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Columban priest a voice for Taiwan’s voiceless

Fr Peter O'Neill

COLUMBAN missionary Father Peter O’Neill knows what modern slavery looks like. For 26 years, Fr O’Neill, from Geelong, lived among poor and abused migrant workers in Taiwan. He ran migrant shelters, provided pastoral support and advocated for human rights – a task he now describes as a privilege. “It held my faith in God, a God of justice, a God ... Read More »

Former Australian prime ministers speak out against Victorian euthanasia vote

ex prime ministers

HISTORIC voluntary euthanasia laws will head to Victoria’s upper house next month after the state’s lower house MPs endured a marathon sitting to pass proposed legislation. However, warnings from former Australian prime ministers have the potential to slow the political trajectory of the laws that would allow terminally ill patients with less than 12 months to live and who are ... Read More »

Informed conscience key for last minute voters still deciding yes or no to same-sex marriage

same sex marriage

AS the same-sex marriage postal survey approaches a final deadline, Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge said yet-to-decide Catholics should vote with a “well formed and informed” conscience. “That means knowing what the Church teaches on marriage and why, understanding the relationship between the Church’s view of marriage and the secular law, and sifting some of the very slippery language that has ... Read More »

Brisbane fertility experts helping couples find healthy alternatives to IVF

A LEADING Brisbane doctor is among a group of health care practitioners aiming to set up a new field of medicine dedicated to a restorative approach to solving infertility. Dr Luke McLindon, an obstetrician and gynaecologist from Brisbane’s Mater Hospital, is promoting restorative reproductive medicine as a holistic approach to helping couples restore fertility. “The big challenge over the last ... Read More »

Our Lady of Fatima honoured by several communities across Brisbane archdiocese

MASSES followed by candlelight processions marked festivities across Brisbane commemorating 100 years of Our Lady of Fatima’s final apparition at Fatima, Portugal. During a Friday night of devotion at Our Lady of Victories, Bowen Hills, Brisbane Archbishop Coleridge crowned the statue of Our Lady, and presided as children received first Holy Communion. On the following night, rain didn’t dampen the ... Read More »

Pastoral letter says voluntary assisted suicide will never be safe

RELIGIOUS leaders, politicians and doctors have rallied for a last-ditch campaign against Victoria’s proposed voluntary assisted dying bill expected to be introduced into parliament. Melbourne Archbishop Denis Hart, along with fellow Victorian Church leaders Ballarat Bishop Paul Bird, Sale Bishop Patrick O’Regan and Sandhurst Bishop Leslie Tomlinson, sent a pastoral letter to the Catholics of Victoria warning that voluntary assisted ... Read More »

Fr Willie Lee following Pope Francis’ call to go to peripheries of society

  GROWING up in Fiji, Willie Lee admired the Irish Columban missionaries who travelled across the world to serve the people of his island home. His great-great-grandfather had accepted the first Catholic priests to his remote rural province of Vanua Levu or “Big Land”. Little did young Willie know that one day he would become a Columban missionary. “I saw ... Read More »

Good Sams leadership to focus on people at the margins

THE newly-elected leader of the Good Samaritan Sisters has spoken out about the growing threat of conflict between the United States and North Korea. Sr Patty Fawkner, elected congregational leader for the next six years, has warned of “a potential disastrous conflict” and urged for prayer and “active peace-building” dialogue. “We observe with dismay the growing tensions between the United ... Read More »

Thousands of golden years celebrated at St Stephen’s Cathedral marriage Mass

  WEDDING day memories were revisited as almost 75 couples celebrated half-centuries of marriage at a Mass in St Stephen’s Cathedral, Brisbane, on October 8. The annual Mass recognised couples who were marking their golden wedding anniversaries this year. Denise and Des Walsh were among couples gathered with family and friends to thank God for the good times and the ... Read More »

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