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Haircut and a chat giving Inala Family Support Centre clients new outlook on life

IT’S amazing how a haircut can add a new lease of life. “When people have a haircut, or a colour, they feel great,” Family Support Centre co-ordinator Liza Dykstra said. Last week the St Vincent de Paul Society-run centre at Inala introduced a free hairdressing service and it wasn’t long before the waiting room was filled with eager clients – ... Read More »

Counsellor warns on the growth of post-abortion syndrome after Queensland abortion decision

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AFTER Queensland MPs vote to legalise abortion, a respected Catholic trauma counsellor has used her regular newsletter to warn of the grief and long-term psychological impacts of the life-ending practice. “What has happened to all of us that we have allowed this to happen?” post-abortion grief and sexual abuse counsellor Anne Lastman wrote in her newsletter Broken Branches. Mrs Lastman was ... Read More »

Brisbane Deacon Gary Stone wants married men to help with ministerial shortages

A BRISBANE deacon has called for the Church to consider ending its centuries-old tradition of not allowing married men to become priests. Deacon Gary Stone, a chaplain to the ex-service community, married for 47 years and with four children, says there are simply not enough priests to celebrate the sacraments, and it is time to return to an earlier Church ... Read More »

Brisbane community offers thanksgiving for 100 years of Columban Fathers’ evangelisation

THE Columban Fathers’ mission of spreading the Gospel message across the world has been honoured at a Mass to celebrate the order’s centenary. The Mass of Thanksgiving at Brisbane’s St Stephen’s Cathedral last Sunday celebrated the Missionary Society of St Columban evangelising the world. Among the concelebrating priests were five Columbans – Fr Noel Connolly, Fr Gary Walker, Fr Warren ... Read More »

Encouraging people in remote Australia live longer and healthier lives to prevent national crisis

THERE are grim health predictions for Australia’s ageing population a decade from now, particularly for people living in rural areas where health services are already lagging behind. A report by the Royal Flying Doctor Service estimates the population in 2028 will nudge 30 million and 15.6 per cent more rural Australians will be diagnosed with chronic illness including cancer. There ... Read More »

Retired Brisbane priest Fr Peter Luton honoured to meet Pope Francis in Rome

RETIRED Brisbane priest Fr Peter Luton has described meeting Pope Francis as a wonderful experience and a great honour. Fr Luton was presented to Pope Francis in St Peter’s Square during a visit to Rome last month. “People were cheering and yelling and I couldn’t hear what he (Pope Francis) was saying. He held my hand …  a wonderful experience,” ... Read More »

Legalising abortions not representative of the ‘core values and beliefs of the greater community’

ACBC president Archbishop Mark Coleridge

BRISBANE Archbishop Mark Coleridge has used a webcast discussion on abortion to call on Queensland MPs to vote against proposed laws to legalise abortion. Archbishop Coleridge said he didn’t seek to wage “ideological warfare”, but to insist on the basic truth that the lives of both mother and baby mattered. “We are talking about two lives, and both lives matter,” ... Read More »

Abortion bill to be put to a conscience vote

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  A BILL to legalise abortion in Queensland is expected to be decided in a tight vote in the state’s parliament next week. This follows a party room meeting of the opposition Liberal National Party on October 9 in which MPs voted to allow a conscience vote. Opposition leader Deb Frecklington issued a statement saying although she supports a conscience ... Read More »

Fr Dang Nguyen overjoyed by Brisbane ordination

DANG Nguyen has fulfilled his childhood dream of becoming a priest. The Vietnamese 34-year-old, who joined the Augustinian order and moved to study in Australia a decade ago, reached the milestone event when Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge ordained him at St James’ Church, Coorparoo, on September 22. “I was overjoyed. Being able to fulfil my dream and to see how ... Read More »

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