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Music, Mary and Metallica: Emma Fradd’s stairway to heaven

THERE were two things that changed Emma Fradd’s life. The first was the Gibson Flying V guitar James Hetfield of the heavy metal band Metallica strummed in the ’90s. Or more specifically, it was seeing her older brother hold a replica of the Mighty Het’s prized possession as a teenager.  “Little skinny white boy with a big axe guitar,” she ... Read More »

Iraqi Christians living in Brisbane who made a mass exodus from Qaraqosh rejoice at liberation of their region

iraqi liberation

BRISBANE’S Iraqi Christian refugees have joined worldwide celebrations as US-backed Iraqi forces regain towns and cities across northern Iraq, driving out Islamic State militants. Prayers, feasting and dancing accompanied news that Iraqi troops had taken back Qaraqosh, the mainly Christian town about 20km south-east of Mosul. “We are very excited, very happy,” said Kareem Patros, from the Parish of St ... Read More »

Four-month renovations under way for St Stephen’s Cathedral facelift

Cathedral renovations

LAYERS of tarpaulins have been the only things stopping a major flood from washing away the priests celebrating Mass at St Stephen’s Cathedral for the past two years.  The 2014 Brisbane hailstorm that forced the closure of dozens of Catholic schools and devastation among churches, also pounded against the roof at St Stephen’s. Cathedral dean Fr David Pascoe said rough ... Read More »

Asylum seeker Mojgan released from detention and reunited with husband

Mojgan is free

THE Brisbane family of 22-year-old Iranian asylum seeker Mojgan Shamsalipoor, is today coming to grips with her release from detention. She was awarded a bridging visa and released into the arms of her Australian resident husband, Milad Jafari yesterday after two years in detention centres in Brisbane and Darwin. The young couple immediately visited Milad’s family, and then went for ... Read More »

A place of prayer and blessings in Brisbane’s own backyard

Santa Teresa Ormiston

SPONSORED BY SANTA TERESA SPIRITUALITY CENTRE SANTA Teresa Spirituality Centre has hosted nine Pilgrims Days during the Year of Mercy for parish groups and individuals to come away and spend a day in quiet reflection and prayer. After an initial welcome, prayer and orientation session, pilgrims are given a wide range of activities and resources that can be used to ... Read More »

Northside parish welcomes newly arrived Syrian and Iraqi families to dinner

Welcome Dinner project

GOOD food, good will and a good idea formed the perfect recipe for bringing together a group of families from Iraq and Syria and people from their new communities on Brisbane’s northside. Those who accepted the invitation to a special night at the SANDBAG (Sandgate and Bracken Ridge Action Group) centre on August 9 provided the food and good will, ... Read More »

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