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Man who walked around the world returns to Panama to thank a stranger

The Road to Adolfo

IMAGINE a stranger walks through your street, barely able to stand after hiking for 45km. He asks the nearby locals for a place to sleep. They laugh. Agitated by their amusement, you consider putting him up in your house, but fear this tall white man may not fit in your one-bedroom home with barely four walls. There’s also the issue ... Read More »

Return to the loving arms of the Church

AS a follow on from my previous column, The Lucky Country, I want to contrast it with one of the greatest things I have come to appreciate about our neighbours in Asia. Yes the food is great, the public transport is efficient, it is cheap to catch a cab and eat a meal out, but these things, though they have ... Read More »

Marching to protect human life

Protecting life

PRO-LIFE supporters will tell Queensland voters why maintaining the state’s illegal status on abortion is a human right at a public march tomorrow. Cherish Life Queensland state president Teresa Martin said pro-life supporters wanted the government to retain abortion as a criminal offense despite pressure from anti-life activists. “We have the good grace from God that unborn life is still ... Read More »

Teen told he would fail finds new cycle in life

Bikes wanted

POLISHING up a run-down bike has given Inala student Dylan Dunne a new reason to stay in school. Five months ago, the 15-year-old could not be found inside a classroom. He eventually ended up at the Inala Flexible Learning Centre, a secondary school operated by Edmund Rice Education Australia. The school offers flexible learning options to young people who are ... Read More »

Parenting Q&A: How do I keep my children off their smart phones?

Kids on phones

SMART phones are pervading family homes but how do you limit your child’s access to the technology?  Catholic dad Peter Pellicaan answers.  Research by Maidstone Consulting and Empowered Communications revealed that 10-year-olds in Australia spend an average of 14.7 hours a week on smartphones and for 17 year olds, the average increased to 26.3 hours.  So this issue is impacting ... Read More »

Student with Down Syndrome told she would never talk gives first public speaking address to hundreds

Olivia Hargroder

OLIVIA Hargroder is a self-confessed “chatterbox”, but she was never expected to learn to speak. Born with Down Syndrome, the 16-year-old underwent major heart surgery and was not expected to live. “My mum and dad couldn’t even cuddle me,” Olivia said.  “So they stayed by my side reading books.” The books helped and Olivia made a full recovery. Parents Kerry ... Read More »

When are we human beings?

Mother remembers her son

Marking the beginning of human life has become unnecessarily complex. But for women who have lost a child, whether early in a pregnancy or at the cusp of birth, the definition of when life begins is clear. BELINDA Goodwin held her ninth baby in her arms and wept. Ignatius Gregory Jordan Goodwin was tiny, just shy of 10 weeks gestation. He ... Read More »

Leukaemia survivor to part with hair for cancer charity

CARLY Galligan received her best birthday present inside a doctor’s surgery four years ago. After battling with leukaemia for five years, doctors announced on her 10th birthday that she was cancer-free. “I was so happy,” she said.   “My smile could never have been bigger.” Carly, of Victoria Point, was diagnosed with leukaemia two months before her fifth birthday. She ... Read More »

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