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Mixed blessings for Catholics living on the land, praying for rain

IT’S been a summer of mixed blessings for many in Queensland’s Central West parishes – for some it’s beautifully wet and for others miserably dry. Graziers in that region have been battling through drought for almost a decade, one of the worst on record, and parishes have been praying for rain. Some parishioners have had their prayers answsered while others ... Read More »

Catholic duo reach number 1 on Apple’s podcast rankings

IF great minds had brainstormed how to create a podcast that would jump to No. 1 in Apple’s podcast rankings, they never would have landed on The Bible in a Year, joked Jeff Cavins, a biblical scholar and creator of the Great Adventure Bible Timeline. Yet, two weeks into 2021, The Bible in a Year with Fr Mike Schmitz tops the ... Read More »

Christians arrested at coal protest call on Church to recognise climate impact

POLICE made three arrests as the group Faith in Climate Action staged an anti-coal protest in Brisbane on November 13. Protesters kneeled and prayed outside the office headquarters of Aurizon – Australia’s largest rail freight operator – concerned at the company’s mammoth coal-hauling operations. “I’m here today because I can’t sit back while the future of my little boy is at ... Read More »

East Timorese Catholics take two carloads of donations to workers who lost everything in Bundaberg fire

BRISBANE’S East Timorese Catholic Community has reached out to help people from their homeland who lost their possessions in a recent Bundaberg fire. Lita Barreto, who is secretary and treasurer of the Brisbane group, and fellow community members drove to Bundaberg two weekends ago in two cars loaded with donations for the survivors of the fire. The Timorese seasonal workers ... Read More »

Catholic environmentalist says Australia has failed as God’s caretakers of earth following interim report

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CHURCH representatives have backed calls for stronger environmental protection laws and standards in Australia. Professor Graeme Samuel, recently released an interim report for his review of Australia’s Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act, saying the act was “ineffective” and “is not fit to address current or future environmental challenges”. “Australia’s natural environment and iconic places are in an overall state ... Read More »

Brisbane south-west parish postpones Mass, private prayer at church in wake of new COVID cases

DAILY Mass in Greater Springfield has been temporarily suspended as a precautionary measure following the confirmation of two new cases of coronavirus in Queensland. Our Lady of the Southern Cross parish announced on their Facebook page this afternoon that “as a precautionary measure daily Mass and personal prayer will stop until further notice”. It comes after Queensland Health this morning ... Read More »

Cardinal George Pell’s jail diary to be published, tipped to become a ‘spiritual classic’

A CATHOLIC publisher is seeking donations from supporters of Cardinal George Pell so that it can release his prison diary, describing it as “a spiritual classic”. Catholic publisher Ignatius Press hopes to release the diary in instalments, with the first volume likely to be published in 2021. Ignatius’ editor Jesuit Father Joseph Fessio has sent a letter to email subscribers ... Read More »

Beenleigh couple become Catholic in the middle of the pandemic

RICHARD and Lynnette Sargeant have held each others’ hands through cancer, a serious accident, and now a pandemic, so it made sense to see out the rest of their lives on a high note by becoming Catholics. With special permission from Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge, the married couple of nearly 48 years were received into full communion with the Catholic ... Read More »

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