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Queensland Catholic doctors support plans for national “united front”

Catholic doctors Dr Terry Kent and Dr Alison Bignell

QUEENSLAND medicos have welcomed plans to set up a national body to give support and a voice to Catholic doctors. Australian Catholic bishops have approved a body to be known as the Catholic Medical Association of Australia – following a request from doctors wanting to highlight what Catholic teaching brings to healthcare in an increasingly secular world. Catholic doctors face ... Read More »

New push to remove faith lessons from state classrooms ‘misguided’, instructors say

In the classroom

A BACK-to-school row has erupted with religious instructors concerned at new moves to push Christian teaching out of Queensland state school classrooms. Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge has labelled the push against religious instruction as “misguided” and described as a “right” state school students’ access to RI. School instructors have hit back at claims by “a small atheist lobby group” that ... Read More »

Catholic education leader urges parents to tackle bullying at home following Dolly Everett’s shock suicide

Dolly Everett

PARENTS sending their children back to school are being warned to spot early signs of bullying and know what steps to take if their child is being targetted online. Online harassment and youth suicide have made headlines this month after it was revealed 14-year-old Amy “Dolly” Everett, the “face” of the Akubra hat ad campaign, was the latest young Australian ... Read More »

Immigration decision sparks outpouring from hundreds of supporters for Iranian asylum seeker

Mojgan Shamsalipoor with husband Milad Jafari

IRANIAN asylum seeker Mojgan Shamsalipoor has been granted a further six-month bridging visa allowing her to stay in Australia – but there’s a hitch. Immigration officials have set a new condition on Brisbane-based Ms Shamsalipoor in her long-running battle to avoid deportation – she is not allowed to study. The decision has sparked a bittersweet social media outpouring from hundreds ... Read More »

Royal Commission’s final report urges major changes to child safety across Australia

Justice Peter McClellan delivers Royal Commission final report to Peter Cosgrove

THE Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse recommends prioritising child safety across the nation, including strengthening national and state laws, changing the culture within churches and organisations and providing for compensation and treatment for abuse survivors. The Commission’s final report was released today, comprising 409 recommendations. Of those, 189 recommendations had not been made until today’s 17-volume ... Read More »

Sunshine Coast aged care facility offers Catholics televised Mass followed by bedside Communion

A CATHOLIC aged care facility on the Sunshine Coast, which offers a new and unique faith connection with the local church, has won a national building award. State-of-the-art St Vincent’s Care Services Maroochydore, which opened this year with about 100 residents, has won the National Lifestyle Housing for Senior Award 2017 presented by Master Builders Australia. One unique feature is ... Read More »

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