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The ONLY Catholic Newspaper of the Brisbane Archdiocese. The Catholic Leader has an extraordinary history archiving the latest Catholic news for this extended community. It seeks to nourish people's spirituality while informing and inspiring them! The purpose of The Catholic Leader page is to provide an interactive forum where readers can gather and discuss information about the wide range of issues addressed by the work and mission of The Catholic Leader. Followers are encouraged to post questions, comments and concerns, but should remember this is a moderated online discussion hosted by The Catholic Leader. The Catholic Leader appreciates healthy, constructive debate and discussion; that means we ask that comments be kept civil in tone and reflect the charity and respect that marks Christian discourse. Comments will not be removed simply because they express opinions in disagreement with The Catholic Leader. However, comments that may be deleted include those that contain: Vulgar language (including vulgar abbreviations); Personal attacks or inflammatory remarks against a person or group; Content blatantly off topic; Spam; Links to sites that contain offensive material or attack the Archdiocese of Brisbane and its mission; Promotion of services, products, political organisations or agendas; Information that is factually incorrect The Catholic Leader reserves the right to remove posters who violate this policy. Comments left by others on TCL social media pages do not reflect the views of The Catholic Leader.

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Governor-General and wife speak to Lourdes Hill trail-blazers in virtual Q&A session | The Catholic Leader

Lourdes Hill College captains Katie and Samara and middle school leader Grace asked questions about leadership and sustainability to Governor-General David Hurley and his wife Linda.

catholicleader.com.au LOURDES Hill College student leaders jumped at the chance to sit down with Governor-General David Hurley and his wife Linda Hurley for a COVID-19 virtual question and answer session. College captains…

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Search for Christian unity is making progress 25 years on from St John Paul II's encyclical Ut Unum Sint | The Catholic Leader

“Many steps have been taken in these decades to heal the wounds of centuries and millennia,” Pope Francis said in a letter to Cardinal Kurt Koch, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity.
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catholicleader.com.au Marking the 25th anniversary of St John Paul II’s encyclical on Christian unity, Pope Francis said he shares “the healthy impatience” of those who think more can and should be done, but he also…

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Alice Carwardine's Lenten promise was to let nothing go to waste and it changed her life | The Catholic Leader

“Those messages and that drive that we get from all those external sources – to have more, to be seen to be doing more – all of that sort of stuff is so not what God sees,” Alice Carwardine said.

catholicleader.com.au ALICE Carwardine’s husband thought she was “just going through a phase”. How wrong he was. Forty days has turned into a whole new lifestyle. And James Carwardine is fully on board with his wife’s…

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Dr Donna Purcell looks back on Cherish Life’s 50 years of pro-life work | The Catholic Leader

Dr Donna Purcell’s been a leading figure in the pro-life movement in Queensland for much of the past 45 years, becoming Toowoomba branch president a couple of years after graduating from university.

catholicleader.com.au DONNA Purcell’s been fighting the good fight longer than most in the pro-life movement in Queensland and she’s not about to give up now. As Cherish Life celebrates the pro-life movement’s 50th…

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Isolated communities still months away from Mass celebrations | The Catholic Leader

It’s almost three months since a priest has visited the Catholic faithful of Coen, a remote indigenous community in far north Queensland.

catholicleader.com.au ISOLATION. It’s almost three months since a priest has visited the Catholic faithful of Coen, a remote indigenous community in far north Queensland. Usually in the first week of each month, Augustinian Fr Robert Greenup packs his swag and drives 500km to Coen, along the partly-dirt Peninsula Devel...

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Boosting at-home palliative care services could save Australia $450 million, new report shows | The Catholic Leader

Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge said the report showed “that there was more to palliative care than meets the eye”.

catholicleader.com.au A NEW report calls for an overhaul of the palliative care system in Australia, revealing it could save $450 million by boosting funding for at-home end-of-life services. Seen in the light of Australia’s end-of-life debate, the KPMG report bolsters the Catholic Church case that state governments sh...

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Language lessons at St Rita’s College take up international advice on new teaching strategies in pandemic | The Catholic Leader

St Rita's College Japanese teacher Chani-Alia Murtagh said she had been following language teachers in different countries for inspiration via Instagram.

catholicleader.com.au LANGUAGE students at a Brisbane’s St Rita’s College are benefiting from a variety of new teaching strategies shared by teachers from across the globe during the COVID-19 lockdown. The college’s Japanese teacher Chani-Alia Murtagh said she had been following language teachers in different count...

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Smiling faces as students head back to classes and see friends after six weeks at home under restrictions | The Catholic Leader

For families across Australia, it’s back to some state of normal, with a return to school welcomed after six weeks at home as part of enforced COVID-19 restrictions.

catholicleader.com.au FOR families across Australia, it’s back to some state of normal, with a return to school welcomed after six weeks at home as part of enforced COVID-19 restrictions. “There were lots of smiling faces, and students are just happy to be back with their friends,” Southern Cross Catholic College.....

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Adelaide archdiocese welcomes new shepherd to St Francis Xavier’s Cathedral | The Catholic Leader

Ancient ceremony and lockdown restrictions clashed in an historic occasion as Archbishop Patrick O’Regan was invited into a near-empty cathedral at an Installation Mass on May 25.

catholicleader.com.au THREE knocks on the door of St Francis Xavier’s Cathedral and Apostolic Administrator Bishop Greg O’Kelly welcomed in the ninth Archbishop of Adelaide – Archbishop Patrick O’Regan. Ancient ceremony and lockdown restrictions clashed in an historic ceremony as Archbishop O’Regan was brought ...

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The Ascension is a 'bridge between Easter and Pentecost', a bridge we all stand on in this time | The Catholic Leader

"As Christians, mission is the main game. It’s not that the church has a mission. The mission of Jesus has a church."

catholicleader.com.au This is a homily delivered at Mary, Mother of Mercy Church, Burleigh Waters drawing a connection between the Ascension, the strange times we’ve been living through during COVID-19, and answering a…

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Vinnies set for 'wave' of need, a need that was present in Queensland even before COVID-19 outbreak | The Catholic Leader

Vinnies is working hard to prepare for a surge in the number of people seeking help as COVID-19 restrictions ease.

catholicleader.com.au VINNIES in Queensland are gearing up for a “wave” of people needing support in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The St Vincent de Paul Society’s Queensland chief executive officer Kevin Mercer said…

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Faithful rejoice as church doors open again after months of lockdown, restrictions still in effect | The Catholic Leader

“People are interested in God. I mean even if the churches are closed, their hearts are not closed – that’s what I realised during this period of time,” Fr Dantus Thottathil said.

catholicleader.com.au CHURCHES across the country are re-opening, with restrictions on public worship starting to ease. Under an updated COVID-19 Safe Plan for Brisbane Archdiocese, parishes are welcoming a staged return…

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Support future priests in the fight against homelessness

This just in... The young men discerning the call to be priests in Canali House will be sleeping rough for the Vinnies CEO Sleepout on June 18.

"Please support these men who are discerning priesthood from our Archdicoese, that together we can fight homelessness in Australia." - Vocation Brisbane director Fr Stanley Orji

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Former Iona College rector called to lead Wagga Wagga diocese | The Catholic Leader

Another surprise appointment for Bishop Mark Edwards, who left Iona Brisbane to become a bishop in 2014: “Please pray for me that I may offer the service that the Diocese needs. I will pray for you.”

catholicleader.com.au WAGGA Wagga Catholics have ended their four-year wait for a Bishop after Pope Francis appointed Indonesian-born “global citizen” Bishop Mark Edwards as its new shepherd. The Melbourne auxiliary…

Today is the Feast Day of St Philip Neri, pray for us 🙏

Living Waters Parish has been asking parishioners to send in photographs of their lockdown experience. Some photographs showed lifeless beaches, others captured the stillness of nature. What do your photographs say about your experience of COVID-19?

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Where others left Jesus' side, Mary stood at the foot of the cross 'and there she stands forever' | The Catholic Leader

Today, bishops across the country re-dedicated Australia to the care of our patroness Our Lady Help of Christians. “We look to her because she is the one who always stands beneath the cross of Jesus,” Archbishop Mark Coleridge said at the livestreamed Mass this morning.

catholicleader.com.au BRISBANE Archbishop Mark Coleridge said it was Mary who understood the “suffering of her children like no one else can” during his homily at the re-dedication Mass of Australia to the patroness Our…

Today, we celebrate the feast day of Australia's patroness, Our Lady Help of Christians. Catholic bishops have re-dedicated the country to her care to see us through this pandemic.

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'Unprecedented' has been over-used describing the fallout of COVID-19 but it's still true, Brisbane deacon says | The Catholic Leader

Financial economist Deacon Adam Walk said events like the COVID-19 pandemic, like the world wars or the Great Depression, sharpened people’s focus about what’s important in life.

catholicleader.com.au LIKE an omen of the road ahead, Australian Treasurer Josh Frydenberg suffered a coughing fit in the middle of his economic update speech in parliament on May 12, which replaced the budget speech traditionally held on the second Tuesday of May. Mr Frydenberg was tested for COVID-19 and the test came....

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Terry Lees writes he had to learn, again, how to know himself, to be himself, his true self in God's love | The Catholic Leader

"We are extravagantly and unconditionally loved by a most beautiful God. God does not hold our sins against us. God has already forgiven and forgotten them."

catholicleader.com.au IT took me awhile to come to the realisation of how simple my life really is now, and to accept that the simple life I lead is just as it was when I was a child. For, as I did then, so it is now – I live in the now – the present is ...

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Izzy is making each word count, using her public speaking gifts to call out injustice | The Catholic Leader

Izzy has been passionate about social justice issues since she was 11-years-old. "I think the injustice just struck me very deeply," she said.

catholicleader.com.au ISABELLA Hollewand is a typical 16-year-old – ploughing her way through exams towards the end of high school, catching up with friends whenever she can and generally enjoying life – but there’s…

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Queensland theologian looks to plenary council with hope for renewed spirit of Second Vatican Council | The Catholic Leader

Reverend Associate Professor Ormond Rush has spent seven years writing his new book, The Vision of Vatican II: Its Fundamental Principles, and hopes it will spur discussion about how the Church continues its transformative journey.

catholicleader.com.au A QUEENSLAND theologian sees the Australian Church’s plenary council as a perfect opportunity to re-engage with the principles of the Second Vatican Council, and continue the work that it started – a…

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Support network for graduate teachers more important than ever during pandemic | The Catholic Leader

St Rita's College deputy principal studies Maree Trims noticed professional learning meetings for new teachers had been cancelled due to pandemic restrictions. Concerned that they would be missing out on important networking and support, she reached out to make it happen.

catholicleader.com.au AS if embarking on a new career wasn’t enough of a challenge, graduate teachers were thrown into uncharted territory because of COVID-19, and schools moved to online learning. During her recent fortnightly meeting with the college’s graduate teachers, St Rita’s College deputy principal studies...

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Australian bishops will entrust the country to our patroness Mary, Help of Christians on her feast day | The Catholic Leader

Mary, Help of Christians has been Australia's patroness since 1844 and Catholics continue to depend on her loving care, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.

catholicleader.com.au AS the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect Australians’ lives, including their worship, the Catholic bishops will entrust the country to the care of Mary Help of Christians on her feast day next…

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Euthanasia cut from Queensland legislative agenda this term, palliative care must be focus | The Catholic Leader

The focus should now be on addressing Queensland's "severely lacking" palliative care, Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge said.

catholicleader.com.au QUEENSLAND Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has wiped euthanasia from her government’s legislative agenda for this term – announcing in parliament that a scheme to allow assisted dying for the…

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Aquinas College hands out hundreds of free meals for those who need them in tough times | The Catholic Leader

Friday Free Feedz saw hundreds of meals in the hands of those who needed them most. “We kind of had a real philosophy of no questions – we didn’t want to make any judgments – anyone who came through just let us know how many meals they needed,” AQUINAS COLLEGE assistant principal religious education Joe Alexander said.

catholicleader.com.au IT started out as Friday Free Feedz, a drive-thru style food distribution to those who needed it in Southport – “no questions asked, no explanations needed” – put on by Aquinas College, Ashmore staff…

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Plenary Council sessions postponed until 2021 and 2022, an opportunity to use ‘extra time wisely’ | The Catholic Leader

Plenary Council president Perth Archbishop Timothy Costelloe said the one-year delay would provide more certainty about travel and social distancing guidelines for the assembly.

catholicleader.com.au THE long-anticipated Plenary Council 2020 sessions, the first of which had been scheduled for this October, were pushed back to October 2021 and April 2022 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Last…

"He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty."

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UQ Chaplaincy and Latin American community bringing food and hope to students in need | The Catholic Leader

Newman Catholic Society UQ members have been busy filling hampers with pasta, rice and other food stuffs. And the Latin American Catholic Community has reached out to feed, support and shelter 210 students in their faith family.

catholicleader.com.au TRAPPED in Australia and no way to support themselves, no way to fly back home, no way to get support from family at home, no support from the government and no end in sight – local Catholics have…

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John McCarthy QC says Church leads the globe in eradicating slavery with Pope Francis at the helm | The Catholic Leader

“The greatest single anti-slavery advocate in the world is Pope Francis, and he had big experience in South America about all of this, because Buenos Aires (Argentina) is the hub of trafficking,” John McCarthy QC said.

catholicleader.com.au THE COVID-19 pandemic gives John McCarthy QC an added dimension to his anti-slavery work but he remains sharply focused on the bigger picture. The chair of Sydney archdiocese’s Anti-Slavery Taskforce and member of the Australian Catholic Anti-Slavery Network, like Pope Francis, wants to see the er...

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Vatican announces Special Laudato Si' Anniversary Year and it starts this Sunday | The Catholic Leader

Archdiocese of Brisbane already has a Living Laudato Si’ steering committee, and Catholic Justice and Peace Commission executive officer Peter Arndt said the new Vatican initiatives would help plans “concretely develop”.

catholicleader.com.au THE Vatican has declared a “Special Laudato Si’ Anniversary Year” starting almost immediately, and a seven-year action plan emphasising “ecological conversion”, and safeguarding and care for the…

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New Pregnancy Crisis CEO gives gifts of love to single mums in crisis on Mother’s Day | The Catholic Leader

The new Pregnancy Crisis CEO said the mothers at the safe house don't have anyone to give them a Mother's Day present. “You can see the change, how much they grow and flourish with the right support.”

catholicleader.com.au WHEN it comes everyday heroes, the new chief of Catholic charity Pregnancy Crisis cannot go past the single mothers raising their babies in the group’s Brisbane safe house. The new leader, who cannot…

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Don’t let another Easter pass, another day pass, missing out on the power of Christ offered to us | The Catholic Leader

It’s one of the most unacknowledged facts about the Catholic Church – we like to party, writes Jo Hayes.

catholicleader.com.au By Jo Hayes It’s one of the most unacknowledged facts about the Catholic Church – we like to party. The chocolate eggs and hot cross buns are now a distant memory for many, yet, the church is still celebrating the great and glorious feast that is Easter. Five weeks after Resurrection Sunday, the...

Pope Francis released his 54th World Communications Day message on Sunday, May 17. You can read the full message here: https://bit.ly/3e4yf3X
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The only Catholic newspaper of Brisbane Archdiocese. The Catholic Leader has an extraordinary history reporting Catholic news for the extended community. It seeks to nourish people's spirituality while informing and inspiring them. The purpose of The Catholic Leader page is to provide an interactive forum where readers can gather and discuss information about the wide range of issues addressed by the work and mission of The Catholic Leader. Followers are encouraged to post questions, comments and concerns, but should remember this is a moderated online discussion hosted by The Catholic Leader. The Catholic Leader appreciates healthy, constructive debate and discussion; that means we ask that comments be kept civil in tone and reflect the charity and respect that marks Christian discourse. Comments will not be removed simply because they express opinions in disagreement with The Catholic Leader. However, comments that may be deleted include those that contain: Vulgar language (including vulgar abbreviations); Personal attacks or inflammatory remarks against a person or group; Content blatantly off topic; Spam; Links to sites that contain offensive material or attack the Archdiocese of Brisbane and its mission; Promotion of services, products, political organisations or agendas; Information that is factually incorrect The Catholic Leader reserves the right to remove posters who violate this policy. Comments left by others on TCL social media pages do not reflect the views of The Catholic Leader.

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