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Indigenous communities unite to take urgent action to help women

No More Violence

THREE senior indigenous women have hailed the campaign called No More which uses sporting codes’ notions of fair play and respect as a successful way to curb the epidemic of family violence in Aboriginal communities. The campaign started with football teams in the Northern Territory linking arms before a game – in a silent and sincere pledge to end violence ... Read More »

Missionary of Mercy took on the burdens of NSW’s far-flung faithful and will do it again in 2017

TRAVELLING Missionary of Mercy Fr Richard Shortall has finished an exhausting mission to lift the burdens of people in regional Australian communities. Living out of a motor home that ran off the water and electricity of churches, the Jesuit priest spent the past nine months visiting 30 communities in Maitland-Newcastle diocese to bring God’s mercy as a commissioned Missionary of ... Read More »

Catholic ethicist says some fertility clinics misleading desperate couples with false IVF success rates

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CONCERNS have been raised by a leading Catholic ethicist that some of Australia’s major IVF clinics have been misleading couples with information about success rates. Queensland priest Fr Kevin McGovern, emeritus director at the Caroline Chisholm Centre for Health Ethics, Melbourne, described as “deceitful” how some IVF clinics presented figures on their websites “to create the impression that the chance ... Read More »

Religious programs tipped for ABC’s ‘killing season’

ABC-Brisbane

INSIDE the ABC staff call it “the killing season” – when next year’s TV and radio schedules are formulated and announcements made about what shows are to be axed. There was disquiet from Christian leaders when news leaked out that religion and ethics program Sunday Nights with John Clearly was headed for the chopping block. For 15 years the show ... Read More »

Catholic priest Fr Paul Kelly gets first taste of Schoolies as police chaplain

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POLICE chaplain Fr Paul Kelly chose working at a hardware store over packing his bags for the beach when his Schoolies week came around. As his schoolmates were preparing to party on the Gold Coast after more than a dozen years of schooling, Fr Kelly was working hard stacking shelves. “I couldn’t think of anything worse than leaving everyone only ... Read More »

JPII in Australia: The moment I was tackled by the Federal police during Pope John Paul II’s visit to Darwin in 1986

St John Paul II in Australia

The Catholic Leader journalist Mark Bowling reflects on his memory of John Paul II’s visit to Darwin on November 29, 1986 when he was working on a radio news story of the papal visit. THIS month marks 30 years since Pope John Paul II visited Australia. In six-and-a-half days, from November 24-December 1, the 66-year-old pontiff visited every state and territory, ... Read More »

No abortions: Pro-life groups have their say at public hearing

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CHERISH Life Queensland has told a public hearing that abortion is not liberation, it is coercive deception. Abortion “is abandonment of our women at a most vulnerable time in their lives”, Cherish Life’s research director Kara Thomas told the Queensland Parliament Health Committee inquiring into a second abortion bill proposed by Member for Cairns Rob Pyne. “It harms women because ... Read More »

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