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Former barrister-turned-liturgist says liturgy is ‘food for the soul’

Susan Fajardo

SUSAN Fajardo loves the Mass, but certain things that sometimes happen when she’s there disturb her intensely. She gets so disturbed that she’s taking on years of study to give herself a chance to do something about it. It all started when a priest in her suburban Brisbane parish gave her the role of liturgist, and trained her in preparing ... Read More »

New book outlines ongoing battles for life across Australia

Julie Borger with new pro-life book

FOR the past two years, Julie Borger has stood on the frontline advocating for Queensland’s politicians to reject proposals to legalise abortion. Now the Cherish Life Queensland president has written a book defending the sanctity of life based on biblical ethics, and warning of “a culture of death” threatening to engulf our society. “This is the greatest genocide in the ... Read More »

Brisbane artist guided by higher power travelling to Rome to see her work in the Vatican

Antoinette Wijeyakulasuriya

WHEN Brisbane artist Antoinette Wijeyakulasuriya starts to paint she knows in her “minds eye” exactly how the finished artwork will look. “The Holy Spirit is guiding me, and that is the joy of it,” Mrs Wijeyakulasuriya said from her home studio where she produces exquisite oil paintings that range from naturalistic landscapes to portraits and abstracts. Her acclaimed work, Holy ... Read More »

Leaders confirm Catholic Church will join the national redress scheme

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THE Australian Catholic Bishops Conference and Catholic Religious Australia have today confirmed that the Church will enter the national redress scheme for survivors of child sexual abuse when that becomes possible under national legislation. “Since as early as 2013, the Catholic Church has called for a national redress scheme for survivors of child sexual abuse,” ACBC president Archbishop Mark Coleridge ... Read More »

Father and son to re-enact life of Augustine and Adeodatus in Brisbane concert

Simon and Samson Hylands

REAL-life father and son Simon and Samson Hyland will portray one of the Church’s most inspiring and even surprising father-son relationships on stage in Brisbane next week. Mr Hyland, a Sydney-based teacher and father-of-three, will return to his home city of Brisbane with his 14-year-old son to take on the roles of St Augustine and his son Adeodatus, for a ... Read More »

Pope calls Australians to be leaven of ‘holiness, justice and reconciliation’ in Plenary Council blessing

Pope Francis offers blessing for Plenary Council

THE Catholic Church in Australia has officially launched the Plenary Council 2020 – with support and blessings from Pope Francis – setting off a three-year conversation about the future shape of the Church and its mission. Launched on the feast of Pentecost, May 20, the plenary council will culminate in gatherings in 2020 and 2021 to consider the Church’s governance, ... Read More »

95-year-old retired veteran becomes Catholic: ‘All my life I’ve been searching’

Stanley Everett

THEY say practice makes perfect, and the saying couldn’t be truer for Brisbane’s newest Catholic. British and Australian army veteran Stanley Everett turns 96 in July, and will spend the rest of his life practising the tenets of the Catholic faith after receiving the sacraments of baptism, confirmation and Holy Communion last week. “I’m feeling there’s still a lot to ... Read More »

Archbishop Philip Wilson to step aside as leader of Adelaide archdiocese

Archbishop Philip Wilson

Updated: May 25 at 1:10pm ADELAIDE Archbishop Philip Wilson has announced arrangements for the running of the archdiocese, after he was found him guilty of concealing child sex abuse in a case that dates back to the 1970s. After a guilty verdict in a New South Wales court on May 22, Archbishop Wilson said he would stand aside from his role, but ... Read More »

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