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BallyCara CEO Marcus Riley tells UN to stop elderly discrimination

Marcus Riley addressing the UN

  BRISBANE’S Marcus Riley told a United Nation’s forum in New York that access to quality long term care and palliative care were crucial to the global ageing society, and urged the elimination of elderly discrimination and neglect. Mr Riley, chief executive officer of BallyCara that provides retirement living, residential aged care and community care in south-east Queensland, is also ... Read More »

Archbishop Coleridge says proposed bill allowing abortion at any time not a women’s health issue

Archbishop Mark Coleridge

BRISBANE Archbishop Mark Coleridge has hit back at Queensland’s pro-abortion MPs who claim that the state’s draft bill to legalise abortion was a “health issue” and supports a “woman’s choice”. “When you talk about abortion you’re talking about two lives the mother and the child and both lives matter,” Archbishop Coleridge said. He said a proposed abortion bill to be ... Read More »

Pope accepts Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson’s resignation

Philip Wilson

POPE Francis has accepted the resignation of Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson convicted of concealing child abuse by a priest, taking action amid loud and public calls for his dismissal from Catholics, priests and even the prime minister. Wilson, 67, who submitted his resignation to the Pope on July 20, said he hoped his decision would be a “catalyst to heal ... Read More »

New project to collect energy consumption data from 141 Brisbane Catholic schools

Rick Dalmau from Brisbane Catholic Education

CATHOLIC schools in Brisbane have embarked on a far-reaching clean energy project that promises big power savings, and with the potential to set the Church on a pioneering path with Laudato Si’. “It’s got huge potential in Australia, and I think it has application overseas,” Jacqui Remond, the co-founder of the Global Catholic Climate Movement and Laudato Si’ consultant on ... Read More »

‘Bishop of the wheelchairs’ brings joy and hope to Cambodians

Bishop Enrique "Kike" Figaredo

JESUIT Father Enrique “Kike” Figaredo is known internationally as the bishop of the wheelchairs for his unique mission to Cambodia’s disabled, many of them maimed by landmines. Bishop Kike believes the sufferings of life are balanced out by love – a lesson learnt in a country where three decades of war has taken a severe toll. “Right after the war, ... Read More »

Dominican priest condemns separation of Tamil family after husband’s deportation

Fr Pancras Jordan

A BRISBANE Dominican priest has added his voice to calls for fair process for asylum seekers and their families, after a Tamil man was deported from Australia and then arrested in Sri Lanka. “This is calculated cruelty. It contravenes the basic right of the family,” Fr Pan Jordan, who works closely with Brisbane’s Tamil community, said. On July 13, the ... Read More »

Brisbane obstetrician and gynaecologist to lobby state politicians about dangers of decriminalising abortion in Queensland

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A LEADING Catholic surgeon has vowed to lobby state politicians, and enlist the support of doctors and nurses to highlight the dangers of decriminalising abortion in Queensland. “We’ve got 13 weeks to get our message across,” Dr McLindon, an obstetrician and gynaecologist at Brisbane’s Mater Hospital said. A Labor government bill to be tabled in parliament next month and expected ... Read More »

Artist who sculpted busts and statues of Tony Abbott, Victor Chang says John Paul II an inspiration

Linda Klarfeld

RENOWNED sculptor Linda Klarfeld sees plenty of potential creating artworks in her new home on the Gold Coast. “Queensland is the next frontier so, for me, that’s exciting,” Linda said as she prepared for a studio opening at Southport. Her works include both religious and secular themes, and her subjects are the rich, the famous, sporting icons and those closest ... Read More »

Medical couple studying in Australia returning home to run Iraq’s first and only Catholic hospital

Iraqi medical students with Archbishop Mark Coleridge

AN Iraqi medical couple studying in Australia are preparing to return to their war-torn homeland to operate a new and unique Church-run hospital. Dr Saveen Oghana and Ban Isaqi, a dentist, have spent the past year studying master’s degrees at ACU’s Brisbane campus – equipping them with health administration skills needed to run a new Catholic hospital in Erbil in ... Read More »

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