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Catholic charity volunteers set free from captivity in Baghdad

FORMER Brisbane Catholic teacher Ora Duffley has welcomed the release of her charity worker friends from captivity in Iraq. French Catholics Antoine Brochon, Julien Dittmar, Alexandre Goodarzy and Iraqi Catholic Tariq Mattoka were released after being held captive for 66 days while working for SOS Chretiens d’Orient in Baghdad. The Catholic charity workers were captured on January 20 and returned ... Read More »

Australia’s COVIDSafe App has launched, here’s how it works

AUSTRALIA has launched its mobile COVIDSafe App with an eye to controlling outbreaks and easing restrictions by having contact tracing systems in place by informing people who have had contact with those who test positive to coronavirus. The app can be downloaded from the Apple App store or Google Play store onto a mobile device. Once it is installed, the ... Read More »

St Peter Chanel and St Stephen transformed by the engines of their martyrdom into the Living Bread

IT is the stones and clubs, the engines of martyrdom, that transform in the protomartyrs into the Living Bread, Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge said on the feast of St Stephen and protomartyr of Oceania, St Peter Chanel. “Today we hear from Scripture of bread and stones,” Archbishop Coleridge said at the 8am Mass livestreamed from St Stephen’s Cathedral. “Jesus says, ... Read More »

Pastoral carers like prison and hospital chaplains relish Zoom sessions to keep ministry alive

PRISON chaplains and hospital pastoral carers are doing their best to keep their ministries alive despite being kept away from prisoners and patients because of COVID-19. Brisbane archdiocese’s Centacare Pastoral Ministries director Judy Norris said chaplains were unable to visit prisons and most of Centacare’s pastoral carers have had to withdraw from hospitals, leaving only a skeleton team allowed limited ... Read More »

David Armour, a Brisbane Catholic turned London paramedic, is on the front lines of COVID-19

A young Brisbane Catholic working as a paramedic on the streets of London has described the grim, dangerous task of collecting sick and dying patients stricken by the coronavirus. “People are very scared and anxious… so they call 999,” 34-year-old David Armour recounted, clearly affected by what he sees during a typical paramedic shift. The Brisbane paramedic and his wife ... Read More »

Bishop Robert Barron is urging Catholics to take advantage of extra time to take up faith fully

IN the midst of this global pandemic, Bishop Robert Barron says: “Turn this time of waiting into an evangelical opportunity…” In an exclusive, wide-ranging interview with Zenit, the Auxiliary Bishop of Los Angeles and founder of Word on Fire Catholic Ministries, made this suggestion, as he reflected on various ways faithful can reconnect spiritually during this dramatic time. In the ... Read More »

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