Monday morning to see some of their classrooms occupied by visiting students from St Brendan’s College, Yeppoon. The 60 ... Read More »

Cruel blow

By Paul Dobbyn A CYCLONE and an earthquake have delivered Rockhampton diocese’s bishop of less than a year “an unforgettable week”, and caused utter devastation for many people. In the aftermath of Cyclone Marcia that wreaked havoc on Yeppoon, Rockhampton and surrounding areas and then caused flooding further inland at places like Biloela just days after an earthquake at Eidsvold, ... Read More »

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