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Have you considered ‘digital fasting’ for Lent?

Digital fasting

BRISBANE Archbishop Mark Coleridge has encouraged Catholics to consider “digital fasting” this Lent. He made the suggestion during his Ash Wednesday homily on February 14 at the Cathedral of St Stephen, Brisbane. The Archbishop added digital fasting to the more traditional call to fast from food and other activities and habits as a mark of self-denial as Catholics contemplate Christ’s ... Read More »

Advanced cancer patients to volunteer for new medicinal cannabis oil trial at Brisbane’s Mater Research

Mater Research Care Centre staff

QUEENSLAND researchers will soon start a major clinical trial to find out the benefits of medicinal cannabis for cancer patients receiving palliative care. “We are delighted to be one of nineteen research projects funded in this round right across Australia,” team leader from Mater Research in Brisbane Professor Janet Hardy said. Medicinal cannabis is now legal in Queensland, yet Professor ... Read More »

Australian Bishops defend religious freedom as ‘fundamental human right’

fight for religious freedom

THE Australian Catholic Bishops Conference has called for Australian laws to be updated to recognise religious freedom. “Freedom of religion is a fundamental human right,” the bishops said in a submission to the Federal Government’s Religious Freedom Review. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull commissioned the review following last year’s “yes” vote on same-sex marriage, with hearings conducted by a five-member expert ... Read More »

Queensland farming communities “nothing short of desperate” for rain

outback sunset

CATHOLICS in outback Queensland are praying for drought-breaking rain, as graziers are forced to sell off their cattle. “Desperate. Nothing short of desperate,” Blackall stock agent Jeremy Barron said, describing the plight of farming communities that have endured up to six failed “wet” seasons. “It’s at that stage where no one’s got an answer. “It’s not only the properties, it’s ... Read More »

Former refugee returns to Brisbane after a decade of ministry in Brazil

Fr Manh Le and children from Brazil

FOR the past five years Divine Word Missionaries priest Fr Manh Le has travelled between remote villages along the Amazon River, with little more than a hammock and a mosquito net. The priest, who was ordained in Brisbane 15 years ago and sent to Brazil, recently returned to Australia and is still adjusting to life. “Every night I stayed with ... Read More »

Former judge who served as Commissioner for NT Royal Commission to lead QCEC

Margaret White

DISTINGUISHED former judge and law lecturer Margaret White is to be the new chair of the Queensland Catholic Education Commission from next month. The first woman to sit on the Supreme Court of Queensland, Mrs White retired from the bench in 2013, then in 2016 took on the high-profile role of Commissioner in the Royal Commission into the Protection and ... Read More »

ACU going strong despite cuts to eleven Brisbane-based courses

Dr Stephen Weller

DR Stephen Weller is upbeat about the rapid growth of Australian Catholic University, and particularly its Brisbane campus at Banyo, despite the axing of dozens of courses before the start of the year. “There were a number of prospective students who were disgruntled at our decision to cancel a course they had applied for – no question,” ACU’s deputy vice-chancellor ... Read More »

Departing Capuchin pastor wants more lay leadership

Capuchin Fathers Severino Bustamante and Fr John Spiteri

CAPUCHIN Father John Spiteri has kind words for the members Wynnum’s Guardian Angels Parish, as he departs after six years to take up a new mission in Melbourne. “This is a warm hearted parish, generous to a fault, and they’ve been very patient with me. They’ve put up with my antics,” he said. “I learnt a lot. I had a ... Read More »

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