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Toowoomba community campaign to rid regional city of pornography keeps growing

  A UNIQUE campaign to make Toowoomba a porn-free city is spreading across the country and has sparked international interest. Toowoomba is preparing for its third annual public rally next month during which the city’s mayor stands shoulder-to-shoulder with men from all walks of life and together they pledge not to watch pornography. “There is overwhelming research out now that ... Read More »

Youth outreach to go far beyond Brisbane for Ignite Conference in 2019

THE “dream to expand” Ignite Youth has become a reality. This weekend at Ignite Conference in Brisbane archdiocese, more than 1500 participants and supporters welcomed the announcement of a second conference to align with Ignite Youth’s national “flagship event”. From 2019, Ignite Conference will expand into Sydney archdiocese, answering the need to house a “bursting at the seams” crowd. “We’re ... 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 »

‘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 »

Archbishop calls task force in response to marriage crisis across Australia

BRISBANE Archbishop Mark Coleridge has called a task force to address the steep decline in Catholic marriages and the implications of same-sex marriage legislation in Australia. Archbishop Coleridge has appointed 10 people from the Archdiocese of Brisbane to the Amoris Laetitia Task Force (ALTF) which will “develop and implement a strategy to promote Catholic marriage and family” in the archdiocese. ... Read More »

Port Macquarie backs Bale Out for farmers

Fr Paul Gooley with Port Macquarie aged care residents

DROUGHT has struck at the heart of many farming communities and families throughout western NSW, and Port Macquarie parish priest Fr Paul Gooley decided to do something about it. Fr Gooley launched the Bale Out appeal in early July and it was embraced enthusiastically by the parish and the Port Macquarie community. It has spread throughout the Lismore diocese with ... Read More »

Australian bishops say homeless tragedy demands action in national statement

  THE Australian Catholic bishops have registered their deep concern over the alarming growth in the problem of homelessness and insecure housing in Australia. In their Social Justice Statement 2018-19, A Place to Call Home: Making a home for everyone in our land, the bishops call on Australians to look beyond the immediate challenges of the average household budget, to ... Read More »

ACU Vice-Chancellor critical of the way Royal Commission was conducted

ONE of the 11 members of the Catholic Church’s Truth, Justice and Healing Council has delivered a sharp and wide-ranging criticism of the Royal Commission into child sexual abuse, describing it as “a flawed body” and its final report “a flawed document”. On the day that the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference and Catholic Religious Australia formally responded to the Royal ... Read More »

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