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Election 2016: Human rights advocate says LNP, ALP “mute” on West Papua situation

West Papua

WITH Australia heading to a general election, Catholic Church leaders are calling on the major political parties to end their double standards on human rights advocacy in the region. Brisbane archdiocese’s Catholic Justice and Peace Commission executive officer Peter Arndt said successive Australian governments had ignored human rights abuses by Indonesian security forces in West Papua while condemning similar abuses ... Read More »

We asked Queensland MPs what they think about Rob Pyne’s abortion bill. Here’s the verdict.

pregnant mum

QUEENSLAND Parliamentary members have indicated whether they will support a proposed bill to make abortion legal in the state with a majority of respondents preparing to vote against it. The Catholic Leader asked all 88 Queensland Members of Parliament if they supported Member for Cairns Rob Pyne’s proposed abortion bill and if there should be gestational restrictions. Fifty-seven politicians including Mr ... Read More »

Appointment as auxiliary Bishop “inspirational” for Msgr Anthony Randazzo

Monsignor Anthony Randazzo

FORMER Holy Spirit Provincial Seminary rector Monsignor Anthony Randazzo said it was “inspirational” to be named one of two new auxiliary bishops for Sydney archdiocese. Msgr Randazzo, 49, had just finished celebrating Mass in Brisbane’s St Stephen’s Cathedral when he received a phone call from apostolic nuncio Archbishop Adolfo Tito Yllana. “I was overwhelmed. But I told him I was available,” ... Read More »

Bishop says World Youth Day to answer life’s big questions

Bishop Joseph Oudeman

YOUNG people “looking for the essence of life” will be surprised to find an answer or two among millions of Catholics gathering in Poland next month, Brisbane auxiliary Bishop Joseph Oudeman said. Bishop Oudeman is one of 19 Australian bishops headed to the World Youth Day in Krakow, where an expected two million young Catholics will gather. It will be ... Read More »

All Townsville Catholic schools have switched to solar with Vatican officials asking for global roll-out

solar schools project

SOLAR projects powering dozens of Queensland Catholic schools have so impressed Vatican officials that they believe the projects could be duplicated across the globe offering massive power savings, as well as demonstrating the Church’s environmental commitment. All 31 schools in the Diocese of Townsville have now switched to power from solar panels as part of a pioneering environmental project, reducing annual ... Read More »

Midwifery student has dream to see more indigenous midwives

Stephanie Archibald

WHEN Stephanie Archibald had her two children, the midwives who attended the birth were so wonderful she was inspired to switch her studies to become one herself. Ms Archibald, a Bigambul woman, whose traditional country straddles the inland border between Queensland and New South Wales, changed from studying forensic science at QUT, to a three-year Bachelor of Midwifery degree at Australian ... Read More »

Australia’s first soldier to die in Vietnam has been brought home

Digger laid to rest

KEVIN Conway, the first Australian soldier to die in combat in Vietnam, has at last been brought home and given a Catholic burial. The remains of Warrant Officer Conway were among those of 35 Australian soldiers repatriated last month from various Asian burial sites. About 400 mourners joined Conway’s niece Kathy Woodford and family members Wayne, Julie and Len Strandquist to bury a favourite ... Read More »

Queensland educator and Vinnies member among Catholics honoured in Queen’s birthday list

Queen's honours

PROMINENT Catholics have been honoured in the 2016 Queen’s Birthday Honours list.  They include Mike Byrne, appointed as a Member of the Order of Australia for significant service to Catholic education as an administrator, to policy development and reform, and to professional standards. “It’s wonderful to see Mike Byrne’s outstanding contribution to Catholic education in Queensland recognised publicly,” Queensland Catholic ... Read More »

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