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Can Catholics enter the marriage debate without mentioning religion? Two men talk it out.

NEWLY published authors Jeremy Bell and John McCaughan are practising Catholics who both agree religion is not needed to defend traditional marriage in public. The co-authors of their first book, Two Men Talk About Marriage, revealed at their Brisbane launch on August 24 how religion barely came into the equation when they individually ... Read More »

Country girl and evolution believer inspired by God the Creator wins world science break

Isabelle Russell

WINNING a 50,000 Euro ($AUD76,000) scholarship for a competitive Masters program as a rural student was only achievable with prayer, science student Isabelle Russell said. Ms Russell, 22, was one of only five students living outside of Europe who received a Category A scholarship for the Erasmus Mundus Masters Program ... Read More »

Mother Teresa’s first words to Dominican priest Fr Dominic Murphy: ‘Mix the curry’

Mother Teresa and Fr Dominic Murphy

DOMINICAN Father Dominic Murphy can never eat a curry without thinking of a tiny Albanian nun, now known as St Teresa of Kolkata. In 1990, Fr Murphy had travelled to Kolkata to work with the Missionaries of Charity, the order founded by Mother Teresa. “In 1988 to 1990 in Melbourne, my vocation ... Read More »

Historic partnership will offer accommodation to combat rising rate of homeless women

Lady Musgrave Trust

EACH year in Queensland more than a thousand young homeless women, many with children, are forced into hotel rooms because of a shortage of emergency accommodation. It’s a grim reflection of the rising rate of homeless women in Queensland – particularly the result of domestic violence. Despite a big injection ... Read More »

Pro-life group praises protection for unborn

LNP votes for no changes to abortion bill

QUEENSLAND pro-life organisation Cherish Life have welcomed a majority decision from the Liberal National Party to oppose changes to abortion laws. Cherish Life responded positively to a 95 per cent vote to stop two private member’s bills calling for the decriminalisation of abortion in Queensland. The motion was moved by ... Read More »

Toowoomba Ursulines hand over reins at St Ursula’s

THE Ursuline Sisters have transferred ownership and governance of St Ursula’s College to Toowoomba diocese, ending an era of 85 years. The Toowoomba college, founded by the Ursulines in 1931, has a tradition of educating young women from Queensland and northern NSW. The sisters’ Australian provincial Sr Ruth Durick, in ... Read More »

‘Myriad of cultural communities’ show off different ways to worship

BRISBANE’S annual Multicultural Mass is a snapshot of the future of the Catholic Church in Australia, Archbishop Mark Coleridge said. Archbishop Coleridge concelebrated at the annual Mass at St Stephen’s Cathedral last Sunday to mark the end of Migrant and Refugee Week. More than 1200 people attended. Evangelisation Brisbane director ... Read More »

Josephite Sister one of seven religious arrested at Sydney asylum protest

Josephite Sr Susan Connelly

JOSEPHITE Sister Susan Connelly has described as “an enormously Eucharistic moment” her “arrest” in Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s electoral office in Sydney on August 29. Sr Connelly was one of seven religious leaders who refused police orders to leave the PM’s office while they staged a prayer protest over offshore ... Read More »

Italian mum and traditional spaghetti all’amatriciana master urges Brisbane chefs to add dish to menus for quake victims

ITALIAN mum Daniela Belucci has turned her Brisbane kitchen into a support centre for fellow Italians devastated by an earthquake in Amatrice. The mother-of-four remembers feeling shocked after news reports showed the historic town was under rubble, killing more than 300. “As I watched the news reports this week, my ... Read More »

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