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Plenary Council sessions postponed until 2021 and 2022, an opportunity to use ‘extra time wisely’

THE long-anticipated Plenary Council 2020 sessions, the first of which had been scheduled for this October, were pushed back to October 2021 and April 2022 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Last week, the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference decided to postpone the opening assembly by 12 months. Adelaide remained the venue for the first assembly in October 2021.  Sydney remained the ... Read More »

Catholic school students ready for lessons at home during Term 2

QUEENSLAND’S Catholic school students will be learning at home for the first five weeks of Term 2, with schools only open for the children of essential workers. The measures are in line with arrangements announced by Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk to slow the spread of COVID-19. Queensland Catholic Education Commission executive director Dr Lee-Anne Perry said Catholic schools had spent many ... Read More »

Coronavirus can help us remember what it means to be a good neighbour

By Sr Jo Brady AS we face a pandemic in Australia not seen since the Spanish flu a century ago when 15,000 people died, we are being confronted by distasteful images of panic buying in supermarkets. The managers assure us there is sufficient food and essentials yet because of the panic buying we see our most vulnerable people without the ... Read More »

High Court weighs up Cardinal George Pell’s final bid at appeal, prosecution arguments heard today

THE High Court of Australia has heard from Cardinal George Pell’s lawyer that evidence presented at trial must have given jurors reasonable doubt that Pell sexually abused two choirboys after Sunday Mass more than two decades ago. Barrister Bret Walker SC was seeking to convince the Court’s full bench of seven judges that Pell’s case warrants and appeal – a ... Read More »

Archbishop Mark Coleridge directs parishes to adopt liturgical changes in face of COVID-19

BRISBANE Archbishop Mark Coleridge has directed Brisbane parishes to adopt changed liturgical practices for the peace of mind of local Catholics in the wake of the coronavirus (COVID-19), effective from March 5. In a statement, he said Brisbane archdiocesan directors and Brisbane Auxiliary Bishop Ken Howell had been meeting daily to monitor the advice of Queensland Health. Queensland Health had ... Read More »

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