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Youth Off the Streets leader says young offenders need help

Fr Chris Riley

AUSTRALIA’S youth justice system is under extreme pressure. In the past few months incarcerated juveniles have rioted in Queensland, Western Australia and Victoria, with serious incidents in the Northern Territory. On November 10, up to 20 young offenders at Townsville’s Cleveland Detention Centre went on a night-long rampage that forced prison staff into hiding. Some sustained serious injuries and were ... Read More »

Timorese priest helped by Burleigh parish attends new church Dedication Mass on the Gold Coast

Fr Evaristo Da Costa

A PRIEST who grew up hiding in a forest amongst East Timor’s independence fighters has praised the efforts of Queensland Catholics helping to rebuild his war-ravaged village. Fr Evaristo Da Costa travelled to Burleigh Heads to personally thank parishioners who have spent the past five years raising money and donating for the reconstruction of his parish’s St Teresinha College in ... Read More »

New horizons in sight following Royal Commission hearings on the Catholic Church

Royal commission hearing

IN the wake of the Catholic Church’s final hearing before the Royal Commission into child sexual abuse, Church leaders from across Australia have held a day of “reflection and conversation” on child safety. The three-week Royal Commission hearing investigated the Church’s response to a crisis of child sexual abuse by members over six decades, and particularly the Church’s plans for child ... Read More »

Long-awaited Mary, Mother of Mercy Church opens at Burleigh Heads

Mary, Mother of Mercy Church

BRISBANE Archbishop Mark Coleridge praised “the vision and energy” of the Burleigh Heads community as he blessed and dedicated the new Mary, Mother of Mercy Church in Australia’s largest Catholic parish. “I praise God not only for the priests who have built this place, for the craftsmen who have done the same, but for all of you who have been ... Read More »

Island nations call for investigation into human rights abuses in West Papua

West Papua

SEVEN Pacific island nations have called for a United Nations investigation into alleged human rights abuses in Indonesia’s West Papua and Papua provinces where a separatist movement has simmered for decades. Vanuatu’s Justice Minister Ronald Warsal made the request during a session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, on behalf of his country as well as Tonga, Nauru, ... Read More »

Catholic advocates say State of the Environment report echoes Papal encyclical Laudato Si’

Environmental dilemma

CATHOLIC environmental advocates say the State of the Environment report recognises the links between climate change and human activity. Sister of Mercy Wendy Flannery, the convener of Climate Frontlines at Friends of the Earth, Brisbane, said the report “echoes Pope Francis’ Laudato Si’ in so many ways”. She said the report acknowledged what Pope Francis eloquently affirmed throughout his encyclical ... Read More »

Tensions over new Islamic centre in Gladstone fuelled by ‘unreal fears’

Interfaith meeting

COMMUNITY tensions over plans to build an Islamic centre in Gladstone are fuelled by “unreal fears”, a Church expert on Christian-Muslim relations says. Sydney’s Centre for Christian-Muslim Relations co-ordinator of Columban Father Patrick McInerney is regularly called upon to address religious and cultural concerns that increasingly confront Australian towns and city communities. In Gladstone, anti-Muslim sentiments are being voiced after ... Read More »

Two men charged over Toowong cemetery Cross of Sacrifice damage

Cross of Sacrifice

ON Ash Wednesday, a radical group of Brisbane Christian activists took extraordinary action. Members of the Catholic Worker movement allegedly attacked the Cross of Sacrifice, which has stood in Brisbane’s Toowong Cemetery since 1924. The word “allegedly” is used to describe their actions, however the men willingly admit what they did; in fact they shot photos and video and even ... Read More »

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