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Church welcomes PM’s decision on Syrian refugees

Syrian refugees on boat

By Peter Bugden CHURCH leaders and agencies have welcomed the Federal Government’s decision to permanently resettle 12,000 refugees from Syria and Iraq. Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced the one-off humanitarian intake on September 9 in response to the refugee crisis engulfing the Middle East and Europe. Mr Abbott said this would be in addition to the previously existing humanitarian program ... Read More »

Australian Melkite bishop makes plea on behalf of people of Syria

Syrian refugees

By Peter Bugden A LEADER of Melkite Catholics in Australia has urged the Church to pressure Western governments to help solve the crisis in Syria and Iraq at its source. Bishop Robert Rabbat, leader of the Melkite eparchy of Australia and New Zealand, said Islamic State militants were “getting money and weapons from somewhere” and governments of the West should ... Read More »

Call for national child sex abuse police reporting law

francis sullivan

THE Truth Justice and Healing Council has called for the introduction of a new, consistent nation-wide criminal law requiring the reporting to the police of suspected child sexual abuse. In its submission to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse issues paper number 8, Police and Prosecution Responses, the TJHC recommends the new law should require anyone ... Read More »

Marriage debate appropriate at university

Traditional marriage supporters

CATHOLIC university students are commending a Melbourne institution’s public support for a talk on traditional marriage and are asking for more in the debate. Australian Catholic University provided a venue for a public talk on the future of marriage organised by the Australian Christian Lobby last month. Renowned public speaker Ryan T. Anderson, known for adding a “refreshing” voice to ... Read More »

‘This is killing me’: Husband desparate to be with detained wife

Refugee Milad Jafari

By Peter Bugden “THIS is killing me,” Milad Jafari said in Darwin after having visited his wife Mojgan Shamsalipoor in immigration detention. The 21-year-old refugees from Iran, married for 10 months, were separated on August 7 when Ms Shamsalipoor was transferred from a Brisbane detention centre to another in Darwin after her asylum claim was rejected. Hundreds of people, including ... Read More »

Lives at risk

Sex Party bill would deny alternatives to abortion A PROPOSAL to introduce buffer zones around abortion clinics in Victoria could mean the loss of lives that could otherwise be saved, a pro-life spokeswoman says. Sex Party MP Fiona Patten has introduced a bill to the Victorian Parliament that would enforce access zones of 150m around abortion clinics that would exclude ... Read More »

‘Church without frontiers’

Bishop Vincent Long Van Nguyen

Christ calls us to ‘move beyond ourselves’ CHRIST is calling Australians “to move beyond ourselves, and express solidarity to our fellow brothers and sisters” who are migrants and refugees among us, says Bishop Vincent Long Van Nguyen, himself a refugee. Bishop Long made the comment in promoting the 101st World Day of Migrants and Refugees. “Migrants and refugees need our ... Read More »

Refugee Milad Jafari puts life on hold to save separated wife

Refugee Milad Jafari

By Peter Bugden TWO 21-year-old Brisbane newlyweds torn apart by an immigration decision are pleading with Federal Minister Peter Dutton to end their nightmare. Milad Jafari has put his life on hold while he fights to save his wife Mojgan Shamsalipoor from deportation and to have her released from immigration detention. They were thrown into turmoil when Ms Shamsalipoor was ... Read More »

New education leader to build on a legacy

Dr Lee-Anne Perry and Orange Sky Laundry founders

By Isaac Murphy NEW Queensland Catholic Education Commission executive director Dr Lee-Anne Perry was organising her diary to visit every diocese before her role began. Dr Perry has been involved in Queensland Catholic education for four decades, serving as a member on the QCEC, including the role of deputy chair, and guiding three Catholic institutions as principal, most recently All ... Read More »

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