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Is there a militant resurgence in Indonesia, the largest Muslim-majority nation?

Church bombed in Indonesia

THE latest church bombings in Indonesia show the same trademark of fear that gripped the country almost a generation ago, and now once again threatens Christians, many of whom are from the ethnic Chinese minority, and make up about nine per cent of Indonesia’s 260 million people. Wind the clock back to Christmas Eve 2000. Orchestrated attacks on churches in ... Read More »

Caloundra principal showcases beauty of the Coast in art exhibition

Michael Stewart

PRIMARY school principal Michael Stewart has a rare gift of seeing beauty in a budding flower, the roaring Sunshine Coast beaches, and even a plate of lasagne from the local cafe. The talented artist and leader of Our Lady of the Rosary School, Caloundra, is showcasing these “beauties” and more in an exhibition at the Caloundra Regional Gallery. Mr Stewart ... Read More »

Free fitness classes soothe body and soul at Booval

Booval fitness

GREAT-grandmother Eileen Galligan has carried 15 children in her lifetime but now her 87-year-old legs are having trouble carrying anything else. “They don’t want to carry me,” Mrs Galligan said. The long-time Booval parishioner is one of nearly 20 seniors attending a free fitness class helping the former farmer get back on her feet. The classes are held every Friday ... Read More »

Mothers who tragically lost their sons bond over support group for grieving parents

grieving mothers

IT’S a standard question: “How many children do you have?” Sue Fleming and Nicolette Kloppers, who live in Stanthorpe, in Toowoomba diocese, are mothers who answer with certainty although it can be “an awkward question”. “People say, ‘How many kids have you got?’ and I always say, ‘I have four’,” Sue said. “I say their names and ages but then ... Read More »

Jasmine’s shooting for big success as hoop dreams become reality

Jasmine Manning

JASMINE Manning has a great passion for basketball, shooting hoops whenever she gets a chance. Her hunger has paid off, with the Year 10 student at St Andrew’s Catholic College, Redlynch Valley, picked to represent the state. “I’ve been selected to play for the women’s national league wheelchair basketball team, the Queensland Comets,” Jasmine said. She said she was excited ... Read More »

New ACBC president to ‘make sure Jesus is at the heart of everything’

Archbishop Mark Coleridge

BRISBANE Archbishop Mark Coleridge says he will be “working to make sure Jesus is at the heart of everything” as he prepares to lead Australia’s Catholics through the sexual abuse crisis and the upcoming historic plenary council. “This will mean helping the Church find a distinctively Gospel voice in the great social debates – not fighting ideology with ideology, but ... Read More »

Push to remove conscience vote on abortion denounced by Brisbane pro-life leader

Julie Borger

AN Australian Labor Party push to deprive its members in the Queensland Parliament of their right to vote according to their conscience on the decriminalisation of abortion has been criticised by Cherish Life Queensland. A pro-abortion group within the ALP, Labor for Choice, is pushing for this change to the party platform at the next national conference in July. “Freedom ... Read More »

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