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Samoans hand faith on to next generation

THE first of five Samoan Masses to be held this year at St Brigid’s Church, Nerang, attracted worshipers from Gold Coast and Brisbane communities. Samoan chaplain Fr Eparti Tamati, from Birkdale parish, celebrated the Samoan Mass on March 2 with local children taking part in the liturgy. The planned 2014 Masses are a move by a group of Nerang Samoan ... Read More »

Brisbane joins in prayer for Egypt

By Paul Dobbyn “EGYPT needs your prayers and we are so proud Egypt is the subject of this year’s World Day of Prayer.” Egypt’s Sydney consul general Ayman Ally Kamel delivered this and several other important messages as guest speaker at this year’s World Day of Prayer held in St Stephen’s Cathedral on March 7. Mr Kamel also spoke of ... Read More »

Reach of compassion

By Paul Dobbyn AWARENESS of how Catholics are supporting struggling parts of the world, including the Philippines and South America, was central to this year’s Queensland Project Compassion launch. Guest speakers Caritas Australia chief executive officer Paul O’Callaghan and Latin America programs co-ordinator Siobhan Jordan presented challenging yet uplifting stories to students from Catholic schools across Brisbane. Brisbane Archbishop Mark ... Read More »

Caritas helping to change lives

Caritas Australia’s partner, Hope Agency for Relief and Development, is assisting Deng’s family with a food security program. Families like Deng’s can now be confident of a more secure future and can rebuild their lives. For the first 20 years of Deng’s life, he lived with his family in a small agricultural village in South Sudan. In 1983, civil war ... Read More »

Frankly speaking – top 10 Pope Francis quotes

Pope Francis

IN his formal documents, many speeches and unscripted morning homilies the past year, Pope Francis has given the church a bounty of memorable sound bites. Here’s a look at what could be the top 10 most quotable quotes.   1. “Brothers and sisters, good evening. You all know that the duty of the conclave was to give a bishop to ... Read More »

Cuts hit the poor

By Paul Dobbyn CARITAS Australia chief executive officer Paul O’Callaghan has called on the Federal Government to reverse its foreign aid cutbacks and live up to Australia’s “fantastic bipartisan tradition as an active contributor beyond our immediate region”. After launching Project Compassion in Brisbane on March 4, Mr O’Callaghan contrasted the generosity of Australians with the Federal Government’s stance. “The ... Read More »

Overcrowding concerns on the agenda

CONCERNS upper primary school teachers and students could be expected to cover 16 different subjects will be among issues discussed when the Queensland Catholic Education Commission meets with the Australian Curriculum review panel in Brisbane on March 17. QCEC executive director Mike Byrne said potential “overcrowding” of the curriculum as Phase 2 and 3 subjects are rolled out is of ... Read More »

Homeless man finds peace in the Church

By Emilie Ng GOLD Coast man Bill Deacon might be living in a colony for the homeless, but this Easter he will formally call the Catholic Church home. The 74-year-old former Anglican of 26 years will be entering into full communion with the Church this Easter along with more than 90 other converts from the Brisbane archdiocese. Mr Deacon is ... Read More »

Rockhampton diocese’s new leader named

By Paul Dobbyn WHEN Brisbane’s vicar for clergy Fr Michael McCarthy headed down to meet with the apostolic nuncio in Canberra on Ash Wednesday, he certainly wasn’t thinking about becoming Rockhampton’s 10th bishop. “I didn’t suspect a thing,” Bishop-elect McCarthy said. “I thought perhaps it was to do with my current role. “It was very humbling to be asked to ... Read More »

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