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Abortion bill to be put to a conscience vote

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  A BILL to legalise abortion in Queensland is expected to be decided in a tight vote in the state’s parliament next week. This follows a party room meeting of the opposition Liberal National Party on October 9 in which MPs voted to allow a conscience vote. Opposition leader Deb Frecklington issued a statement saying although she supports a conscience ... Read More »

Fr Dang Nguyen overjoyed by Brisbane ordination

DANG Nguyen has fulfilled his childhood dream of becoming a priest. The Vietnamese 34-year-old, who joined the Augustinian order and moved to study in Australia a decade ago, reached the milestone event when Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge ordained him at St James’ Church, Coorparoo, on September 22. “I was overjoyed. Being able to fulfil my dream and to see how ... Read More »

With the death toll rising, Catholic aid agencies assisting victims of Indonesian quake and tsunami

CATHOLIC aid agencies are part of the international relief efforts for survivors in remote parts of the Indonesian island of Sulawesi in the aftermath of a 7.5-magnitude earthquake and devastating tsunami. Tens of thousands of people fled their homes when an earthquake struck Central Sulawesi province, and soon after a tsunami engulfed the main centres of Palu and Donggala and ... Read More »

Mike Duggan’s life was an inspiration to all who knew him

MIKE Duggan, who died in Brisbane recently, will be remembered for his clear vision to look past his own disability with eyes of faith, and to reach out to others in need. Mr Duggan was born with cerebral palsy, and was a passionate advocate for the rights of people with a disability. Brisbane auxiliary Bishop Ken Howell presided over a ... Read More »

Aged care advocates calling for royal commission to have broad scope

LEADING advocates for Australia’s ageing population have urged that the Royal Commission into aged care should have powers to examine beyond shocking cases of abuse and neglect highlighted in recent media reports. The Brisbane-based chairman of the Global Ageing Network (GAN) Marcus Riley said a royal commission should broaden its scope to examine connected issues in social policy, the legal ... Read More »

Hundreds of Toowoomba protesters voice their opposition to proposed bill to legalise abortion

By Mark Bowling QUEENSLAND Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and her cabinet meeting in Toowoomba have been met by pro-life protesters this week voicing opposition to the Government’s proposed bill to legalise abortion. Chanting “life, life, life”, more than 600 people joined a lunchtime rally outside the city hall on September 26, where the Premier and her cabinet colleagues were meeting. Rally ... Read More »

Toowoomba community campaign to rid regional city of pornography keeps growing

  A UNIQUE campaign to make Toowoomba a porn-free city is spreading across the country and has sparked international interest. Toowoomba is preparing for its third annual public rally next month during which the city’s mayor stands shoulder-to-shoulder with men from all walks of life and together they pledge not to watch pornography. “There is overwhelming research out now that ... Read More »

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 »

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