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‘A beautiful and profound experience’ – Easter joy rises in hearts of new Catholics everywhere

STORMY conditions didn’t stop Jesus from entering the hearts of more than 100 new Catholics as they were welcomed into the Church in Brisbane at Easter. The joy and hope of our Risen Jesus was experienced by thousands of parishioners across the state, especially during the Easter Vigil Masses. Candidates and neophytes lined the pews for Baptism and/or Confirmation in ... Read More »

Easter message – the time is right to get back to basics

This is an Easter message from Townsville Bishop Timothy Harris. At Easter, we celebrate Jesus risen from the dead and we sing with gusto “Alleluia”.   Our faith tells us that it happened and yet do our lives truly reflect that it happened? I mean, because Jesus rose from the dead, death does not have the last word in His life ... Read More »

Easter message – becoming Christ-like

This is an Easter message from Cairns Bishop James Foley. ONE Saturday afternoon earlier in Lent I visited people in two different aged care homes in Cairns. Maybe it is because I now am over 70 myself – in the afternoon tea time of life – as an English writer quaintly described it, but I was never more struck than ... Read More »

‘He is risen’ – Salesian Father Frank Freeman writes about the resurrection, the heart of our faith

IT is a difficult task to change people’s attitude or mind-set, as anyone engaged in education will readily tell you.   To change whole personalities, to turn around life’s patterns, needs a miracle. Twelve men, unlettered in the main, yet skilled in the practical aspects of the fishermen trade, once followed Christ for diverse reasons. Some dreamt of an earthly ... Read More »

Massacre remembered, journalist Mark Bowling reflects on a shocking event in East Timor in 1999

JUST as we have been remembering the horrors of Rwanda 25 years ago, another anniversary passed almost unnoticed this month – the 20th anniversary of a Church massacre on Australia’s doorstep, in East Timor. In April 1999, five months before East Timor’s vote for independence, dozens of people were killed inside a priest’s house and church courtyard in the idyllic ... Read More »

Risen Christ calls new Catholics into Brisbane family at Easter

St Mary's new Catholics

NEW Catholics were radiant with joy across Brisbane archdiocese as more than 100 people entered the Church this Easter. At St Mary’s, South Brisbane, parish priest Capuchin Father Lam Vu baptised eight adults and received a further four into full communion with the Church at the Easter Vigil Mass. Another adult was also confirmed at the Easter Vigil. Fr Vu ... Read More »

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