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Townsville Bishop Tim Harris calls out extreme left and right for confusing public on climate change

Townsville Bishop Tim Harris calls out extreme left and right for confusing public on climate change

TOWNSVILLE Bishop Tim Harris criticised both extreme left and extreme right political narratives for misleading the public from finding a reasoned and nuanced understanding of the costs and effects of climate change. Bishop Harris said this reasoned and nuanced understanding was essential to enacting our “God-given” responsibility to care for creation. He said both the hard-left and hard-right stifled the ... Read More »

Friends of Wilson Gavin say the Church has lost a champion of the faith

Friends of Wilson Gavin say the Church has lost a champion of the faith

A SECTION of Brisbane’s Catholic community has been rocked by the death of a young man whose devotion to the Church inspired scores of people to return to the faith. Wilson Gavin, who attended the traditional Latin Mass at Mary Immaculate Church, Annerley, was found dead at Chelmer, in Brisbane’s south-west, on the morning of January 13 after taking his ... Read More »

Marie Downes has played for four decades but still not an organist

Marie Downes has played for four decades but still not an organist

MARIE Downes has been playing the organ at Sacred Heart Church, Sandgate, for more than 45 years but she’s been keeping a secret from her fellow parishioners – she’s not an organist. “I’m not an organist … I’m a pianist,” Miss Downes said late last year as she prepared for a special celebration the Sandgate Brighton parish held to pay ... Read More »

Catholics gear up for bushfire collections on Australia Day

Catholics gear up for bushfire collections on Australia Day

CATHOLIC parishes across Australia are preparing to dig deep with special bushfire collections at Masses over the Australia Day weekend.  The national Church action is in support of the Vinnies Bushfire Appeal, and to aid efforts connecting people in need with people who can help. Australian Catholic Bishops Conference president Archbishop Mark Coleridge announced the collection on January 7, saying: ... Read More »

Chermside West priest handing on award-winning Christmas lights tradition

Chermside West priest handing on award-winning Christmas lights tradition

CHERMSIDE West’s next parish priest will inherit thousands of Christmas lights as outgoing pastor Fr Gerard McMorrow moves to a church in Southport. The jovial Irish priest, who has been at Chermside since 2002 and Wavell Heights since 2011, is the new pastor of the Southport parish on the Gold Coast. When he moves to the new coastal community in ... Read More »

Bishop who advocated for Scott Rush’s family urges government to bring Bali Nine home

Bishop who advocated for Scott Rush’s family urges government to bring Bali Nine home

“WE have forgotten the Bali Nine,” Townsville Bishop Tim Harris said, almost 15 years since a foiled drug smuggling operation first made international headlines. Bishop Harris called on the Federal Government to bring the remaining Bali Nine to Australia to serve out the remainder of their sentence here. “If they’re home here, there may be an opportunity to help these ... Read More »

Pope calling us to study the Word of God with the whole Church

Pope calling us to study the Word of God with the whole Church

THE newly established “Sunday of the Word of God” is an invitation to Catholics across the world to deepen their appreciation, love and faithful witness to God and his Word, Pope Francis said. By papal decree, the third Sunday in Ordinary Time – January 26 – is to be observed as a special day devoted to “the celebration, study and ... Read More »

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