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Faith-filled leaders thanked for dedication

Faith-filled leaders thanked for dedication

TWO remarkable Catholic leaders have been praised for their compassion, wisdom and kindness. Cardinal Edward Clancy and Bishop Edmund (Ted) Collins have been remembered after their deaths with affection and love by friends, family and colleagues. Cardinal Edward Clancy of Sydney was laid to rest after a Mass of Christian burial at St Mary’s Cathedral on August 9. Cardinal Clancy, ... Read More »

MH17 victims remembered

MH17 victims remembered

MELBOURNE Archbishop Denis Hart shared words of consolation and hope to grieving family members at a National Memorial Service for the victims of flight MH17 in St Patrick’s Cathedral, Melbourne on August 7. “Our hearts go out to the family members of those who have died – we assure them of our love and support at this special moment,” Archbishop ... Read More »

Family’s story to help others

Family’s story to help others

By Paul Dobbyn BRUCE and Denise Morcombe are adamant the recently launched book on their son Daniel’s too-short life and tragic death is “definitely not a crime novel”. Speaking from the Daniel Morcombe Foundation office at Woombye’s Big Pineapple complex, Bruce said “the terrible crime which took Daniel’s life is definitely an ingredient – it’s obviously been our journey for the ... Read More »

Cardinal Clancy resting in peace

Cardinal Clancy resting in peace

By Paul Dobbyn FORMER Archbishop of Sydney Cardinal Edward Clancy, who died aged 90, has been described by long-time friend Cardinal Edward Cassidy as a “great pastor”. “Sydney archdiocese was blessed to have had him in these not-so-easy years,” Cardinal Cassidy said. Cardinal Clancy, the city’s seventh archbishop and predecessor to Cardinal George Pell, died early Sunday, August 3 at ... Read More »

Christian Brothers reach out to the poor in the Philippines

Christian Brothers reach out to the poor in the Philippines

By Paul Dobbyn THE Christian Brothers have expanded their empowerment of disadvantaged youth in the Philippines with the opening of an Edmund Rice Centre in Kabankalan diocese. The centre, recently opened by the diocese’s Bishop Patricio Buzon, includes three classrooms, office space for wider ministry operations and food provision services to the most needy of children. Christian Brothers Oceania Province ... Read More »

Support for asylum seekers builds

Support for asylum seekers builds

By Paul Dobbyn A “GROUNDSWELL of public concern” about Australia’s treatment of asylum seekers has been discerned by three Brisbane Catholics involved in raising awareness about the issue. The three activists – community engagement co-ordinator at Mercy Community Services’ Romero Centre Rebecca Lim; centre volunteer and teacher at Lourdes Hill College Steve Jorgensen; and community forum organiser Brendan Scarce – ... Read More »

Hopes rise that Nitschke suspension opens eyes

Hopes rise that Nitschke suspension opens eyes

By Paul Dobbyn ANTI-euthanasia activist Paul Russell hopes the suspension of Dr Philip Nitschke from practising medicine may lead to greater public awareness of the pitfalls in allowing euthanasia to be legalised in Australia. Brisbane archdiocese’s Queensland Bioethics Centre director Dr Ray Campbell shared Mr Russell’s opinion. “In a sense, Dr Nitschke is a good example of why it is ... Read More »

Schools mourning Sr Philomene

Schools mourning Sr Philomene

By Paul Dobbyn THE death of Murgon-born Sacred Heart Sister Philomene Tiernan aboard Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 has impacted on many of her students both past and present including communities at Stuartholme School in Brisbane and Kincoppal-Rose Bay School in Sydney. Sr Tiernan completed her secondary education as a boarder at Stuartholme School, Brisbane, and eventually was a teacher and ... Read More »

At AIDS conference, Catholics worry about reduced funding for programs

At AIDS conference, Catholics worry about reduced funding for programs

CATHOLICS gathered for the 20th International AIDS Conference in Melbourne worry that medical advances against the HIV pandemic are leading to decreased attention and less funding for the struggle against the deadly virus. “AIDS is not a designer charity anymore,” said Maryknoll Father Rick Bauer, a Namibia-based United States missionary who heads the international Catholic HIV and AIDS Network. “People ... Read More »

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