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Catholic world has eyes on Australia’s Plenary Council, US theologian says

Richard Gaillardetz

THE entire Catholic world is watching as the Church in Australia moves towards the Plenary Council 2020, according to one of America’s leading theologians. “I think this is one of the most important things that is going to happen in the Church – universal – in the next four or five years,” Joseph Professor of Catholic Systematic Theology, Boston College, ... Read More »

‘It’s not a step forward for rural health’: Theodore residents protest to save town’s maternity service

McIntyre family

RESIDENTS in a small central Queensland town where women are being forced to travel hundreds of kilometres to give birth are battling to have their local hospital maternity ward reopened. The people of Theodore raised more than $70,000 to help repair the maternity ward, part of a $2 million government overhaul, after the hospital was ravaged by floodwaters; only to ... Read More »

Pentecostal leader to Catholics: ‘God wants to see Catholic churches filled with young people’

Karolina Gunsser

PENTECOSTALS buck the trend when it comes to falling numbers amongst churches in Australia. Their congregations are growing strongly particularly amongst the young. When Brisbane’s Karolina Gunsser, a community leader with Citipointe Church, Redcliffe, took to the stage at the recent Proclaim 2018 Conference, she had a powerful message for Catholics about how to engage young people and fuel their ... Read More »

Trauma counsellor warns about psychological impacts of termination in wake of draft abortion bill

abortion sign

AN internationally renowned Catholic trauma counsellor has warned of serious long-term psychological impacts on Queensland women if the state’s MPs back a draft bill to legalise abortion. “I’m hoping against hope that it won’t get through,” post-abortion grief and sexual abuse counsellor Anne Lastman said. In the past 17 years, the Melbourne-based counsellor has assisted more than 1500 women who have ... Read More »

Veterans who served in East Timor set up scholarship for unemployed Timorese youth

Young Timorese trainee chefs

AUSTRALIAN military veterans who served in East Timor have set up a scholarship program offering vocational training for unemployed Timorese youth. Described as a “debt of honour”, because of a close wartime bond between Australia and East Timor, the scholarship is the initiative of the Veteran’s Care Association, which provides holistic care of body, mind and soul for Australia veterans, ... Read More »

Powerful drought photos in social media project show farmers strength during tough times

Cattle in drought

A PROFESSIONAL photographer with a keen eye for the outback is working with volunteers in one of Queensland’s hardest hit drought regions on a project showcasing their resilience during hard times. Anne Smith, from Airlie Beach, is working with volunteer photographers in the Barcaldine region – locals capturing their own images of the drought, these volunteers are participating in a ... Read More »

Independent Catholic school in Brisbane ‘living out message of Humanae Vitae’

Angelorum College classroom

YOU could easily miss the tiny school passing down a busy main road on the edge of Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley. Behind a locked, metal-barred gate, Angelorum College, an independent Catholic school, is a new sanctuary of learning – just 20 students in two classrooms, a chapel, and an enclosed playground in an ageing building owned by the Legion of Mary. ... Read More »

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