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Canon lawyer becomes the first layperson to be appointed as Brisbane archdiocese chancellor

NEWLY-appointed Brisbane archdiocese chancellor Pat Mullins says more lay people should step up to take on Church roles.  “It’s a good direction that the Church is going in, I think. It’s the way of the future,” he said. Uniquely qualified for the role of chancellor, Mr Mullins is believed to be Australia’s only canon lawyer simultaneously practising as a common ... Read More »

Wynnum Cafe is serving up fresh memories for people with dementia and their carers

WHEN Darryl and Kerry Cox went to see their family doctor he advised the couple to go out and make memories, and take lots of photos. Darryl has already been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and was suffering severe short-term memory loss. Following their doctor’s advice the Cox’s embarked on a Mediterranean cruise of a lifetime.  “We took lots and lots ... Read More »

Medicinal marijuana debate: Queensland couple who used cannabis oil to treat son’s autism walk free

In countries across the world the jury is still out on the effects of drugs on society and individuals’ health, however a case in Queensland reflects softening attitudes and changing laws against some drugs. QUEENSLAND parents who pleaded guilty to treating their five-year-old son’s autism with cannabis oil, recently walked free from court in what the judge described as an ... Read More »

Church welcomes Federal Government move to protect freedom of religion in Australia

Bishop Peter Comensoli

2019 is shaping as a year of reckoning for religious freedom in Australia, with the Church welcoming a Federal Government move to protect freedom of religion in law. “Our preference is that the law recognise religious freedom in a positive way as a basic, internationally-protected human right – and one that deserves protection,” the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference spokesman on ... Read More »

Tongan Caritas leader says ‘effects of climate change are being felt on a daily basis’

AFTER world leaders gathered in Poland for the United Nations’ annual climate conference, a Catholic advocate in the Pacific has warned of the environmental damage being suffered on her island home. “The effects of climate change are being felt on a daily basis,” Caritas Tonga director Amelia Ma’afu said. Tonga and other countries across the Pacific are among those most ... Read More »

Schools’ energy commitment: It’s not just about power, but ‘caring for the environment’

2018. IT was the year a fully electric vehicle had its first test run on Australian roads – here in Queensland.  And it was the year Brisbane Catholic schools embarked on a pioneering clean-energy project that aims to contribute to a planet-saving “ecological conversion”. “We’ve made a public commitment to living Laudato Si’ … it’s not just about saving power ... Read More »

Archbishop Philip Wilson’s conviction for concealing child sexual abuse quashed

A JUDGE has described how Australia’s mainstream media can exert subtle pressure during court cases, as he quashed the conviction of Archbishop Philip Wilson for covering up child sexual abuse. The former Adelaide Archbishop, on December 6, won a court appeal against his conviction for covering up abuse.  The Newcastle District Court upheld an appeal by Archbishop Wilson, 68, who ... Read More »

Cooking up a fresh start – New bakery offering refugee chef a chance to begin again

By Mark Bowling  A REFUGEE chef from war-torn Syria is working towards a fresh start in Australia by sharing his culinary skills and culture at a new bakery-cafe south of Brisbane. After fleeing Aleppo with his young Catholic family two years ago, George Tabbakh, a third-generation baker, is now making Lebanese bread and Middle Eastern treats in suburban Underwood, with ... Read More »

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