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From alcoholism to Christ -- Matt Talbot has become an inspiration for those battling addiction

Jul 14, 2024

VENERABLE Matt Talbot, an Irishman whose journey from alcoholism to the heights of holiness has inspired many who struggle with addiction, is being considered for sainthood in the Church. After spending more than a decade of his life as an alcoholic,...

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Bishop Norton urges Catholics to bring God's mission to the excluded

Jul 13, 2024

GOD'S mission for the Church walks two paths at once - the inbound road, towards the renewal of faith at the centre of our hearts and our communities, and the outbound road, bringing Jesus to the world, all the way to the leper at the margin. "God is...

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BCE team win award for challenging domestic and family violence

Jul 12, 2024

FIVE educators from St Teresa's Catholic College Noosaville have been announced as the winner of the Archdiocese of Brisbane's Spirit of Catholic Education Award 2024 for challenging domestic and family violence. The team was selected as the...

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Bishop Howell's first year in Toowoomba diocese

Jul 12, 2024

TOOWOOMBA Bishop Ken Howell took his seat in St Patrick's Cathedral 12 months ago and he says there has been a lot to learn and a lot of ground to cover. It has been a great year, he says. The highlight, he says, is getting around to the different communities,...

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Why is the St Benedict Medal so popular?

Jul 11, 2024

I REMEMBER when we were moving houses, my wife and I were unpacking a box of religious paraphernalia we had collected over the years. At the bottom, fallen between the encyclicals and a truly staggering tangle of rosary beads, was the silvery glint of...

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Sacred art opens Drieli's eyes to eternal beauty

Jul 11, 2024

DRIELI Roveda and her husband Lee were racing in a taxi to catch a pre-booked tour of the Vatican while honeymooning in Italy in 2019. "I wasn't in a good mood, we were running late and I was saying to my husband, 'Let's just go do something else'," she...

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Legendary educator Sr Elvera Sesta says farewell to St Rita's College after 60 years of teaching

Jul 10, 2024

PRESENTATION Sister Elvera Sesta walked arm-in-arm with student leaders through a sea of cheering students after 60 years of teaching and "not a day worked" at St Rita's College, Clayfield, on July 9. "I love teaching," she said. "It was never a job to...

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Synod's second guiding document - what is it all about?

Jul 10, 2024

THE Church is preparing for the second assembly of the Synod on Synodality in October and to help guide the discussion, as it did last year, the Holy See has produced a 50-page guiding document, called an instrumentum laboris. Australian Catholic Bishops...

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Open invitation to the launch of the Saint John Henry Newman College, with guest speakers Danny and Leila Abdallah

Jul 9, 2024

ST John Henry Newman College will be a community who want their children educated in the faith in co-operation with the family. This was the message from foundation principal Kenneth Crowther, who spoke with The Catholic Leader ahead of Newman College's...

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NAIDOC Mass brings hope and strength to ongoing work of reconciliation

Jul 9, 2024

THE way of God and the way of the Church is to unite, not divide; to heal, not wound; to include, not exclude, Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge said at last Sunday's NAIDOC Mass. "This isn't a political path," he said. "It is the path of the Gospel...

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