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PNG Cardinal John Ribat speaks of the gift and challenges of sexuality

A CARDINAL best known for defending Pacific island nations swamped by the impacts of climate change has spoken candidly of another challenge – his own daily commitment to be a priest. “The question really is how do I live my life in relation to the formation but also the sexuality that is deep within us. How do you live that?” ... Read More »

Orange Sky duo named among other Queenslanders on Australia Day honours list

QUEENSLANDERS Nic Marchesi and Lucas Patchett, former Young Australians of the Year who were behind mobile homeless hygiene service Orange Sky Laundry, were among the many Catholics announced in the Australia Day honours list this year. Both Mr Marchesi and Mr Patchett, who first featured in The Catholic Leader in 2014, were named as recipients of the Medal of the ... Read More »

Tributes flow for Aboriginal elder and woman of service Aunty Joan Hendriks

RESPECTED Aboriginal elder and educator Aunty Joan Hendriks is being remembered for a deep commitment to her culture, promoting reconciliation, and as a guiding light in understanding Aboriginal Creation spirituality and Christian faith. The revered Ngugi woman, one of the three clan groups of the Quandamooka people of south-east Queensland’s Moreton Bay, died peacefully on Australia Day. “A heartfelt farewell ... Read More »

Coffee lounge sandwiches will no longer have Marj

MARJORIE Williams was eight years old and, for a bit of fun, was baking a cake for her teddy bear’s birthday in the electric oven her brother had got from his electrical job. It was baking better than the cake she had made for her dolly’s birthday, which had ended up as chook scrap when she threw it out the ... Read More »

New Catholic college in Cairns named after St John Henry Newman

THE new secondary college planned for the James Cook University campus at Smithfield, Cairns, has been named Newman Catholic College. Cairns Bishop James Foley announced the name following community consultation and recommendations from the Catholic Northern Beaches Parish, whose parishioners strongly endorsed the recognition of the recently canonised St John Henry Newman (pictured). “Having spent considerable time with the writings ... Read More »

A forgiving heart can be just what the doctor ordered

By Jo Hayes THE “low-tox life” is capturing the attention of many a millenia-mind of late. Trademarked by Aussie health campaigner Alexx Stuart, it promotes lifestyle changes that reduce the “toxic load” in our daily lives – like, swapping chemical cleaning products for natural options like essential oils. While enjoying a resurgence, it’s not, of course, a new idea. Our ... Read More »

Kym Keady passes on motherly wisdom to next generation of women in the Church

WHEN a beloved daughter marries there’s no doubt to be tears.  A month after Brisbane’s Kym Keady farwelled daughter Bethany into the joys of marriage on December 1, 2018, the Ignite Youth director put the tears into words.  She drew on the speech her and husband Patrick gave at the wedding to write an emotive letter first, coupling as an ... Read More »

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