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Sydney youth make unforgettable journey with Cross and Icon

WYD cross and icon

SYDNEY pilgrims carried the gifts John Paul II offered to Catholic youth in an emotional procession before the World Youth Day Opening Mass in Krakow. Twenty young adults were chosen to represent Australia in a procession marking the final journey of the WYD Cross and Icon to Krakow, Poland. Pope John Paul II gave the Cross and Icon of Mary ... Read More »

PNG WYD pilgrims travel from “remote communities” to thank generous donor

PNG Pilgrims

A GROUP of 20 Poland-bound pilgrims from Papua New Guinea used a two-day stopover in Brisbane to say thank-you for supporting their journey to World Youth Day. For most of the pilgrims it is the first time travelling outside their remote communities.  Last month The Catholic Leader featured a story about the PNG pilgrims – the remoteness, poverty and hardship ... Read More »

Election 2016: Archbishop Coleridge calls on political leaders to build calm after close tussle

archbishop mark coleridge

BRISBANE Archbishop Mark Coleridge has warned that Australia faces a new political landscape where tactics replace policy, and the major parties – both Liberal and Labor – struggle to survive against the rise of micro powers. Archbishop Coleridge has delivered his stark assessment as Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s Coalition begins the difficult task of governing with a slender majority. With ... Read More »

Brisbane’s newest Iraqi refugee intake have started school after years of terror

student refugees

WELCOME. A powerful, single word translated into Arabic and accompanied by smiles, is uniting Brisbane’s Catholics and newly-arrived humanitarian refugees from the strife-torn Middle East. Forty Christian families are now settling in at Bracken Ridge in Brisbane’s north and in Logan, with enthusiastic support of parishioners and local Catholic schools. Their safe arrival in Brisbane is a story of courage, ... Read More »

Pro-life organisation’s new state president to take strong stand against abortion, euthanasia

Julie Borger

CHERISH Life Queensland’s new president is steeling for a tough battle advocating for politicians to reject the state’s proposed bill to legalise abortion. Julie Borger took the reigns of the pro-life organisation last week, after the resignation of Teresa Martin, who has held both the presidency and executive director position for the past decade. “’I’ve taken on a huge job,” ... Read More »

Midwife warns of abortion trauma after Queensland Nurses Union supports controversial bill

Nurses union

CHRISTIAN nurses have warned of the traumatic effects of abortion on patients, their families and the wellbeing of medical staff called on to  conduct them. They have spoken out after the Queensland Nurses’ Union entered the abortion debate by supporting a proposed bill to make abortion legal in the state. Experienced midwife Marita De Jong, who works in a Brisbane public hospital, ... Read More »

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 »

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