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Townsville bishop supporting freed Bali Nine member’s plea to shorten sentences

TOWNSVILLE Bishop Tim Harris expressed his support for Bali Nine member Renae Lawrence as she pleaded for reduced and determinant sentences for her fellow drug smugglers. Ms Lawrence, the only female member of the Bali Nine, was released last year after 13 years in various prisons for her role in the foiled drug-smuggling operation in Indonesia in 2005. Until now, ... Read More »

Man charged with alleged arson of Bundaberg Catholic church

A FIRE has gutted the 68-year-old St Mary’s Church, Bundaberg, on Barolin Street in the early hours of Tuesday, February 11.  Six fire crews attended the blaze about 4am. Police have charged a man following the alleged arson of a church in Bundaberg. The church, which was unoccupied at the time, was completely destroyed by the blaze. A 42-year-old Bundaberg ... Read More »

Pope Francis releases Amazon synod response, described as not just for Amazon but Australia too

POPE Francis’s highly anticipated Apostolic Exhortation  “Querida Amazonia” (Beloved Amazonia), released by the Vatican on February 12, has been described as a document “not just for a distant and alien part of the world, but has much to offer the Catholic Church in Australia”.  “The Amazon is remote from us but the issues are not,” Australian Catholic Bishops Conference president ... Read More »

Australian bishops seeking to calm coronavirus alarmism

PARISHES and dioceses taking precautions like refusing to offer Holy Communion from the chalice to combat the novel coronavirus outbreak in China were not called to do so. The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference issued a statement that said they had “not called for the suspension of any practices at Mass in response to novel coronavirus that appeared in China and ... Read More »

Relics of St Therese and Sts Louis and Zelie Martin bringing graces to Brisbane

THEIR hands pressed to the reliquary glass-casing and eyes shut in silent prayer, thousands of Brisbane Catholics took a few moments to pray with the relics of St Therese of Lisieux and her parents Sts Zelie and Louis Martin as they pilgrimaged around the archdiocese last week. It was the first time Sts Zelie’s and Louis’ relics had visited the ... Read More »

Western regions rejoice as rain falls on drought-stricken farming communities

RAIN has brought hope to some of the country’s hardest-hit farm communities. “It’s like a miracle. It is absolutely. Everyone is so happy,” St Mary’s Warwick parishioner Trish Seaby said after watching the Condamine River rise. “Within two days, up came the grass.  “It’s been absolutely life-changing, but we do need it to continue.” On Queensland’s Southern Downs the Condamine ... Read More »

Catholic couple from Brisbane Oratory parish didn’t want their nuptial Mass to end

AS Peter and Ellyn Gasparin approach their first Valentine’s Day as a married couple, the Brisbane duo well remember the impact of Fr Adrian Sharp’s wedding homily in St Brigid’s Church, Red Hill, last September.  They remember not only because the wedding was in a church they’ve long admired, surrounded by a loving contingent of family and friends, including almost ... Read More »

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