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Paul Lucas’ life is about giving thanks to the God of all creation

PAUL Lucas remembers the first time he read Laudato Si’ (On Care for Our Common Home) – he danced around the house. He laughs loudly as his memory of that day comes back. “I was just over the moon,” he said of Pope Francis’ encyclical as the Church celebrates the document’s fifth anniversary through the Season of Creation (September 1-October ... Read More »

Queensland bishops urge action on COVID-led social and economic issues as state election looms

QUEENSLAND’S Catholic Bishops have taken an unprecedented step into the political arena ahead of the Queensland election, demanding action on key social and economic issues and delivering a community call to arms to work with “common purpose” to find a way out of the COVID-19 crisis. “As Catholic citizens, we have the opportunity, like all citizens, to participate in the ... Read More »

Migrants and refugees bring energy and dynamism, says Bishop Vincent Long at Brisbane conference

PARRAMATTA Bishop Vincent Long has praised the contribution of waves of refugees and migrants to Australia during a seminar in Brisbane marking the start of a three-day national conference on Missionary Clergy and Religious in Australia. “Migrants and refugees always bring energy and dynamism to a new country,” Bishop Long said, speaking at the Ninth Bishop Joe Grech Memorial Colloquium ... Read More »

Escaping conflict and encampment, African refugees rise to leadership and strive to put God first

ONE of Brisbane’s oldest schools has for the first time named two African refugees as college captains, identifying the pair as leaders strongly committed to their faith and to Catholic social justice. The new captains at Brisbane’s inner-city St James College are Mariam Ajang, born in a refugee camp in Kenya after her family fled war-torn Sudan, and Paul Paul, ... Read More »

New paper highlights stories of pain, humiliation, fear of West Papuans

Peter Arndt

THREE years ago, Catholic social justice advocate Peter Arndt joined an international Christian pilgrimage to West Papua and heard an impassioned plea from the survivor of an alleged Indonesian military massacre. “I now realise that it was the moment when I began to enter into a deep solidarity with the people of West Papua and to understand the radical implications ... Read More »

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