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Archbishop offers heartfelt apology to abuse victims as Catholic Church responds to Royal Commission

ACBC president Archbishop Mark Coleridge

AUSTRALIAN Catholic Bishops Conference president Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge has offered a heartfelt apology to traumatised victims of child sexual abuse and their families. Today (August 31) as the ACBC and Catholic Religious Australia publishes a joint response to the recommendations of the Royal Commission into child sexual abuse, Archbishop Coleridge says “there is no-one in the Church who hasn’t ... Read More »

Christian faith guides new Prime Minister Scott Morrison

Scott Morrison

NEW Prime Minister Scott Morrison counts himself as a devout Christian and stands for protection of religious freedoms. Raised in the Uniting Church, he’s a regular worshipper in the Pentecostal Horizon Church, along with his wife Jennifer and two daughters in the heart of Sydney’s southern Sutherland Shire – home turf for rugby league’s Cronulla Sharks, which Mr Morrison also ... Read More »

Esk churches unite to thank God for rain in southern Queensland

Children play in a puddle in Maryvale

RAIN across parts of southern Queensland has lifted spirits in many dry farming regions – but no more so than in the south-east town of Esk, where a Day of Prayer and Thanksgiving for Rural Communities and Rain has been cause for galvanising and jubilant celebration. In Esk, 100km north-west of Brisbane, last Sunday’s ecumenical event, initiated by the St ... Read More »

New Mater Research study will track health of 10,000 Queenslanders over 30 years

mother having an ultrasound

RECRUITMENT started last week for a pilot study that is part of a major research project to track the health of 10,000 Queensland families during the next three decades. Mater Research, a Catholic institution and part of the Mater Group, is planning the largest group cohort study in the state since the 1980s, in collaboration with Queensland universities and hospitals. ... Read More »

‘Heinous’ abortion laws tabled in Queensland Parliament by Labor Government today

young child protests abortion bill

LABOR has introduced laws aimed at legalising abortion into the Queensland parliament today (August 22), despite latest polling that shows majority opposition among voters. If passed, the laws, would allow women to have an abortion up to 22 weeks, or up until birth if approved by two doctors. Also, “exclusion zones” of 150 metres would be in place around abortion ... Read More »

Head of CNS Greg Erlandson calls Catholic journalists to be beacons of hope

Greg Erlandson

DIRECTOR and editor-in-chief of Catholic News Service Greg Erlandson tries to look beyond the daily barrage of bad news engulfing the Church. “However painful each new revelation is, however tired we are of it all, our commitment must continue to be: Whatever it takes; whatever it costs; however long it lasts,” the 65-year-old said from CNS Washington headquarters, ahead of ... Read More »

Catholic world has eyes on Australia’s Plenary Council, US theologian says

Richard Gaillardetz

THE entire Catholic world is watching as the Church in Australia moves towards the Plenary Council 2020, according to one of America’s leading theologians. “I think this is one of the most important things that is going to happen in the Church – universal – in the next four or five years,” Joseph Professor of Catholic Systematic Theology, Boston College, ... Read More »

‘It’s not a step forward for rural health’: Theodore residents protest to save town’s maternity service

McIntyre family

RESIDENTS in a small central Queensland town where women are being forced to travel hundreds of kilometres to give birth are battling to have their local hospital maternity ward reopened. The people of Theodore raised more than $70,000 to help repair the maternity ward, part of a $2 million government overhaul, after the hospital was ravaged by floodwaters; only to ... Read More »

Pentecostal leader to Catholics: ‘God wants to see Catholic churches filled with young people’

Karolina Gunsser

PENTECOSTALS buck the trend when it comes to falling numbers amongst churches in Australia. Their congregations are growing strongly particularly amongst the young. When Brisbane’s Karolina Gunsser, a community leader with Citipointe Church, Redcliffe, took to the stage at the recent Proclaim 2018 Conference, she had a powerful message for Catholics about how to engage young people and fuel their ... Read More »

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