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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 »

Military and police chaplain Deacon Graeme Ramsden calls it a day

Deacon Graeme Ramsden

DEACON Graeme Ramsden is a straight-talking man of faith who understands a life of discipline and sacrifice. Aged 70, Deacon Ramsden retired recently after distinguished careers as a soldier and a chaplain to the military and the police.  He has an easy-going manner, enjoys a joke and is a good listener – just the attributes of a chaplain who has ... Read More »

Federal Election 2016: Politicians placing tactics over policy, Archbishop Coleridge says

Bill Shorten and Malcolm Turnbull

BRISBANE Archbishop Mark Coleridge has challenged Australia’s political leaders to forge a “genuinely human economy” but warned that was not possible while politicians employed tactics rather than developed policy. The Archbishop said short-sighted political decisions were working against an economy that should have people at its core. “The economy can become an idol, as if it has a life of its ... Read More »

Palliative care helped Jim McKenna live well to the very end

Jim McKenna

JIM McKenna always wanted to fly. He put flying on his bucket list soon after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer last June.  “He loved any type of machine … cars, trains and planes,” Jim’s wife Patricia said. The father of 11 children, including former Australian rugby league player Chris McKenna, jumped on two planes just weeks before his peaceful death ... Read More »

Australia’s refugees respond to jibe from Peter Dutton

Clyde Cosentino

FR Lam Vu, refugee, architect and now Capuchin priest is grateful to God and to Australia for allowing his family to settle in the lucky country. Fr Vu, who is parish priest at St Mary’s, South Brisbane, was willing to respond to comments made by Immigration Minister Peter Dutton that refugees are uneducated, unemployable and at the same time “taking ... Read More »

‘Abortion Rethink’ campaign launches in response to proposed bill

Dr Katrina Neal

THE Australian Family Association has launched a public campaign urging Queenslanders to pressure their state MP’s not to support a proposed abortion bill. The AFA said newly commissioned polling showed more voters were opposed to decriminalising abortion than were in favour and used the campaign to announce the results. The poll was a response to a proposal for a private ... Read More »

Catholic Education staff make every step count in fight against domestic violence

Darkness into Light walk

STAFF from Brisbane Catholic Education schools and offices were among hundreds who ran, jogged or walked from darkness into daylight to speak out against domestic violence. The Darkness to Daylight Challenge on May 4-5 was a unique experience that began in darkness with a few brave participants taking on a 110km run while others ran a 10km “together” challenge and ... Read More »

Pro-life groups push to stop bill to try and legalise abortion up to nine months

Pro-life supporter

LABOR defector Rob Pyne has set in motion a bill to try to decriminalise abortion in Queensland. Mr Pyne has tabled his first private member’s bill in State Parliament, which would legalise abortion for women up to nine months pregnant. “Currently abortion is a crime in Queensland under the criminal code. This would eliminate those elements of the code that ... Read More »

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