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Capuchin Friars’ new provincial minister takes up position in Sydney

Fr Gerard O'Dempsey

QUEENSLANDER Fr Gerard O’Dempsey says it is “breathtaking” to be elected leader of the Australian province of the Capuchin Friars for the next three years. “It’s a great responsibility and I hope I can live up to what the friars expect of me,” Fr O’Dempsey said as he packed his single suitcase and many boxes of books for his move ... Read More »

Meet the winners of the 2017 Community Leader Awards

Community Leader Award winners

  HOMELESS people across the Sunshine Coast will have a new reason to cheer for their biggest supporter, Nambour Catholic woman Annette Baker. The Nambour parishioner and member of the St Vincent de Paul Society for 17 years was named Community Leader of the Year in Brisbane last week. Mrs Baker received the award for her contribution to Vinnies in ... Read More »

Broken Bay Bishop says Victoria should pay attention to NSW parliament’s decision on euthansia

fight against euthanasia

EUTHANASIA and assisted suicide are national issues being played out state-by-state, according to Broken Bay Bishop Peter Comensoli. Bishop Comensoli has applauded the narrow defeat of a voluntary assisted dying bill in New South Wales during a late-night sitting of parliament on November 18, but warned of the prospect of legislation in other states. He made the comment before Victorian ... Read More »

Sydney man working to protect traditional marriage from attack returns home to support Brisbane campaigners

David Jee

FOR Catholic father-of-six and marriage campaigner David Jee, the same-sex marriage survey was not, ultimately, about winning or losing, it was about the long-haul fight to protect traditional marriage. “This is only really the start,” Mr Jee said, returning to Brisbane to thank some of the thousands of volunteers who spent weeks doorknocking and handing out leaflets in support of ... Read More »

Fertility doctor promoting more effective methods than IVF says women deserve to know how their body works

Professor Pilar Vigil

A WORLD-renowned doctor says natural fertility methods can greatly improve a woman’s health over a lifetime as well as help restore fertility. “Every woman deserves to know how her body works,” Chile’s eminent gynaecologist and clinician, Professor Pilar Vigil said, visiting Australia for the National Fertility Conference, the annual event of the Australasian Institute for Restorative Reproductive Medicine. Professor Vigil ... Read More »

Majority of Australians vote yes in national same-sex marriage survey

AUSTRALIANS have voted in support of legalising same-sex marriage following the results of a national survey. The result came to 61.6 per cent voting ‘Yes’ and 38.4 per cent voting ‘No’. A total of 133 out of 150 electorates recorded a majority ‘Yes’ result while only 17 voted ‘No’. The national survey returned 7.8 million responses in support of same ... Read More »

Australia picked to help rebuild shattered Christian town Qaraqosh

Benjamin Blanchard

CHRISTIANS rebuilding their homes in devastated Qaraqosh could soon receive financial support from Australians concerned about the diminishing presence of Christianity in Iraq. Benjamin Blanchard, the founder of a non-government organisation helping persecuted Christians living in the Middle East, SOS Chretiens d’Orient, will visit Australia later this month with the hope of raising $150,000 to help rebuild Qaraqosh. Mr Blanchard ... Read More »

Australian bishops urge action over 600 asylum seekers fearing for their life on Manus

manus island protesters

AMID public protests, vigils and picketing of politician’s offices, the Catholic Church and United Nations are spearheading criticism of the Australian Government over its handling of asylum seekers on Manus Island. The future of about 600 men left on Manus remains in limbo after their refusal to leave the processing centre amid fears for their safety. The PNG Supreme Court ... Read More »

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