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Until injustice against Indigenous peoples is healed, Australia will not be the land God calls it to be

NATIONAL Reconciliation Week goes to the heart of what God calls Australia to be, Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge said at the 8am livestreamed Mass from St Stephen’s Cathedral on May 26. Archbishop Coleridge prayed on National Sorry Day – the eve of National Reconciliation Week – for the Indigenous peoples of Australia and entrusted them to the mercy and justice ... Read More »

Meet Cynthia Rowan, Brisbane archdiocese’s new reconciliation action plan officer

ABORIGINAL educator Cynthia Rowan has taken on the important task of raising Indigenous awareness and introducing a reconciliation action plan (RAP) into the Archdiocese of Brisbane. “The concept of reconciliation is to build a respectful relationship between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and the broader Australian community – in this case the Catholic community,” 68-year-old Ms Rowan, a parishioner ... Read More »

New law requiring priests to break confession seal ‘premature and ill-judged’, Archbishop Coleridge says

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CHURCH leaders are standing firm in support of priests upholding the seal of confession as a “religious freedom”, despite a new law that would require a priest to break the seal to report allegations of child abuse and misconduct. Australian Catholic Bishops Conference president Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge described the new law – that will apply in the Australian Capital ... Read More »

Congregation founded by popular confessor seeing major reconciliation growth after Jubilee year

Oratory confessional re-installed

CONFESSORS from Australia’s first Oratory community say an increasing number of people are receiving the sacrament of penance regularly following the Year of Mercy. Oratory Father Andrew Wise said the original second confessional needed to be re-installed at Mary Immaculate Church, Annerley – the home of the Brisbane Oratory – to cope with the number of people lining up for ... Read More »

Bishops call for protection of confessional seal following Royal Commission’s recommendations

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PROTECTING the sacred dialogue between God and sinner in the confessional needs to be paramount if Australian lawmakers are to follow new recommendations proposed by the Royal Commission, Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge has said. Archbishop Coleridge was responding to the recommendations made by Royal Commission into child sexual abuse that would require members of clergy to report information even if ... Read More »

Missionary of Mercy took on the burdens of NSW’s far-flung faithful and will do it again in 2017

TRAVELLING Missionary of Mercy Fr Richard Shortall has finished an exhausting mission to lift the burdens of people in regional Australian communities. Living out of a motor home that ran off the water and electricity of churches, the Jesuit priest spent the past nine months visiting 30 communities in Maitland-Newcastle diocese to bring God’s mercy as a commissioned Missionary of ... Read More »

Queensland faithful drawn to day of Eucharistic adoration

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CHURCHES and confessionals across Queensland remained open for 24 hours to respond to Pope Francis’ call for the world to be “immersed in the mercy of God”. Brisbane archdiocesan parishes, including the communities of Kenmore; Redcliffe; Nambour; St Mary’s, South Brisbane; and Sandgate, opened their doors for adoration, communal prayer and Confession. Rockhampton diocese also organised a Eucharistic procession through ... Read More »

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