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#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 »

ACU student Mack Horton leads Olympic gold rush

AUSTRALIAN Catholic University business student Mack Horton won Australia’s first gold medal of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. Horton took out the 400m men’s freestyle swimming final in the early hours of last Sunday. He held off defending Olympic champion Sun Yang, from China, to become the sixth Australian to win gold in the 400m freestyle, joining the likes of ... Read More »

‘This is not human, this is not Christ’, Don Dale centre priest says

THE Catholic chaplain who ministers to youth inside Darwin’s notorious Don Dale detention centre, and even washed the boys’ feet, said he was “sick to the core” after watching graphic television images of abuse by guards. Fr Dan Benedetti has ministered at the Northern Territory detention centre since 2003, and knows the teenagers, including Dylan Voller, whose brutal treatment was documented on the ... Read More »

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 »

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