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Brisbane and Suva Archbishops say Oceania ‘on front line of climate change’ in joint statement

Brisbane and Suva Archbishops say Oceania ‘on front line of climate change’ in joint statement

ON a day of global climate strikes by students, two of Oceania’s most influential Church leaders delivered an urgent environmental call to action. Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge and Suva Archbishop Peter Loy Chong described Oceania as being “on the frontline of climate change”. “Elsewhere it may seem a matter of scientific debate or a distant prospect but, for the peoples ... Read More »

Climate strikers take to the streets around the world

Climate strikers take to the streets around the world

STUDENTS mingled with grandparents, mothers with strollers, and workers in Hi-Vis vests. In 115 cities and towns across Australia, and across the globe to United Nations headquarters in New York, millions rallied under the broad banner of “School Strike for Climate” on September 20 to confront the climate crisis and press for change. They represented all ages and all walks ... Read More »

How do you keep parish numbers up? This priest says invest in young people

How do you keep parish numbers up? This priest says invest in young people

KENMORE parish is investing in young people. The parish invested time and money to send a group of 13 to the 2017 Australian Catholic Youth Festival in Sydney. The group, which included parish priest Fr Mark Franklin, were inspired by their trip and wanted to take youth parish ministry to the next level. They enlisted the help of Evangelisation Brisbane ... Read More »

University welcomes dogs, cat, and even alpacas for the annual Franciscan animal blessing

University welcomes dogs, cat, and even alpacas for the annual Franciscan animal blessing

“EVERYONE loves animals,” Colleen Tracey said, holding her Maltese cross bichon frise dog Teddy at this year’s Australian Catholic University Brisbane campus animal blessing on September 12. Mrs Tracey, the Brisbane campus ministry staff pastoral associate, said animals had a way of bringing people together and knocking down barriers. “This is a celebration of the interconnectedness of all creation in ... Read More »

Generosity of spirit on show in bushfire crisis as Vinnies launches fire disaster appeal

Generosity of spirit on show in bushfire crisis as Vinnies launches fire disaster appeal

“DISCIPLESHIP in action” is how a parish priest described the selfless contribution of Queenslanders who witnessed their homes surrounded by bush fires, yet took action to help their neighbours. At Peregian Beach in Noosa District Parish, Fr Jason Middleton thanked local Catholics for their generosity of spirit assisting others, as fire raged around them. “They took people into their homes, ... Read More »

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