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New Mater Research study will track health of 10,000 Queenslanders over 30 years

mother having an ultrasound

RECRUITMENT started last week for a pilot study that is part of a major research project to track the health of 10,000 Queensland families during the next three decades. Mater Research, a Catholic institution and part of the Mater Group, is planning the largest group cohort study in the state since the 1980s, in collaboration with Queensland universities and hospitals. ... Read More »

‘Heinous’ abortion laws tabled in Queensland Parliament by Labor Government today

young child protests abortion bill

LABOR has introduced laws aimed at legalising abortion into the Queensland parliament today (August 22), despite latest polling that shows majority opposition among voters. If passed, the laws, would allow women to have an abortion up to 22 weeks, or up until birth if approved by two doctors. Also, “exclusion zones” of 150 metres would be in place around abortion ... Read More »

Catholics pray for Deputy Premier Jackie Trad’s change of heart on abortion

Mothers and children pray Rosary outside Jackie Trad's office

MOTHER-of-nine Belinda Goodwin is praying the hardest Rosary of her life in an effort to protect women and the unborn from abortion in Queensland. The Catholic mother, whose children aged between 17 years and 17 months, was among a group of about 20 Catholics including children who prayed the Rosary outside Queensland Deputy Premier Jackie Trad’s office on August 10. ... Read More »

Rosies searching for Brisbane northside site to expand outreach to homeless

Rosies general manager Andrew O'Brien

HOMELESS men, women and children living rough on Brisbane’s north could soon be making friends with a new team of volunteers for Catholic charity, Rosies. The charity is hoping to open its first branch on the north side by the end of the year. The decision is in response to data from the 2016 Census showing an increase in homelessness ... Read More »

Pentecostal leader to Catholics: ‘God wants to see Catholic churches filled with young people’

Karolina Gunsser

PENTECOSTALS buck the trend when it comes to falling numbers amongst churches in Australia. Their congregations are growing strongly particularly amongst the young. When Brisbane’s Karolina Gunsser, a community leader with Citipointe Church, Redcliffe, took to the stage at the recent Proclaim 2018 Conference, she had a powerful message for Catholics about how to engage young people and fuel their ... Read More »

St Agatha’s faithful servants reflect on 100 years of history in Clayfield

Peter Bowden

RUMOUR has it sacristan Peter Bowden lives in a cupboard somewhere inside St Agatha’s Church, Clayfield. At least, that’s the parish priest’s only explanation for the 74-year-old’s permanent presence in the church. An ever-present figure in the parish community, which turns 100 this year, Mr Bowden opens and closes the church every day, and attends all the week day and ... Read More »

Independent Catholic school in Brisbane ‘living out message of Humanae Vitae’

Angelorum College classroom

YOU could easily miss the tiny school passing down a busy main road on the edge of Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley. Behind a locked, metal-barred gate, Angelorum College, an independent Catholic school, is a new sanctuary of learning – just 20 students in two classrooms, a chapel, and an enclosed playground in an ageing building owned by the Legion of Mary. ... Read More »

Brisbane’s homeless capture extraordinary moments of life on the streets

Raptor with his winning photograph

BRISBANE man Raptor won’t be wondering where his next few meals will come from after winning a unique photography competition showcasing the life of homeless and vulnerable men and women. Raptor, who has been living on-and-off homeless most of his life, was the winner of the first Life on the Streets Photography Exhibition, run by Catholic grassroots group Blind Eye ... Read More »

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