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Bishops in Pacific region declare support for West Papua

Pacific region Bishops

CATHOLIC bishops from across the Pacific region have declared support for West Papua to have a greater international voice. Dignity for West Papuans was a focus issue for the executive committee of the Federation of Catholic Bishops’ Conferences of Oceania in Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and Pacific Islands meeting in Port Moresby.  Toowoomba Bishop Robert McGuckin and Parramatta ... Read More »

Catholics plea for Manus refugees in ‘soul-destroying limbo’

  REFUGEE rights advocate and Catholic mother Michelle McDonald is standing by to welcome some of the 854 men detained in an off-shore detention centre that is set to close. Ms McDonald, who is an organising committee member with Christian advocacy group Love Makes a Way, was among hundreds of Catholics celebrating the small win for refugees on Manus Island ... Read More »

Long Tan 50th: Soldier’s sister remembers his death and legacy

EVERY year Brisbane woman Frankie O’Leary carries a flag of honour for her brother in the Anzac Day parade. The full-sized Australian flag was presented to her family with the name of her brother Private Douglas J. Salveron, 6 RAR, embossed on it, recognising his role in the Battle of Long Tan 50 years ago, on August 18. Douglas Salveron ... Read More »

#NauruFiles: Motherly instincts spark fear for children involved in Nauru detention centre abuse

Nauru files vigil

OUTRAGED Christian mothers have demanded Australia’s political leaders close the Nauru detention centre after reports detailing physical and sexual abuse of asylum seekers, a majority targeting children, were leaked last week. A group of mothers advocating against offshore detention centres joined Christian protesters outside the Department of Immigration and Border Protection in Brisbane on August 15 as part of a ... Read More »

Church representatives want inquiry into Queensland juvenile justice system

prisoner's hands through fence

CHURCH justice advocates have joined calls for Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to widen the scope of a royal commission into Northern Territory juvenile detention, to include facilities in Queensland. On July 26, Mr Turnbull announced a royal commission into the Northern Territory’s juvenile detention facilities after ABC TV’s Four Corners aired shocking images of guards brutalising inmates.  “We want to say emphatically ... Read More »

Queensland abortion inquiry to improve public knowledge of controversial issue

Julie Borger

  PRO-life advocates giving evidence to the Queensland parliamentary inquiry into legalising abortion have presented a case for mandatory counselling for women considering the procedure. “I believe counselling should be mandatory and it should be independent counselling, not counselling at an abortion clinic,” Australian Christian Lobby state director Wendy Francis said. “It needs to be independent. It needs to give ... Read More »

Is having a child through IVF in your sixties responsible parenting?

FURORE has erupted in medical circles, after a 63-year-old woman gave birth to an in vitro fertilisation baby, officially becoming Australia’s oldest new mum. The Tasmanian woman underwent IVF treatment, and gave birth to a daughter in a Melbourne private hospital on August 1. Several leading doctors have questioned whether her decision to go ahead with later-life IVF treatment represented ... Read More »

Reaching out to the homeless across Australia

IT’S difficult to comprehend, but on any night in Australia, one in 200 people are without accommodation. For more than 100,000 Australians, this means they are not only without a home, it may mean they don’t know where their next meal will come from, and they probably don’t have access to services like healthcare. It comes as the Australian Bureau ... Read More »

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