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Northern Australia’s first missionary priest remembered 170 years later

Fr Angelo Confalonieri

AT the long-abandoned British settlement in Northern Australia, a crumbling grave vault marks the resting place of an extraordinary pioneering Catholic missionary. The largely forgotten story of Father Angelo Confalonieri has come alive, after the Consulate of Italy for Queensland and the Northern Territory and the Diocese of Darwin hosted a symposium on July 12 to commemorate his life, and, ... Read More »

Push to have women tested for Fragile X Syndrome ‘ethically troublesome’

lab test

A THORNY ethical dilemma surrounds a new push by doctors to have women screened for Fragile X Syndrome (FXS), linked to intellectual disabilities and the most common single genetic cause of autism. Researchers at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute and the University of Melbourne are recommending that women should be offered testing for FXS, an inherited genetic condition, if pregnant ... Read More »

Catholics leave comforts behind to roam city streets proclaiming the Gospel

Neocatechumenal Way evangelisation missions

FOR 10 days, Brisbane Catholic Stephen Kearney put his IT job on hold to tread the winter streets of Sydney’s inner west, announcing the Gospel. He took no money or mobile phone, only the Bible and rosary beads, and walked with a companion, a priest from Perth, visiting Catholic parishes, talking with priests and parishioners and anyone he met, knocking ... Read More »

Lay Catholic says Adani coalmine project ‘makes no sense’ in light of Church teaching

Peter Arndt at coalmine protest

GRANDPARENTS, mothers of children in strollers and Church advocates were amongst scores of anti-coalmine protesters that forced the front doors to close at Brisbane’s main branch of the Commonwealth Bank on July 27. The protesters crowded the footpath outside the bank’s Queen Street headquarters, calling for an end to the proposed $16.5 billion Adani mega-coalmine in Queensland’s Galilee Basin. “We ... Read More »

Logan Catholic leaders, mayor criticise national welfare drug test trial

Drug test trial

A FEDERAL Government decision to choose Logan as a site for a national drug testing trial for welfare recipients has missed something crucial – the human element. That’s the view of Catholics who work on the pastoral and welfare frontline of Queensland’s rapidly-growing city, southeast of Brisbane. “At a human level, it can be heartless. At a practical level it ... Read More »

Brisbane apostolate offers crucial support for seafarers

seafarers manager Lloyd West

AS cargo ships dock at the Port of Brisbane a Seafarers’ Mission minibus arrives to pick up crews for a few hours ashore and respite from their gruelling jobs. The Stella Maris Mission to Seafarers is a part of the worldwide Catholic Apostleship of the Sea Ministry, supported in Brisbane by Centacare Pastoral Ministries. The crew members are Filipino, Polish, ... Read More »

Report shows Australia headed towards a male teacher drought

Male Teachers in the Classroom

STRATEGIES are needed to attract more men to teaching, otherwise Australian schools are headed for a male teacher drought, a new report finds. The report Why Choose Teaching? – by the Learning Sciences Institute Australia (LSIA) at the Australian Catholic University and commissioned by the Queensland College of Teachers – recommends identifying aspiring teachers while they are still at high ... Read More »

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