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Pro-life groups push to stop bill to try and legalise abortion up to nine months

Pro-life supporter

LABOR defector Rob Pyne has set in motion a bill to try to decriminalise abortion in Queensland. Mr Pyne has tabled his first private member’s bill in State Parliament, which would legalise abortion for women up to nine months pregnant. “Currently abortion is a crime in Queensland under the criminal code. This would eliminate those elements of the code that ... Read More »

Glaswegian doctor behind bionic heart inspires Catholic professionals

Dr John Fraser

BRISBANE-based Professor John Fraser has published more than 200 academic papers and his medical research includes multi-million dollar projects including the development of a ground-breaking bionic heart. Some of his research ideas and collaborations across Asia and North America are pushing the boundaries of medical science with the promise of saving countless lives. His medical work has also taken him on many humanitarian ... Read More »

West Papuan report reveals country in ‘slow-motion genocide’

THE Catholic Justice and Peace Commission of Brisbane has called on the United Nations to investigate human rights abuses in West Papua. The commission has issued a report documenting recent military and police intimidation, beatings and torture, kidnapping and murder in West Papua. The report concluded there has been no improvement in human rights in West Papua after a Commission Shadow ... Read More »

Church census rolling out

Church census

PARISHIONERS across Brisbane archdiocese will be asked to take part in the largest and longest-running survey of Church life in the world later this year. The 2016 National Church Life Survey will be rolled out in October, with all Christian churches invited to participate. “After 25 years, and conducted every five years it is the largest, longest survey of Church ... Read More »

Springfield’s new church is “for everyone”

Hard Hats

ACROSS the shimmering, new suburban rooves of Springfield Lakes, a church on the hill is taking shape as beacon for a rapidly growing community.The concrete slab has been poured at the Our Lady of the Southern Cross, and work is progressing at a fast pace.Wearing a hard hat and hi-visibility vest, parish priest Fr Mauro Conte was brimming with enthusiasm ... Read More »

Eight appointed to new ecumenical council in Brisbane

Building bridges

A QUEST for human unity is one of the lofty goals that will guide a new Church council aimed at bridging relations with groups from other faiths and beliefs.Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge has appointed an eight-member Council for Ecumenism and Inter-religious Relations to build respect and co-operation across communities in south-east Queensland. “We carry an overwhelming message of hope,” chairman ... Read More »

Parishioners take the Good News into wider community

faith display

ON a windy Sunday afternoon along the foreshore of Brisbane’s bayside suburb of Wynnum, a procession of the faithful walking behind a crossbearer, playing guitars, beating drums and singing songs of thanks to the Lord.It is quite a spectacle for onlookers – the families of picnickers on their blankets and those out stretching their legs along the esplanade walking track.The ... Read More »

Brisbane Catholic Tamsin Jackson was in Ecuador when its worst earthquake struck. This is why she decided to stay.

Tamsin Jackson

TAMSIN Jackson ran for her life when Ecuador’s worst earthquake in decades struck on April 16.  But the young Brisbane Catholic woman has returned to the disaster-stricken coast where she was staying, as a volunteer helping survivors recover their lives. Ms Jackson, 24, had been travelling through South America since November last year, and was visiting the tourist town of ... Read More »

Young cancer survivor Chelsea Stutchbury names debut single after chemotherapy drug

Chelsea and Taylor feature

VINCRISTINE. It is the name of a chemotherapy drug, and it is also the title of a debut single from 18-year-old singer and cancer survivor Chelsea Stutchbury. In 2014, Chelsea was halfway through her final-year studies at Bundaberg’s Shalom College when she was diagnosed with lymphoma. During the next few months she was forced to undergo three intensive rounds of ... Read More »

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