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Francis showing how to make way for love

By Emile Ng and CNS CARDINAL Jorge Mario Bergoglio took on the name Francis with the intention of showing the world that like his saintly namesake, simplicity creates room for great love. A year on from the Holy Father’s election, who took over from Pope Benedict XVI after a sudden but well-discerned resignation, Pope Francis has shown the world that ... Read More »

Ukraine in our prayers

BRISBANE’S Ukrainian community will gather at Woolloongabba’s Church of the Protection of the Mother of God on March 9, offering prayers and collecting alms to support their countrymen as the political crisis in the Ukraine worsens. Ukrainian Catholic chaplain Fr Stefan Sapun said the liturgy at the 9.30am Mass would be dedicated to all who have suffered in the ongoing ... Read More »

‘Great adventure’ shared

By Paul Dobbyn BRISBANE archdiocese’s vicar general Monsignor Peter Meneely and Jubilee parish priest Fr Peter Brannelly, who started their seminary studies together 32 years ago, agree the priesthood has been “a great     adventure with many surprises”. One delightful surprise for both men has been a friendship which has flourished right through to the silver jubilees they recently celebrated ... Read More »

Praying for compassion

By Paul Dobbyn CATHOLICS have been invited to take part in a “National Lament” during Lent for Australia’s treatment of asylum seekers including the recent events on Papua New Guinea’s Manus Island which left a young Iranian man dead. Catholic Religious Australia is holding the National Lament, which will be a campaign of prayer, penance and action in support of ... Read More »

Elders tell of their ‘stolen’ experience

SEVEN Aboriginal elders separated as children from their parents and placed in dormitories at Cherbourg have shared their stories with students at an event held at Mt Alvernia College, Kedron. The elders – Aunties Estelle, Cepha, Alex, Deliah and Alison, and Uncles Joe Kirk and Alex Davidson – did so at an Apology to Stolen Generations anniversary liturgy and education ... Read More »

United in prayer for peace

WHEN Sandy O’Donohue, one of the organisers of this year’s World Day of Prayer in St Stephen’s Cathedral Brisbane, approached the Egyptian Embassy in Sydney for one of the country’s flags she got an unexpected bonus. “The Consul General Ayman Aly Kamel asked if we had a guest speaker yet,” she said. “I said we didn’t and he said because ... Read More »

Pope’s words to be guiding light

PREPARING FOR JOYA Lenten Examination of Conscience, by Archbishop Mark Coleridge “THE joy of the Gospel fills the hearts and the lives of those who encounter Jesus”: with these words, Pope Francis begins his Apostolic Exhortation, The Joy of the Gospel, which I want to be the charter of the Archdiocese of Brisbane as we shape the future that Jesus ... Read More »

Musician, nurse take on ambassador roles

ANNABEL Pike and Michael Mangan will be the official ambassadors for Catholic Education Week 2014 in Queensland. Annabel is a past student of St Agatha’s School and St Rita’s College, Clayfield. She is a nursing graduate of the Australian Catholic University’s Early Achievers Program and the recipient of the 2012 HESTA Australian Nursing Awards’ Outstanding Graduate of the Year. Annabel ... Read More »

Faith in Our Future

Parramatta Bishop Anthony Fisher has released a pastoral message on Faith in Our Future – Pastoral Planning for the Diocese of Parramatta POPE Francis made headlines when he kissed and blessed a man in St Peter’s Square who suffered with boil-like tumours appearing over his head and body. Like Jesus responding to cries for help from the sick, our Holy ... Read More »

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