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Former Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson dies aged 70

Former Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson dies aged 70

THE Church is mourning the death of the former Archbishop of Adelaide, Philip Wilson, aged 70. Even though he suffered a series of health issues in recent years, including cancer, his death on Sunday, January 17 was unexpected, according to the Archdiocese of Adelaide. Close friend, Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge, president of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference tweeted: “Philip Wilson, ... Read More »

$1m donations to Lebanon ‘a drop in the ocean’ for country in crisis

$1m donations to Lebanon ‘a drop in the ocean’ for country in crisis

AUSTRALIANS raised more than $1 million for the people of Lebanon in 2020, including more than half a million dollars to an appeal established by the Maronite diocese to support people severely impacted by last year’s deadly explosion in Beirut. Bishop Antoine-Charbel Tarabay, who is the head of the Maronite Catholic Diocese of Australia, launched the Beirut Disaster Relief Appeal ... Read More »

Nambour farewells priest who was ‘part of the family’

Nambour farewells priest who was ‘part of the family’

FR Graham Gatehouse has been “part of the family” in Nambour parish for 20 years and now he’s moving on as he retires in his 50th year of priesthood. Fr Gatehouse celebrated his final Masses as parish priest at St Joseph’s on the weekend of January 2 and 3. John McGowan, thanking Fr Gatehouse on behalf of parishioners, said he ... Read More »

God’s caring for Brisbane health worker in London

God’s caring for Brisbane health worker in London

DAVID Armour knows about life and death on the pandemic frontline. The Brisbane Catholic paramedic working in London has revealed the daily anxiety and pressure of working in the middle of a COVID-19 crisis, as Britain along with the United States and Germany are engulfed by record daily death tolls. “The country and our NHS (National Health Service) is at ... Read More »

Newlyweds trust in God on their disrupted wedding day

Newlyweds trust in God on their disrupted wedding day

FOR groom Daniel Kearney and bride Bella Straw nothing was going to spoil their wedding day – not even last weekend’s Brisbane COVID-19 lockdown that required masks and a frenzied last-minute downsizing of the ceremony. The young couple was married in St John Vianney Church in Manly, with only 10 attendees, including priest Fr Rodrigo Tomala – in accordance with ... Read More »

Pope Francis amends canon law so women can be installed as lectors and acolytes

Pope Francis amends canon law so women can be installed as lectors and acolytes

POPE Francis has ordered a change to canon law, allowing women to be formally installed as lectors and acolytes. It’s a move that has been welcomed as “very significant” by Brisbane Ursuline Sister Kari Hatherell, who served for nine years as chair of the Australian Catholic Council for Lay Pastoral Ministry. “As an ecclesial community all roles are needed, and ... Read More »

Lockdown set to end in Greater Brisbane, masks mandatory in churches for the next 10 days

Lockdown set to end in Greater Brisbane, masks mandatory in churches for the next 10 days

GREATER Brisbane will come out of lockdown from 6pm tonight and transition to a rigorous set of restrictions over the next 10 days, including widespread use of masks particularly in shops, workplaces, public transport and churches. The restrictions remain in place for Brisbane, Logan, Ipswich, Moreton and Redlands until January 22. These restrictions are supposed to last until the typical ... Read More »

Michaela Daphne’s healing from abuse one book at a time

Michaela Daphne’s healing from abuse one book at a time

HEALING from an abusive relationship can include years of therapy or, in Michaela Daphne’s case, lead to publishing two fiction novels. The 31-year-old from Brisbane is the author of Purlieu and the recently launched Verja, the first two books from her Hidden Grove Series. The series follows Evelyn, a young woman who is manipulated by a young man into leaving ... Read More »

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