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St Itas shares the Easter message

By Emilie Ng CHILDREN at St Ita’s Primary School, Dutton Park, brought the story of Jesus’ passion and death to life with a sense of joy at a special end of term Easter reflection. Family and friends of the school community watched as the school’s 402 students re-enacted the story of the death of Our Lord on April 4. Each year ... Read More »

More young men consider priesthood at vocations dinner

YOUNG men considering the priesthood gathered in Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge’s home in New Farm for the 17th annual vocations dinner. More than 50 young men came in search of answers, consolations and encouragement in their pursuit of discerning the priestly vocation. The dinners offer young men a “clearer idea” about discerning the priesthood in Brisbane. Joining the Archbishop was ... Read More »

‘Please pray for us’


By Paul Dobbyn COOKTOWN’S pastoral leader Mercy Sister Irene Masterson has amazingly managed to be “where cyclones weren’t” in her decades of ministry in Queensland’s far north. Not this time. Preparing to bunker down ahead of monster Cyclone Ita with the rest of Cooktown, she spoke with The Catholic Leader around 11am Friday, April 11. Reports were becoming increasingly alarming. ... Read More »

Justice issues on G20 radar

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By Paul Dobbyn BRISBANE’S G20 summit of world leaders in November will be used as an opportunity to engage Catholics with social justice issues both in Australia and abroad. The archdiocese’s Catholic Justice and Peace Commission aims to do this by involving parishes throughout the archdiocese in public consultations and online educational resources. CJPC executive officer Peter Arndt said the ... Read More »

The key to Evangelii Gaudium – Joy and the need for a good confession

By Fr Peter Fitzsimons POPE Francis begins his Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium with these words: “The Joy of the Gospel fills the hearts and lives of all who encounter Jesus. Those who accept his offer of salvation are set free from sin, sorrow, inner emptiness and loneliness. With Christ joy is constantly born anew. In this Exhortation I wish to ... Read More »

Prayer changes your heart

DON’T hold back when praying to God – tell him exactly what’s wrong and insist on holding him to his promises, Pope Francis said. Prayer should be like speaking face-to-face with a friend: “without fear, freely and also with insistence,” the pope said in his homily on April 3 during an early morning Mass in the chapel of the Domus ... Read More »

Going from youth minister to television crew member

By Emilie Ng WORKING the cameras for a national television network has kept former youth worker Kiri Groeneveld in easy reach of a childhood dream to work in the film and television industry. The 24 year old remembers marveling over the dedication of animators for The Lion King, who hand-drew each animal for the magnificent stampede scene that kills the ... Read More »

Pope urges reconciliation on 20th anniversary of Rwandan genocide

JUST days before Rwanda was to begin a weeklong period of official mourning to mark the 20th anniversary of its genocide, Pope Francis urged the country’s bishops to be resolute in continuing the work of healing and reconciliation. “Twenty years after those tragic events,” when as many as one million people were murdered in savage acts of ethnic violence, Pope ... Read More »

People’s bishop farewelled

By Paul Dobbyn HEARTFELT tributes from fellow clergy and co-ecumenists, a sister’s affectionate recall of a loving family member, a police-escorted motorcade to his final resting place in the Sacred Heart Cathedral  – Townsville’s farewell to Bishop Michael Putney powerfully portrayed the impact of his multi-faceted life. Townsville’s fifth bishop, known by many as the “People’s bishop”, had loved his ... Read More »

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