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Clergy and politicians say a change in the definition of marriage will impact all Church members

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ALL members of religious groups deserve the right to not participate in same-sex marriage ceremonies if they hold a traditional view of marriage, the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference said in a submission to a Senate inquiry. The Australian Senate has established a select committee to examine draft exemptions in proposed same-sex legislation for ministers of religion, civil celebrants and service ... Read More »

Poverty blues: The number of young people living on the street is rising

MAX Bushnell and Bianca Jackson sit with an empty hat begging for help. They are the hard-luck face of the street in 2017, as support agencies like the St Vincent de Paul Society are bracing for a tough year ahead. Young people make up an increasing number of people turning to agencies for support. Last Monday night Mr Bushnell and ... Read More »

Indooroopilly priest ready to live among the poor in Flores, Indonesia

Fr Neville Yun

PARISH priest Fr Neville Yun is preparing to live with just the clothes on his back when he heads on a mission trip to Indonesia this year. The parish priest at Holy Family Indooroopilly will spend two weeks with the Missionaries of the Poor, a religious order that take an extra vow of free service to the poor. Founded by ... Read More »

Bundaberg mum hopeful and positive after undergoing stem cell treatment to cure MS

Fiona Ward

MULTIPLE sclerosis sufferer Fiona Ward has “no regrets” about undergoing an overseas treatment for her disease last March that is not recognised in Australia. The former police officer returned to her Bundaberg home seven months ago following an adult stem-cell treatment for multiple sclerosis in Mexico. The treatment, known as autologous hematopoietic stem-cell transplant, is not approved in Australia but ... Read More »

Townsville diocese prays for PNG’s first cardinal at welcome Mass

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DURING the welcome Mass for Cardinal John Ribat late last year, many people spoke kindly of the shepherd who was now the first cardinal to be appointed from Papua New Guinea. Apostolic nuncio for Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands Archbishop Kurian Mathew Vayalunkal said: “We are here to share our joy and express our gratitude to God for ... Read More »

Disaster zones need your help, not heels and handbags, says new report

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UNREQUESTED donations given to Pacific neighbours after disasters may cause more harm than good, a report commissioned by the Australian Red Cross has found. It’s the first research of its kind examining the often-huge financial burden of having to dispose of unwanted goods sent by well-meaning Australians. Fiji received 133 containers and more than 8000 pieces of loose cargo, the ... Read More »

Josephine Sister seeks just outcome on Timor Gap

Josephite Sr Susan Connelly

JOSEPHITE nun and human rights advocate Josephite Sister Susan Connelly has urged Australians to maintain pressure on the Federal Government to negotiate a fair maritime boundary with East Timor. On January 9, Australia and East Timor agreed to begin negotiations on a permanent maritime boundary between the two countries – a significant shift which could potentially end years of dispute ... Read More »

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