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Young Catholics party in the name of Jesus

Rave Party

FORGET the drugs and alcohol – there’s a rave party culture that’s opting for good, clean fun without the regrets. A former lay missionary from the Philippines Fredney Gales is helping to foster a culture of young people who can confidently reject the allure of a drug-imbued night out. After working as a lay missionary for seven years, Mr Gales ... Read More »

Accurate data essential for psychological abortion assistance

Abortion effects

THERE are claims that a parliamentary inquiry into decriminalising abortion in Queensland is not being provided with accurate data to assist fair decision-making. At public briefing sessions on July 12 and 13, the inquiry heard from experts about the psychological impacts post abortion, if abortion is not available, and the extent of counselling and support services for women. State Member ... Read More »

Brisbane woman “pain-free” after 21 years of suffering

MARIE Kann was on painkillers for 21 years to quell a whiplash injury, but claims her time at a Charismatic conference two weeks ago has left her pain-free. Ms Kann, 71, suffered a whiplash injury in 1995 and had been taking daily medication to ease the pain. Six months ago the Brisbane Catholic from St Mary Magdalene Church, Bardon, also ... Read More »

Security paramount for WYD pilgrims say Church leaders

WYP Pilgrims

CHURCH leaders are praying for peace as millions of pilgrims make their way to World Youth Day in Poland, while security experts are examining ways to allay heightened security fears surrounding the global event. “At this time of instability in Europe, we pray for those who have been affected by the recent events and in the words of Pope Francis, ... Read More »

Discerning, three ways: How Australians are responding to religious vocations

WHEN Hayden Kennedy turned 21, he dialled the number of a priest living in Sydney. Fr Bob Barber, provincial of the Marist Fathers’ Australian province, answered the call. Three years before his 21st birthday, Hayden had knocked on the door of the Marist Fathers with a feeling he couldn’t shake. He wanted to be a priest, and more specifically, a Marist ... Read More »

East Timor-Australia maritime border major issue for several Brisbane parishes

maritime

BRISBANE parishes are using the election campaign to press Federal politicians on one of the most divisive international issues on Australia’s doorstep – drawing a fair maritime boundary between Timor-Leste and Australia. The seabed boundary between the two neighbours represents only 1.8 per cent of Australia’s entire seabed border, but takes in the Greater Sunrise gas field worth an estimated ... Read More »

Death on the cusp of life: A litany of concerns with late-term abortions

ultrasound

QUEENSLAND politicians were in the middle of debating changes to the state’s abortion laws when figures on the rate of live-birth abortions surfaced. Health Minister Cameron Dick released figures recently on the number of late-term abortions where babies survived, but were not given care. The figures showed 27 babies were born alive following an abortion procedure in 2015. The total ... Read More »

Cutting through the clutter: Making sense of hoarding

clutter or hoarding

IN Brisbane, 45,000 households are in a state of squalor – no better than pigsties – yet this is not because their occupants are lazy or slothful, rather they suffer from hoarding disorder. Hoarders collect and save so many possessions – often junk – which can be piled from floor to ceiling and can render entire rooms unusable.  In extreme ... Read More »

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