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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 »

BallyCara CEO Marcus Riley tells UN to stop elderly discrimination

Marcus Riley addressing the UN

  BRISBANE’S Marcus Riley told a United Nation’s forum in New York that access to quality long term care and palliative care were crucial to the global ageing society, and urged the elimination of elderly discrimination and neglect. Mr Riley, chief executive officer of BallyCara that provides retirement living, residential aged care and community care in south-east Queensland, is also ... Read More »

Archbishop Coleridge says proposed bill allowing abortion at any time not a women’s health issue

Archbishop Mark Coleridge

BRISBANE Archbishop Mark Coleridge has hit back at Queensland’s pro-abortion MPs who claim that the state’s draft bill to legalise abortion was a “health issue” and supports a “woman’s choice”. “When you talk about abortion you’re talking about two lives the mother and the child and both lives matter,” Archbishop Coleridge said. He said a proposed abortion bill to be ... Read More »

Pope accepts Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson’s resignation

Philip Wilson

POPE Francis has accepted the resignation of Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson convicted of concealing child abuse by a priest, taking action amid loud and public calls for his dismissal from Catholics, priests and even the prime minister. Wilson, 67, who submitted his resignation to the Pope on July 20, said he hoped his decision would be a “catalyst to heal ... Read More »

New project to collect energy consumption data from 141 Brisbane Catholic schools

Rick Dalmau from Brisbane Catholic Education

CATHOLIC schools in Brisbane have embarked on a far-reaching clean energy project that promises big power savings, and with the potential to set the Church on a pioneering path with Laudato Si’. “It’s got huge potential in Australia, and I think it has application overseas,” Jacqui Remond, the co-founder of the Global Catholic Climate Movement and Laudato Si’ consultant on ... Read More »

‘Bishop of the wheelchairs’ brings joy and hope to Cambodians

Bishop Enrique "Kike" Figaredo

JESUIT Father Enrique “Kike” Figaredo is known internationally as the bishop of the wheelchairs for his unique mission to Cambodia’s disabled, many of them maimed by landmines. Bishop Kike believes the sufferings of life are balanced out by love – a lesson learnt in a country where three decades of war has taken a severe toll. “Right after the war, ... Read More »

Dominican priest condemns separation of Tamil family after husband’s deportation

Fr Pancras Jordan

A BRISBANE Dominican priest has added his voice to calls for fair process for asylum seekers and their families, after a Tamil man was deported from Australia and then arrested in Sri Lanka. “This is calculated cruelty. It contravenes the basic right of the family,” Fr Pan Jordan, who works closely with Brisbane’s Tamil community, said. On July 13, the ... Read More »

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