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Grieving crew consoled by members of Stella Maris mission

BRISBANE’S Stella Maris seafarers mission has provided prayers and pastoral support for a grieving ship’s crew after their captain died suddenly at sea. The cargo carrier Sofrana Tourville 2 docked in Brisbane on June 16, and its 18-member Filipino crew requested the services of a priest after the vessel’s captain’s death en route from Noumea. Members of Centacare’s Stella Maris ... Read More »

Social distancing has made it harder for domestic and family violence survivors to get help

SOCIAL distancing measures have increased domestic and family violence pressures as women and children struggle to escape perpetrators isolated at home with them who limit their access to help, Centacare Domestic and Family Violence frontline workers say. “The risk that social isolation with the current pandemic raises is that domestic violence often happens in silence,” Centacare Maroochydore Family and Relationship ... Read More »

Archbishop Mark Coleridge directs parishes to adopt liturgical changes in face of COVID-19

BRISBANE Archbishop Mark Coleridge has directed Brisbane parishes to adopt changed liturgical practices for the peace of mind of local Catholics in the wake of the coronavirus (COVID-19), effective from March 5. In a statement, he said Brisbane archdiocesan directors and Brisbane Auxiliary Bishop Ken Howell had been meeting daily to monitor the advice of Queensland Health. Queensland Health had ... Read More »

Australian bishops seeking to calm coronavirus alarmism

PARISHES and dioceses taking precautions like refusing to offer Holy Communion from the chalice to combat the novel coronavirus outbreak in China were not called to do so. The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference issued a statement that said they had “not called for the suspension of any practices at Mass in response to novel coronavirus that appeared in China and ... Read More »

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