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Brisbane obstetrician and gynaecologist to lobby state politicians about dangers of decriminalising abortion in Queensland

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A LEADING Catholic surgeon has vowed to lobby state politicians, and enlist the support of doctors and nurses to highlight the dangers of decriminalising abortion in Queensland. “We’ve got 13 weeks to get our message across,” Dr McLindon, an obstetrician and gynaecologist at Brisbane’s Mater Hospital said. A Labor government bill to be tabled in parliament next month and expected ... Read More »

Artist who sculpted busts and statues of Tony Abbott, Victor Chang says John Paul II an inspiration

Linda Klarfeld

RENOWNED sculptor Linda Klarfeld sees plenty of potential creating artworks in her new home on the Gold Coast. “Queensland is the next frontier so, for me, that’s exciting,” Linda said as she prepared for a studio opening at Southport. Her works include both religious and secular themes, and her subjects are the rich, the famous, sporting icons and those closest ... Read More »

Medical couple studying in Australia returning home to run Iraq’s first and only Catholic hospital

Iraqi medical students with Archbishop Mark Coleridge

AN Iraqi medical couple studying in Australia are preparing to return to their war-torn homeland to operate a new and unique Church-run hospital. Dr Saveen Oghana and Ban Isaqi, a dentist, have spent the past year studying master’s degrees at ACU’s Brisbane campus – equipping them with health administration skills needed to run a new Catholic hospital in Erbil in ... Read More »

Archbishops to meet Prime Minister to solve ‘looming crisis’ of school funding model

Bishops to meet PM Turnbull

AUSTRALIA’S most senior Church figures hope a meeting with the Prime Minister can avoid a “looming crisis” for Catholic schools “with many schools facing the prospect of closure”. Education funding topped the agenda of a July 19 with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in Sydney, with Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge attending as president of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, accompanied by ... Read More »

Pro-life supporters to rally against Queensland Premier’s proposed abortion bill

Pro-life protest

FIERCE political debate is expected with Queensland laws to decriminalise abortion to be introduced into parliament next month. The proposal, similar to laws in Victoria, would allow women to abort a pregnancy up to 22 weeks. Permission for late-term abortions – up until birth – would need to be given by two doctors. “Safe access zones” of 150m would surround ... Read More »

Brisbane Catholics get chance to pitch in to Plenary Council dialogue

Plenary Council

PARISH communities across Brisbane archdiocese are being invited to hold listening and dialogue sessions as the first, preparation stage of the nationwide Plenary Council 2020 gets underway. Evangelisation Brisbane, on behalf of the archdiocese, has sent information brochures to parishes and communities explaining how the plenary process will work, and offering support to set up sessions. The brochure explains the ... Read More »

Australians want more theology courses

Sr Maeve Louise Heaney

GROWING demand for studying theology has prompted Australian Catholic University to set up a centre in Brisbane specialising in short courses and tailored professional learning. The new Xavier Centre for Theological Formation will launch on August 3, and will operate nationally. “Rather than thinking of theology as something that is just a degree that you do when you are training ... Read More »

German Cardinal Gerhard Müller to speak in Brisbane

Cardinal Gerhard Müller

BRISBANE Catholics have a rare opportunity to hear one of the Church’s foremost theologians speak on July 21. Cardinal Gerhard Müller will deliver a public lecture entitled “Blessed John Henry Newman and an unchangeable deposit of faith”. Cardinal Müller served as the prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith from his appointment by Pope Benedict XVI in ... Read More »

Aussie polar explorer Jade Hameister tells Vatican conference to act faster on global warming threat

Jade Hameister

A YOUNG Australian explorer has shared her witness of melting polar ice at a Vatican conference discussing the devastating impacts of climate change. Seventeen-year-old Jade Hameister, the youngest person ever to ski both the North and South poles and to cross the polar ice cap on Greenland, implored world leaders to give her generation “a fighting chance” in combating global ... Read More »

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