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Catholic communities digging deep to help farming families through the drought

  QUEENSLAND Catholic schools are digging deep to aid struggling farm families caught in the long drought. Fundraising to buy groceries and feed livestock, and waiving school fees are some of the efforts being offered to families facing financial hardship. Term-two school fees were waived at Catholic primary schools in Longreach, Barcaldine and Blackall. Some of Brisbane’s elite Catholic colleges ... Read More »

Jaya’s Taki courageous story told at Parliament House forum highlights the horrors of abortion

JAYA Taki was tearful, but determined to share her personal experience of being coerced into abortion. “As I was to eventually find out domestic violence and abortion are closely linked, and stories such as mine are more common than we would ever think,” the young mother told MPs and concerned citizens attending a forum in Queensland’s parliament house building, to ... Read More »

Cardinal Edwin O’Brien asks for prayers to help Pope Francis unify the Church

THE Grand Master of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem has made a visit to Brisbane, encouraging seminarians in their priestly vocation as he visited the Holy Spirit Seminary. In Brisbane, United States Cardinal Edwin O’Brien was also preparing to invest three new members into the order, including Townsville Bishop Tim Harris, John Whelan and Therese Gattas. During ... Read More »

‘The world needs the saving message of the Gospel more than ever’

BRISBANE Archbishop Mark Coleridge has told a Catholic communications conference in Brisbane the Church has to find its distinctive voice if it was to make a contribution to Australian society. Archbishop Coleridge said there needed to be a “communications conversion”, and challenged Catholic journalists and communications specialists from dioceses across the country to take a lead role. “… In the ... Read More »

Imogen Leslie tells political forum on abortion and disability about her value

IMOGEN Leslie stood up in a packed forum inside Queensland Parliament House last week to deliver an important message to MPs about abortion and disability. “I have Down syndrome and my life is worth living,” the 12-year-old from Warwick said at a forum convened by pro-life advocates to discuss the state’s proposed bill to legalise abortion. “If I was to ... Read More »

Former union leader Peter Kindness marvelled by ‘the great Creator of the universe’

Peter Kindness

PETER Kindness finds beauty and quiet pleasure in birdwatching by Moreton Bay. It’s a cherished pastime for the 80-year-old former union leader, who has known the rough and tumble of politics, has faced death and found God’s renewal, and stands up for his beliefs. He’s been a staunch Labor supporter, was arrested for demonstrating during the Joh Bjelke-Petersen era, and ... Read More »

‘Sixth-most powerful person in Queensland’ says Catholicism gives him meaning and direction

Karl Morris and sons

AFTER more than 30 years in financial services and wealth management, Karl Morris admits his profile has never been higher than right now. “Even though I’ve had a number of public positions, I’ve had a very private life,” Mr Morris, father-of five, told a menALIVE Father’s Day breakfast in Brisbane. “This changed recently when I became chairman of the Brisbane ... Read More »

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