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Brisbane community offers thanksgiving for 100 years of Columban Fathers’ evangelisation

THE Columban Fathers’ mission of spreading the Gospel message across the world has been honoured at a Mass to celebrate the order’s centenary. The Mass of Thanksgiving at Brisbane’s St Stephen’s Cathedral last Sunday celebrated the Missionary Society of St Columban evangelising the world. Among the concelebrating priests were five Columbans – Fr Noel Connolly, Fr Gary Walker, Fr Warren ... Read More »

Encouraging people in remote Australia live longer and healthier lives to prevent national crisis

THERE are grim health predictions for Australia’s ageing population a decade from now, particularly for people living in rural areas where health services are already lagging behind. A report by the Royal Flying Doctor Service estimates the population in 2028 will nudge 30 million and 15.6 per cent more rural Australians will be diagnosed with chronic illness including cancer. There ... Read More »

Retired Brisbane priest Fr Peter Luton honoured to meet Pope Francis in Rome

RETIRED Brisbane priest Fr Peter Luton has described meeting Pope Francis as a wonderful experience and a great honour. Fr Luton was presented to Pope Francis in St Peter’s Square during a visit to Rome last month. “People were cheering and yelling and I couldn’t hear what he (Pope Francis) was saying. He held my hand …  a wonderful experience,” ... Read More »

Legalising abortions not representative of the ‘core values and beliefs of the greater community’

ACBC president Archbishop Mark Coleridge

BRISBANE Archbishop Mark Coleridge has used a webcast discussion on abortion to call on Queensland MPs to vote against proposed laws to legalise abortion. Archbishop Coleridge said he didn’t seek to wage “ideological warfare”, but to insist on the basic truth that the lives of both mother and baby mattered. “We are talking about two lives, and both lives matter,” ... Read More »

Abortion bill to be put to a conscience vote

pro-life generation

  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 »

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