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Cairns Bishop says saving the Great Barrier Reef “dramatically obvious”

Great Barrier Reef

CAIRNS Bishop James Foley has said it’s time for the Church to revise and extend a powerful 2004 pastoral letter signed by Queensland’s bishops calling for action to save the Great Barrier Reef. Bishop Foley has spoken out about stewardship of the reef as experts report the reef is reeling from its worst environmental crisis in recorded history, and warn ... Read More »

Q&A with Carrie Gress

Carrie Gress

What mum doesn’t need an occasional chance to escape home life and indulge in a little pampering? But philosopher and mother of four Carrie Gress says that while those little getaways are fine, the real and best makeover is actually already – and perpetually –underway. Ms Gress says in her latest book – Ultimate Makeover: The Transforming Power of Motherhood ... Read More »

Brisbane priest labels ‘gay panic’ law in Queensland and SA an “international disgrace”

Fr Paul Kelly

FATHER Paul Kelly has renewed hope that Queensland’s so-called “gay panic” murder defence could soon be removed from law. The defence means a murder charge may be reduced to manslaughter if the defendant establishes their victim “came on” to them and the killing was in self defence. Attorney-General Yvette D’Ath in April announced parliamentarians would be reviewing the law with view to a ... Read More »

Euthanasia alternative: Why Australia should focus more on palliative care services

A RESPECTED medical specialist delivering care to the terminally ill believes there is “far less chance” of patients favouring euthanasia if high-quality care is available. “There’s no doubt that where you come into contact with good palliative care services that the idea that people will want to end their life prematurely is much less likely,” Palliative Care Queensland president Dr ... Read More »

Aged care is being put on the backburner in Australia

ALMA was told by her daughter it would be a “nice” place.  But when Alma entered the aged-care facility, there was an overpowering stench of urine combined with toilet cleaner.   Alma’s room was tiny with no outlook, the curtains closed. It felt degrading.  She was collected and taken to a common lounge room where she sat all day with ... Read More »

Q&A with Fr Nicholas Maurice

  Fr Nicolas Maurice was raised in Brisbane, studied engineering at the University of Queensland, joined the seminary for Lismore diocese and studied at the Pontifical North American College in Rome. He was ordained for the Diocese of Lismore on July 3, 2008. He is a lecturer at Vianney College, Wagga Wagga, and an assistant priest at St Carthageís Cathedral, ... Read More »

Q&A with Andrea Bocelli

Andrea Bocelli

Italy’s most famous musician sat down with Zenit for a chat about his childhood and why his mother saved his life by refusing an abortion. Q: You were born in Lajatico, a small village on the hills, near Pisa, in the Valdera region. You spent your childhood among olive groves and fields in the wonderful land of Tuscany. Why today, when ... Read More »

US campaigner Brad Mattes says millions of men affected by no legal say in abortion

Brad Mattes

AMERICAN Brad Mattes is highly successful in spreading the pro-life message. And it is this message: “Lost Fatherhood – Men and Abortion” that this highly accomplished media commentator is bringing on a speaking tour across Queensland and to Sydney and Melbourne. Mr Mattes hosts Life Issues, a daily radio commentary on abortion and other life issues. It is carried on more than ... Read More »

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