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Religious education in Queensland state schools in safe hands

State School Religious Education

THERE is no threat to religious instruction in Queensland state schools. That is the assurance that has been given to a special committee tasked by Education Minister Kate Jones to deal with an unholy row over the teaching of Christian principles to primary schoolers. A media storm erupted a fortnight ago, after a report in The Australian claimed talking about ... Read More »

Thousands say farewell to Rockhampton priest Fr Chris Schick

Farewell Father

ROCKHAMPTON priest Fr Chris Schick died, surrounded by his family at Yeppoon, on July 30 after a short battle with cancer. He was 59 years old. More than 1000 mourners gathered at his funeral at St Joseph’s Cathedral at Rockhampton on August 3 to pray and thank Fr Schick for his gifts to his communities. The crowd was so large ... Read More »

Australia’s first saint a source of inspiration for struggling families

Sister Marie Dowling

FAMILIES struggling to put food on the table could find hope from the life of Australia’s first saint, St Mary of the Cross. While the Fitzroy-born saint is well known for her battles against the hierarchical Church, Josephite Sister Marie Dowling believes the path to sainthood was seen in her unhappy family life. “I think the seeds of sainthood were ... Read More »

Catholic kindergarten making Jesus known to children turns 50

Canossa Kindy staff, mum and children

A CATHOLIC kindergarten in Brisbane that has “given God” to children from the past three generations has turned 50. Canossa Kindy was opened by the Canossian Daughters of Charity in Brisbane in 1967, and has since taught hundreds of children from the Coorparoo area and beyond. Some of the children who are enrolled at the kindy are grandchildren or children ... Read More »

Push to have women tested for Fragile X Syndrome ‘ethically troublesome’

lab test

A THORNY ethical dilemma surrounds a new push by doctors to have women screened for Fragile X Syndrome (FXS), linked to intellectual disabilities and the most common single genetic cause of autism. Researchers at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute and the University of Melbourne are recommending that women should be offered testing for FXS, an inherited genetic condition, if pregnant ... Read More »

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