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Vietnamese martyrs’ faith lives on in Brisbane community

Vietnamese martyrs Mass

THE faith of martyrs shone through a crowd of up to 1400 Vietnamese Catholics at Inala in Brisbane last weekend. Ken Huynh, a volunteer with Brisbane’s Vietnamese Catholic Community, said 1200 chairs were set out for the annual Vietnamese Martyrs Mass on Saturday evening, but they weren’t enough. “They filled up quickly, and people were standing up; there were probably ... Read More »

Vietnamese to honour martyred ancestors

Vietnamese flag bearers

VIETNAMESE Catholics from throughout Brisbane archdiocese will be out in force on Saturday, November 21 to do what would have had hundreds of thousands of their ancestors tortured and killed. As they gather to profess their faith and celebrate Mass they will know their forebears were martyred for doing the same. Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge will be principal celebrant at ... Read More »

Persecuted for faith, Christians are united in bloodshed, Pope says

Christian leaders

CHRISTIANS are united in bloodshed as they suffer from violence and persecution in various parts of the world, Pope Francis told Christian leaders. Today’s martyrs were men and women, who through their witness to Jesus, were “persecuted and killed because they are Christian”, the Pope said on January 25 during an ecumenical prayer service marking the end of a Week ... Read More »

Survivors of Albania’s dictatorship give witness, move Pope to tears

Pope Francis in Albania

TWO survivors of Albania’s communist crackdown against the Church brought Pope Francis to tears with their stories during a vespers service in Tirana’s cathedral on September 21. “To hear a martyr talk about his own martyrdom is intense,” the Pope told journalists on the papal plane back to Rome the same evening. “I think all of us there were moved, ... Read More »

The feast of the Holy Innocents

Fr John Flader

QUESTION TIME  With Fr John Flader I have always been intrigued by King Herod ordering the killing of all boys under the age of two after the birth of Christ. What made him fearful about the birth of Our Lord, why would he order the killing of all those under two and why do we celebrate this massacre? THE events ... Read More »

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