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Friar urges respect and care for ‘God’s work of art’ at World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation

WARNINGS about the environmental implications of people neglecting their spiritual and emotional sides have been issued by a Franciscan Friar during Mass for the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation in Brisbane. Speaking at Australian Catholic University, Brisbane, Fr Paul Rout, an Australian priest who lectures in Franciscan Spirituality at the University of London, warned that an ... Read More »

Imogen Leslie tells political forum on abortion and disability about her value

IMOGEN Leslie stood up in a packed forum inside Queensland Parliament House last week to deliver an important message to MPs about abortion and disability. “I have Down syndrome and my life is worth living,” the 12-year-old from Warwick said at a forum convened by pro-life advocates to discuss the state’s proposed bill to legalise abortion. “If I was to ... Read More »

Archbishop calls task force in response to marriage crisis across Australia

BRISBANE Archbishop Mark Coleridge has called a task force to address the steep decline in Catholic marriages and the implications of same-sex marriage legislation in Australia. Archbishop Coleridge has appointed 10 people from the Archdiocese of Brisbane to the Amoris Laetitia Task Force (ALTF) which will “develop and implement a strategy to promote Catholic marriage and family” in the archdiocese. ... Read More »

Fertility classes the missing link in Catholic school sexuality programs

Catholic couple Simon and Nicky Ashley

CATHOLIC teacher Simon Ashley believes fertility classes taught by Catholic educators would not only help improve Australia’s low birth rate, but also set teenagers up for healthier relationships in their adult life. Mr Ashley, a Brisbane Catholic teacher who is developing a nuptial formation course for teachers, parents and parishes, made his comments following a call to introduce fertility classes ... Read More »

Port Macquarie backs Bale Out for farmers

Fr Paul Gooley with Port Macquarie aged care residents

DROUGHT has struck at the heart of many farming communities and families throughout western NSW, and Port Macquarie parish priest Fr Paul Gooley decided to do something about it. Fr Gooley launched the Bale Out appeal in early July and it was embraced enthusiastically by the parish and the Port Macquarie community. It has spread throughout the Lismore diocese with ... Read More »

Brisbane Oratory novice swaps health care for spiritual care

Br John Henry Newman of the Oratory and a Vietnamese parishioner

HUNG Nguyen can spot a rotten tooth in seconds but after years of prayer he’s decided to study a new form of healing by becoming a priest. The Adelaide-born Vietnamese Catholic has left behind a career as an oral health practitioner to join the Brisbane Oratory. He entered the community on May 26 taking on a new name, Br John ... Read More »

Parish community vows to restore St Columba’s to near-original shape

St Columba's church

IT took a lightning bolt to push the faithful keepers of St Columba’s Church, Wilston, into an action plan to ensure the sacred icon stays standing for another 100 years. Last year lightning struck the 104-year-old church, which is part of the Good Samaritan Parish and St John the Baptist Parish, prompting the community to launch a three-year plan to ... Read More »

‘Sixth-most powerful person in Queensland’ says Catholicism gives him meaning and direction

Karl Morris and sons

AFTER more than 30 years in financial services and wealth management, Karl Morris admits his profile has never been higher than right now. “Even though I’ve had a number of public positions, I’ve had a very private life,” Mr Morris, father-of five, told a menALIVE Father’s Day breakfast in Brisbane. “This changed recently when I became chairman of the Brisbane ... Read More »

Australian bishops say homeless tragedy demands action in national statement

  THE Australian Catholic bishops have registered their deep concern over the alarming growth in the problem of homelessness and insecure housing in Australia. In their Social Justice Statement 2018-19, A Place to Call Home: Making a home for everyone in our land, the bishops call on Australians to look beyond the immediate challenges of the average household budget, to ... Read More »

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