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Dads don’t know their importance in communicating with their daughters

By Madonna King HOW often does a father sit down and really talk to his teen daughter, one-on-one? I asked 400 fathers that question recently, as part of my research for a book Fathers and Daughters, and the answers should make us all stop and think. “This month while on holidays.’’ “Good question. It’s been a while now. Thinking about ... Read More »

‘50 years of marriage is like a 50-point triple word score … it takes time’

MICHAEL and Anne Goodwin might be considered somewhat of an anomaly in today’s culture. This month the couple celebrated 50 years of marriage, 50 years of friendship, and 50 years of true love. On Saturday, October 6, the Goodwins will renew their wedding vows and commemorate the sacrament of matrimony at St Stephens Cathedral’s annual Golden Wedding Anniversary Mass. The ... Read More »

Little Joshua Thomas first in line for Syro-Malankara baptism in Brisbane parish

FOUR-month-old Joshua Thomas has received a unique and historic welcome into the Catholic Church becoming the first Syro-Malankara baptism in Brisbane. Co-ordinator of the Syro-Malankara community in Australia Fr Stephen Kulathumkarotte baptised Joshua with Fr Prem Kumar Rethnamony at St Agatha’s Church, Clayfield, during a small, but vibrant celebration. The Syro-Malankara Church has close to 500,000 members – the majority ... Read More »

Jaya’s Taki courageous story told at Parliament House forum highlights the horrors of abortion

JAYA Taki was tearful, but determined to share her personal experience of being coerced into abortion. “As I was to eventually find out domestic violence and abortion are closely linked, and stories such as mine are more common than we would ever think,” the young mother told MPs and concerned citizens attending a forum in Queensland’s parliament house building, to ... Read More »

Queensland’s proposed abortion bill undermines the ‘foundation of all human rights’

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A QUEENSLAND parliamentary committee considering laws to legalise abortion has heard from a Brisbane archdiocesan spokesman that the value, equality and dignity of every human life was at stake. “To speak of a woman’s rights is very important, but what of the rights of unborn children?” Peter Pellicaan, private secretary to Archbishop Mark Coleridge, said in an opening address to ... Read More »

Cardinal Edwin O’Brien asks for prayers to help Pope Francis unify the Church

THE Grand Master of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem has made a visit to Brisbane, encouraging seminarians in their priestly vocation as he visited the Holy Spirit Seminary. In Brisbane, United States Cardinal Edwin O’Brien was also preparing to invest three new members into the order, including Townsville Bishop Tim Harris, John Whelan and Therese Gattas. During ... Read More »

‘The world needs the saving message of the Gospel more than ever’

BRISBANE Archbishop Mark Coleridge has told a Catholic communications conference in Brisbane the Church has to find its distinctive voice if it was to make a contribution to Australian society. Archbishop Coleridge said there needed to be a “communications conversion”, and challenged Catholic journalists and communications specialists from dioceses across the country to take a lead role. “… In the ... Read More »

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