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Drought behind region with worst youth unemployment, bush Sister says

Sr Christine Henry

BUSH Sister of Charity Christine Henry believes prolonged drought is one reason outback Queensland has been identified as easily Australia’s worst youth unemployment hotspot. A report by the anti-poverty group The Brotherhood of St Laurence has analysed Australian Bureau of Statistics data to find youth unemployment at its extreme – 67.1 per cent – in a thinly populated but vast ... Read More »

Yeppoon couple to lead Australian pilgrimage to World Meeting of Families conference in Dublin

Mark and TInk Boyd

A QUEENSLAND couple with seven children will lead the official Australian pilgrimage to the ninth World Meeting of Families conference in Dublin in August. Mark and Tink Boyd, from Yeppoon, first attended a World Meeting of Families conference in Mexico City in 2009 after an invitation from then Rockhampton Bishop Brian Heenan. “It just opened our eyes to the evangelising ... Read More »

Young people want their violent fathers to make amends, new study finds

abusive fathers

CHILDREN of fathers who use violence want their dads to understand the significant impact that it has on their lives. A new study by a University of Melbourne researcher Dr Katie Lamb has led to children recording their stories, so they can be replayed to their fathers to get the message through. Dr Lamb (pictured), a criminologist and now a ... Read More »

Politicians urged to find better ways to care for sick and aged and say no to euthanasia

euthanasia

PRO-life advocates are preparing to challenge a “cheap” and “dirty-joke” campaign to legalise euthanasia in Queensland and Western Australia, similar to the campaign in Victoria which last year led to the passing of an assisted-dying law. “What we witnessed in Victoria, and no doubt we will witness in the other jurisdictions too, is a cheapened form of ethical discussion in ... Read More »

Co-author of US study into why young Catholics leave the Church praises Australia’s efforts to evangelise in schools

John Vitek

CHURCH leaders in Australia are ahead of those in the United States when it comes to finding new ways of evangelising millennials, the co-author of a recent American study into disaffiliated Catholics has said. John Vitek, the president and chief executive officer of Saint Mary’s Press in Minnesota, which commissioned a study into why young Catholics leave the Church, said ... Read More »

US abortion provider invited to speak at Brisbane event calls coercion of any sort “appalling”

Dr Alexandra Doig, Dr Leah Torres and Dr Bryan Kenny

ABORTION provider Dr Leah Torres has told Australian lawmakers and campaigners for better care of women regarding reproductive health that she has nightmares about performing terminations “on somebody that doesn’t want one”. Dr Torres, a gynaecologist and obstetrician who for nine years has provided abortions as well as maternity care, prenatal care and other reproductive health procedures in her Utah ... Read More »

Pope Francis authorises Australia’s Plenary Council in 2020

POPE Francis has given his approval for the Catholic Church in Australia to hold its first plenary council – the most significant national church gathering  – in more than 80 years. “The Australian bishops are deeply grateful to Pope Francis for affirming the decision and we ask all people to join in prayer as we embark on this journey together ... Read More »

Australian youth ministers hear results of national youth survey at research seminar in Brisbane

Trudy Dantis

YOUNG people living in Australia have positive experiences of the Church in youth groups, festivals, Mass or liturgies, and outreach, but still feel dismissed for being “too young” or “too Catholic”, according to findings from a national youth survey. Youth ministers from across Australia at a two-day research seminar in Brisbane last week heard the results of the national youth ... Read More »

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