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South metro parishes reopen as Queensland reports no community transmission

PARISHES in Brisbane archdiocese’s south metro area have reopened their doors for Masses after the Queensland Government announced no community transmission had occurred following a coronavirus scare involving two teenagers travelling up from Victoria two weeks ago. Queensland shut its borders last Saturday and has only recorded one new case from a returned overseas traveller since, as of time of ... Read More »

In pictures – Explosion in Beirut adding suffering to Lebanon’s dire situation

HOSPITALS in the Lebanese capital are overwhelmed with those suffering injuries from a massive explosion in Beirut’s port, causing widespread damage to the city and rocking the tiny Mediterranean nation already devastated by the coronavirus and its worst financial crisis since the 1975-1990 civil war. “People won’t be able to rebuild their homes, businesses, livelihoods. There are reports of hospitals ... Read More »

Australian bishops put mental health first as lockdowns magnify unseen battle faced by millions

WITH Australia still gripped by pandemic, “understanding and support” for mental health has been identified as a nationwide priority in the 2020 Australian Catholic Bishops Conference social justice statement. COVID-19 is not only causing physical, social and economic strains, it is also heaping pressure on the mental health of many people in ways that are hard to see. “People experiencing ... 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 »

Albany Creek parisioner’s homemade face masks reaching as far as England

BETTY Scott’s homemade face masks are spreading like wildfire. Having begun to catch on around her Albany Creek parish, they’re now popping up in other parts of Brisbane, in Melbourne and even in England. “I just wanted to be a help, not a big deal,” Mrs Scott said, a little embarrassed about how news of her mask-making efforts had spread. ... Read More »

The Cathedral Coffee Lounge turns off the coffee machine for the final time

THE Cathedral Coffee Lounge had temporarily shut its doors in March because of COVID-19, but last Thursday, “with a sad heart”, it was decided that the doors would stay shut for good. It had battled a slowdown in foot traffic for years but, like many local joints, it was no match for lockdowns and quarantines. Catholic Women’s League Brisbane archdiocese ... Read More »

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