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Debt wiped for Youth Off the Streets, but there’s no guarantee of funding beyond 2019

YOUTH Off The Streets founder and chief executive officer Salesian Father Chris Riley had his controversial $630,000 government debt wiped clean during a meeting with Education Minister Dan Tehan yesterday. The debt – which resulted from an unannounced change to federal government funding – had been used to finance the operation of six schools run by the charity. The Education ... Read More »

Australia says sorry to victims of abuse – ‘I believe you, we believe you, your country believes you’

PRIME Minister Scott Morrison has delivered a sobering apology to the victims and survivors of child sexual abuse. The leaders of Catholic Religious Australia and the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference have welcomed Mr Morrison’s apology and recommitted to working with the community to eliminate the scourge of child sexual abuse. “On behalf of the Catholic bishops and religious leaders of ... Read More »

Brisbane priest witnesses the Church and people of Iraq rebuilding after ISIS devastated their country

BRISBANE priest Fr Gerry Hefferan has visited some of the towns devastated by ISIS in the Nineveh Plains of northern Iraq and been struck by the “incredible resilience” of families rebuilding their lives there. “I remember the courage and perseverance of returning families and their hospitality,” Fr Hefferan told parishioners at the Parish of St Joseph and St Anthony, Bracken ... Read More »

Queensland abortion legislation is ‘a horrible law, a total disregard for innocent human life’

  BRISBANE Archbishop Mark Coleridge has questioned the integrity of the “so-called ‘conscience’ vote” when the Queensland Parliament voted to decriminalise abortion in a late-night extended session. The bill, which passed Queensland Parliament by 50 votes to 41 on October 17, allows for abortions up to 22 weeks, and beyond 22 weeks with the approval of a second doctor. These ... Read More »

Responding to God’s gentle voice, Sr Teresa makes her first profession as a Verbum Dei Missionary

WITH conviction her life belongs to God, Teresa Gasparin embraced her profession of temporal (or first) vows as a Verbum Dei Missionary Sister on August 4 at the Isle of Wight, England. The Catholic Leader traced the former Stanthorpe parishioner’s journey towards formal discernment just over two years ago, as she farewelled close family and a supportive parish community, to ... Read More »

‘This (abortion) bill is among the worst of its kind’, Mackay pro-life rally told

PROPOSED abortion legislation has been labelled “brutal and horrific” by a pro-life speaker at the fourth annual March for the Babies in Mackay attended by more than 150 people last weekend. The march and rally was in opposition to the Labor Government’s Termination of Pregnancy Bill, which would allow for abortion up to 22 weeks’ gestation, and after 22 weeks ... Read More »

MP physician voting No: ‘The issue of abortion is personally distressing … deeply confronting’

PRO-life advocates gathered outside Queensland Parliament House last weekend for one final protest against the Palaszczuk Labor Government’s abortion bill, which was to be voted on in parliament this week. A conscience vote would determine whether or not women could terminate their pregnancies up to 22 weeks, and until birth with the permission of two doctors. Member for Moggill Dr ... Read More »

Country parish damaged as super-cell thunderstorms rip through South Burnett region

“JUST awful” was the way Fr Chukwudi Chinaka described the scene as he drove around his country parish inspecting the damage left by wild storms on October 11. Super-cell thunderstorms ripped through the South Burnett on that Thursday afternoon leaving a path of destruction as they moved through towards the coast. Fr Chinaka, administrator of the Kingaroy and Nanango parishes, ... Read More »

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