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North Queensland bishops say legalised euthanasia without improving palliative care is simply immoral

TOWNSVILLE Bishop Tim Harris and Anglican North Queensland Bishop Keith Joseph have issued a joint statement criticising the latest push towards euthanasia by the Queensland Parliament. “As a society we rightly detest murder and suicide: for we rightly hold that human life is precious and should be protected,” the bishops said.  “Euthanasia is carried out either by helping someone end ... Read More »

‘God’s in the midst of all this, working through all the people volunteering to help,’ Bishop Tim Harris says as major flooding hits North Queensland

MONSOONAL rains plunged Townsville Diocese into a “once in a century” weather event, and while graziers and farmers in the western region rejoiced after years of drought, thousands of people in Townsville City’s catchment areas evacuated their homes and headed for dry land.  The Bureau of Meteorology reported Townsville received a year’s worth of rainfall in just nine days. BOM ... Read More »

Bishop Harris blesses classrooms at St Anthony’s

Bishop Tim Harris talks to students in a classroom

TOWNSVILLE Bishop Tim Harris joined the Preps and Year 1s of St Anthony’s Catholic College, Deeragun, to bless their new early-learning centre. Parish priest Fr Giles Setter, Townsville Catholic Education executive director Jacqui Francis, director of leadership and school development Ross Horner and State Member for Townsville Scott Stewart were among guests attending. The new facilities, known as the Primi ... Read More »

Townsville Bishop promises to continue and strengthen Church links with Papua New Guinea

Bishop Tim Harris in PNG

BISHOP Tim Harris has pledged to continue to deepen Townsville diocese’s relationship with Port Moresby archdiocese following a recent visit to the Papua New Guinea capital. In 2012, the late Bishop Michael Putney and the Archbishop of Port Moresby signed a significant and unique sister diocese agreement. The agreement allowed for the co-operation between the two dioceses in areas like ... Read More »

Homeless Jesus statue finally finds a resting place

Homeless Jesus

AFTER nearly two years of ideas, discussions and negotiations, the Homeless Jesus statue that was commissioned for the Year of Mercy in 2016 has finally found a home in the grounds of the Sacred Heart Cathedral, Townsville. Townsville Bishop Tim Harris was pleased that the statue was placed in the forecourt of the cathedral. “I believe that this is a ... Read More »

Missionary congregation based in India promises four priests to Townsville

Bishop Tim Harris in India

PRIESTS from an Indian missionary congregation already ministering in Brisbane are expected to start a new mission in Townsville diocese next year. Following a visit to Kerela, India, Townsville Bishop Tim Harris, Fr Rod Ward and Discalced Carmelite Father John Kunnathumadapillil have reported fruitful meetings took place with the provincial leaders of the Missionary Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament. “I’ve ... Read More »

Pope Francis tells new Australian bishops to listen

BISHOPS don’t discern God’s will by lording over his flock, but only by listening and participating in the lives of those entrusted to his care, Pope Francis has told 120 new bishops including four Australians. Speaking at the end of the annual training school for bishops, commonly known as the “baby bishops school”, Pope Francis reminded the bishops to “cultivate ... Read More »

Sr Carmel Arnold’s 21 years of service in Bowen comes to an end

Sr Carmel Arnold Returns to Townsville

AFTER more than 21 years of service to the Bowen community, Sister Carmel Arnold has been called back to Townsville. The last of the town’s Sisters of Mercy, Sr Arnold’s departure will bring to an end the 145-year presence of Sisters in the Bowen community. A Mass of Thanksgiving and farewell was celebrated by Bishop Tim Harris two weeks ago ... Read More »

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