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Bli Bli child care centre calms coronavirus fears with glistening activity

Bli Bli child care centre calms coronavirus fears with glistening activity

WHEN children at an outside school hours care centre in Bli Bli started saying they might die from coronavirus, director Isaac May decided to “change the script” on the pandemic with the help of glitter. Mr May said older children from Good Samaritan College, located in the rural Sunshine Coast town of Bli Bli, were passing on fears to younger ... Read More »

Brisbane archbishop suspends Sunday Masses amid coronavirus pandemic, weekday Masses to go ahead

Brisbane archbishop suspends Sunday Masses amid coronavirus pandemic, weekday Masses to go ahead

BRISBANE Archbishop Mark Coleridge announced all Sunday Masses, including Saturday vigil, were suspended with immediate effect until further notice and all the faithful were dispensed from their Sunday obligation. In a pastoral letter, Archbishop Coleridge said these were “anxious times” as the country entered into “new and uncharted territory”. “The spread of the coronavirus is alarming for a generation that ... Read More »

Brisbane priest in self-isolation after returning home from Italy last week

Brisbane priest in self-isolation after returning home from Italy last week

BRISBANE priest Fr Michael Grace has lived off Coles home deliveries and Domino’s pizza for the past week after Italy’s national lockdown forced him to return home to Brisbane under self- isolation. Fr Grace is in his final semester of a Licentiate of Spiritual Theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome but his studies are on hold after the ... Read More »

Brisbane Archbishop Emeritus John Bathersby laid to rest in St Stephen’s Cathedral

Brisbane Archbishop Emeritus John Bathersby laid to rest in St Stephen’s Cathedral

BRISBANE Archbishop Emeritus John Bathersby was laid to rest in the city’s St Stephen’s Cathedral today (March 16), remembered as a popular churchman of strong spirit, humour and genuine interest in the lives of others. “In life, John cherished and preached the Gospel of Christ,” Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge said during a funeral Mass. It was a Mass celebrated in ... Read More »

High Court reserves decision on the fate of Cardinal George Pell after two-day hearing

High Court reserves decision on the fate of Cardinal George Pell after two-day hearing

THE High Court of Australia has reserved a decision on whether to overturn Cardinal George Pell’s convictions for child sexual abuse. After two days of hearing from both Cardinal Pell’s lawyer and the prosecution, the court’s full bench of seven judges reserved a decision whether Cardinal Pell will be allowed to appeal his conviction. Both legal teams have been given ... Read More »

Brisbane parish raises thousands for bushfire-affected parishioners in Narooma

Brisbane parish raises thousands for bushfire-affected parishioners in Narooma

“YOU don’t know me but …” – it was the voice of Stafford Vinnies conference president Alison Golden on the line – “we have heard about what you are going through and we want to help”. It was a telephone call that Narooma St Vincent de Paul Society conference president Christine Huntsdale said “came out of the blue”. Narooma parish ... Read More »

Broome Bishop Christopher Saunders stands aside after abuse allegations

Broome Bishop Christopher Saunders stands aside after abuse allegations

ONE of Australia’s longest serving bishops has stood aside amid the broadcast of allegations against him of historical sex abuse offences.  A Church message issued on March 10 by Perth Archbishop Timothy Costelloe said Broome Bishop Christopher Saunders has voluntarily stood aside from the ordinary administration of the diocese. The statement said the Holy See was “conscious of the particular ... Read More »

Breast cancer survivor backs new Mater-QUT research biobank

Breast cancer survivor backs new Mater-QUT research biobank

JANE Andersen was on her lunch break when she was told she had triple negative breast cancer. One week before her diagnosis, the Catholic mother-of-three found a lump on her breast while in the shower and scheduled appointments to detect if it was cancerous. “I went to get the results on a lunch break and got the bad news,” Mrs ... Read More »

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