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The Catholic Leader team wins multiple media awards for their work

  MEDIA experts have recognised The Catholic Leader newspaper as a benchmark for quality Catholic journalism at the 2018 Australasian Catholic Press Association Awards. Journalist Mark Bowling received the award for Best News Story for his story on the disturbing teen “sexting” culture raised by a Catholic school principal in Bundaberg. Mr Bowling also received highly-commended awards for his stories ... Read More »

Friar urges respect and care for ‘God’s work of art’ at World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation

WARNINGS about the environmental implications of people neglecting their spiritual and emotional sides have been issued by a Franciscan Friar during Mass for the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation in Brisbane. Speaking at Australian Catholic University, Brisbane, Fr Paul Rout, an Australian priest who lectures in Franciscan Spirituality at the University of London, warned that an ... Read More »

Imogen Leslie tells political forum on abortion and disability about her value

IMOGEN Leslie stood up in a packed forum inside Queensland Parliament House last week to deliver an important message to MPs about abortion and disability. “I have Down syndrome and my life is worth living,” the 12-year-old from Warwick said at a forum convened by pro-life advocates to discuss the state’s proposed bill to legalise abortion. “If I was to ... Read More »

Fertility classes the missing link in Catholic school sexuality programs

Catholic couple Simon and Nicky Ashley

CATHOLIC teacher Simon Ashley believes fertility classes taught by Catholic educators would not only help improve Australia’s low birth rate, but also set teenagers up for healthier relationships in their adult life. Mr Ashley, a Brisbane Catholic teacher who is developing a nuptial formation course for teachers, parents and parishes, made his comments following a call to introduce fertility classes ... Read More »

Brisbane Oratory novice swaps health care for spiritual care

Br John Henry Newman of the Oratory and a Vietnamese parishioner

HUNG Nguyen can spot a rotten tooth in seconds but after years of prayer he’s decided to study a new form of healing by becoming a priest. The Adelaide-born Vietnamese Catholic has left behind a career as an oral health practitioner to join the Brisbane Oratory. He entered the community on May 26 taking on a new name, Br John ... Read More »

Parish community vows to restore St Columba’s to near-original shape

St Columba's church

IT took a lightning bolt to push the faithful keepers of St Columba’s Church, Wilston, into an action plan to ensure the sacred icon stays standing for another 100 years. Last year lightning struck the 104-year-old church, which is part of the Good Samaritan Parish and St John the Baptist Parish, prompting the community to launch a three-year plan to ... Read More »

‘Sixth-most powerful person in Queensland’ says Catholicism gives him meaning and direction

Karl Morris and sons

AFTER more than 30 years in financial services and wealth management, Karl Morris admits his profile has never been higher than right now. “Even though I’ve had a number of public positions, I’ve had a very private life,” Mr Morris, father-of five, told a menALIVE Father’s Day breakfast in Brisbane. “This changed recently when I became chairman of the Brisbane ... Read More »

Euthanasia debate to take place in Queensland after vote on abortion bill

aged care

QUEENSLAND Labor has signalled a parliamentary push to legalise abortion will be followed with an inquiry into end-of-life issues, including euthanasia. With debate on the State Government’s abortion bill expected next month, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk revealed to the state Labor conference plans for an inquiry to consider all aspects of end-of-life care, including voluntary assisted dying. “Following the vote on ... Read More »

Record numbers march down Brisbane city to protest Labor’s “extreme” abortion bill

March for Life crowd

THOUSANDS of people joined the March for Life through Brisbane’s CBD last weekend to protest the Queensland Government’s move to legalise abortion. Organisers estimate 4000 marched down George Street, many dressed in white, chanting “life, life, life” and “Pro-life, pro-woman”. “God’s law doesn’t endorse taking away life. This is like murder,” Kevin Turne, who had travelled from Dalby on the ... Read More »

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