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Dominican priest joins Christian refugee advocates in week-long prayer vigil outside Brisbane immigration office

Fr Pan Jordan

IN the lead-up to Refugee Week, Christians have held daily vigils outside the Brisbane offices of the Department of Immigration calling for a fair onshore assessment process for asylum seekers. Thousands of asylum seekers living in Australia have been given until October 1 to submit their asylum claims, or risk deportation. “They are traumatised people, they didn’t keep a record ... Read More »

Queensland-born Columban Father Warren Kinne on being a priest in communist China

Chinese parishioners

COLUMBAN Father Warren Kinne knows first hand the art of “playing the game”. For two decades, Fr Kinne, 71, born and bred in Bundaberg, Queensland, was a missionary in communist China, learning to tread lightly, sometimes testing the boundaries of authority and control, and eventually watching his mission flourish in unimagined ways. Now returned to Australia, with a new mission ... Read More »

Making sense of Divine Mercy Sunday

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APRIL 30 in the new millennium went down in history as the happiest day in Pope John Paul II’s life. The pope had just declared a fellow Polish Catholic a saint, and he made a surprise announcement, offering the universal Church a new feast day, to be celebrated every second Sunday of Easter. This new feast was at the request ... Read More »

Love and marriage: Dating Dr Ryan Messmore

Dr Ryan Messmore

RYAN Messmore is about to find out what happens when you broadcast your love life to the world. The Catholic theologian and popular speaker living in Brisbane has written a book about his four-year courtship and marriage with his wife Karin Messmore. Dr Messmore, who was born to a devout Methodist family in Maryland, United States, as one of triplets ... Read More »

Robots are coming to help humanity, whether we like it or not

Robots

A ROBOT can now deliver pizza, another can carry out life-saving surgery, while another is ready for dispatch along the Great Barrier Reef to detect and control the devastating Crown of Thorn starfish. The new technologies – robots and artificial intelligence – are making our world more connected, saving lives and even protecting the environment. But as these technologies enter ... Read More »

A chat with One Nation Queensland leader Steve Dickson

Steve Dickson

One Nation is tipped to become a major influence in Queensland politics. The Catholic Leader journalist Mark Bowling spoke to its new Queensland leader about a range of issues in a recent interview.   ONE Nation’s new Queensland leader Steve Dickson was an altar boy and schooled by nuns at St Martin’s Catholic school in Carina on Brisbane’s southside. It ... Read More »

Family advocates say government’s support of childcare in Omnibus bill ‘competing’ with stay-at-home mothers

mother with children

FAMILY advocates believe plans to save $4 billion by scrapping family tax benefits shows the Australian government is only interested in “competing” with stay-at-home mothers. National Civic Council Queensland president and father of five Luke McCormack is against the controversial childcare and welfare omnibus bill, which calls for a complete cull of the Family Tax Benefit end of year supplements ... Read More »

The transgender phenomenon: Three Catholic ethicists widen the debate

Transgender phenomenon

EVERYBODY in the Blackall parish could rely on Trish Elliott. A faithful Mass-goer, Trish was always there to make the altar flowers pretty or give a friendly pep talk to a stranger. Even one teenage boy called Trish his “honorary aunty” at her funeral in April 2002. Trish never had any children of her own; she was rendered infertile from ... Read More »

The heavenly prize Helen Mahoney finds in India

Helen Mahoney

HE prayed he wouldn’t get Daisy. Inside Mithra, a rehabilitation centre for children and adults with mental and physical disabilities from India’s poorest quarters, a line of young Catholic schoolboys await the names of who they are to feed that day. The boys, 15 years old, are on an immersion trip to see the mission that Brisbane-born Sr Mary Theodore ... Read More »

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