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Locking in love for the Year of Mercy

Catholic love lock

MARRIAGE is on the horizon for Adam Burns and there’s a third person he’d like to publicly thank before tying the knot. Mr Burns will place a heart-shaped padlock on Brisbane’s newest love-lock sculpture situated outside St Stephen’s Cathedral with fiancé Jade Henkes as a sign of their love for each other and the third person in their relationship – ... Read More »

Prayer group leader remember as spiritual grandfather

Fr Vince Hurley

THE former Australian spiritual leader for the Pope’s personal prayer group Jesuit Father Charles Vincent Hurley has died in Brisbane, aged 85. Between 1993 and 2013, Fr Hurley was the national director for the Apostleship of Prayer, an international prayer network that receives prayer intentions directly from the Pope. He died of a heart attack at 9.45am on Tuesday, December ... Read More »

ACU offers hand of support in Iraq in time for Year of Mercy

Archbishop Bashar Warda

AUSTRALIANS played a significant role in the establishment of Iraq’s first Catholic university which was opened on Tuesday (December 8), the start of the Jubilee Year of Mercy. Chaldean Archbishop Bashar Warda of Erbil, who sought support from the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference and Australian Catholic University for the institution, opened the Catholic University in Erbil (CUE) which has about ... Read More »

Holy Year is a reminder to put mercy before judgment, pope says

ON a cloudy, damp morning, Pope Francis’ voice echoed in the atrium of St Peter’s Basilica: “Open the gates of justice”. With five strong thrusts, the pope pushed open the Holy Door, a symbol of God’s justice, which he said will always be exercised “in the light of his mercy”. The rite of the opening of the Holy Door was ... Read More »

St Stephen’s Cathedral to open holy portal for Year of Mercy

Fr David Pascoe at the holy door of St Stephen's Cathedral, Brisbane

THE holy door of St St Stephen’s Cathedral will be knocked on three times to mark the start of the Year of Mercy in Brisbane. Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge will strike the temporarily closed first right side door, the site of the holy door, at the cathedral on December 13. The door will be open during the day for the ... Read More »

A woman of zeal and faith

MANY people of Brisbane archdiocese and beyond have remembered Sister of Mercy Kathleen (Kath) Mary Burke as a woman of great mercy, vision, wisdom and justice. She died in Brisbane on July 23, aged 86 in her 59th year of religious profession, and her funeral Mass was celebrated at St Vincent’s Chapel, Nudgee, on July 30. Many Sisters of Mercy, ... Read More »

An “unmerited gift”

AIRPLANES might take Dominic Orichukwu from Australia to his home country Nigeria, but it was “on eagle’s wings” that the 30 year old found his calling to the priesthood. After entering the seminary at 12, the Nigerian-born was ordained a priest with 12 other Nigerians in his home diocese of Umuahia, Nigeria on Saturday, July 25. Redcliffe parish priest Fr ... Read More »

Faith in God

VINNIES VIEW by Brian Moore THE definition of the word faith is a belief without evidence. Faith is a confidence or trust in something that may not be seen. The root or foundation of our Catholic faith is the death and resurrection of Our Lord, Jesus Christ. Someone once asked great British preacher C.H. Spurgeon if he could put in a ... Read More »

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