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Everywhere is mission territory

  ARCHBISHOP Mark Coleridge ordained Fr Karl Emerick for the Dominicans, letting him know he was called to be a missionary priest. Archbishop Coleridge presided at the ordination in St Stephen’s Cathedral on July 4, the feast of Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati. It was a solemn and joyous occasion, with Fr Emerick surrounded by his extended family, fellow Dominicans, priests ... Read More »

Holy Land bishops criticise ‘collective punishment’ of Palestinians

CATHOLIC leaders in the Holy Land called for an end to the cycle of violence and criticised Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territories and its collective punishment of Palestinians. “Using the death of the three Israelis to exact collective punishment on the Palestinian people as a whole and on its legitimate desire to be free is a tragic exploitation of tragedy ... Read More »

Busy time for new bishop

By Paul Dobbyn WILCANNIA-Forbes’ new bishop Columba Macbeth-Green has described his recent episcopal ordination in Parkes as “nerve wracking but absolutely fantastic”. Speaking from Broken Hill several days after his installation in the city’s Sacred Heart Cathedral, Bishop Macbeth-Green said the parishioners and citizens of both locations in his far-flung NSW diocese had given him a “wonderful welcome”. He had ... Read More »

Archbishop says councillors are to be missionaries, not ‘mere administrators’

Pastoral commissioning: Pastoral council chairpersons gathered around the sanctuary to make an act of service at the Commissioning Mass on Sunday, July 6.

By Emilie Ng  PARISH pastoral councils are more necessary than ever in the life of the Church but for more than mere administration, Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge said to council representatives from more than 60 parishes and 13 deaneries last weekend. Archbishop Coleridge presided at the councils’ annual Commissioning Mass at St Stephen’s Cathedral on July 6. The Mass commissions ... Read More »

Home truths

Welcoming number four: The Blom family (back from left) Paul, Libby and Zachary; and (front) Anastasia, Magdalen and Lawrence.

By Paul Dobbyn BRISBANE’S Paul and Libby Blom are in some senses the typical modern family raising their four children while juggling all the demands of an increasingly frantic society. Yet, as members of the Australian Catholic Marriage and Family Council (ACMFC), an advisory body to the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, the couple are also required to stand above their ... Read More »

Donna responding to Gospel truth

By Peter Bugden “NEW evangelisation” is a phrase often on the lips of popes and other Church leaders of recent times, but Brisbane Catholic Donna McDade has a slight twist for the work she does among young people. It’s called “super stealth evangelisation”. It’s what happens when she lives her Catholic faith in running retreats and workshops for school students ... Read More »

Pope meets sex abuse victims, says clergy actions cloaked in complicity

ASKING for forgiveness, Pope Francis told abuse survivors that “despicable actions” caused by clergy have been hidden for too long and had been “camouflaged with a complicity that cannot be explained”. “There is no place in the Church’s ministry for those who commit these abuses, and I commit myself not to tolerate harm done to a minor by any individual, ... Read More »

Council of Cardinals meeting described as ‘free, frank, friendly’

THE pontifical councils on the laity and the family were studied in particular depth at the latest meeting at the Vatican of the Council of Cardinals. This was reported in a statement from the Vatican on July 4. The statement on July 4, the last day of the gathering, described the latest meeting of the council as “free, frank and ... Read More »

Excelling in education

BRISBANE Catholic Education has recognised its most outstanding teachers at the inaugural Excellence in Teaching Awards gala on June 18. More than 30 finalists, from almost 200 nominations for the new awards that recognise excellence in learning and teaching, gathered at Victoria Park Golf Club to witness Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge and BCE executive director Pam Betts congratulate the winners. ... Read More »

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