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Roma teacher shares touching insights into his adoption story

Ryan Baines

YOUNG Roma religious education teacher Ryan Baines delivered an inspiring talk at the University of Southern Queensland recently with the simple message, “Do what gives you life”. That was a theme in his hour-long tale on second chances, faith and discovering new horizons. He was delivering the annual Concannon Oration, organised by Concannon College. About 200 people gathered to hear ... Read More »

Esk churches unite to thank God for rain in southern Queensland

Children play in a puddle in Maryvale

RAIN across parts of southern Queensland has lifted spirits in many dry farming regions – but no more so than in the south-east town of Esk, where a Day of Prayer and Thanksgiving for Rural Communities and Rain has been cause for galvanising and jubilant celebration. In Esk, 100km north-west of Brisbane, last Sunday’s ecumenical event, initiated by the St ... Read More »

Kerala floods brings out compassionate side to humanity

Road submerged in Kerala, India

TORRENTIAL rain may have brought an entire Indian state under water, killing hundreds and leaving thousands stranded, but the people of Kerala have showed awe-inspiring resilience. Kerala’s monsoon season gave way to the state’s worst floods in 100 years, claiming the lives of 445 people and destroying entire properties. More than 220,000 people have been forced to take up refuge ... Read More »

Archbishop Coleridge calls cultures of the world to ‘centre stage’ of the Church

Multicultural Mass procession

MULTICULTURAL communities are to be “centre stage” of the Church – not isolated and on the margins – if the future of the Church is to become what Jesus wants. In his homily for Brisbane archdiocese’s annual Multicultural Mass last Sunday, Archbishop Mark Coleridge repeated his desire to see multicultural groups included more in the heart of the Church. Archbishop ... Read More »

Endocrinologist predicts ‘wave of suicides’ among children ‘blindly’ affirmed as transgender

Dr Quentin Van Meter

PAEDIATRIC endocrinologist Dr Quentin Van Meter believes the harmful sex-change experiment that led to the tragic death of an identical twin in 2004 will be repeated under the latest standards of treating people with gender dysphoria. Bruce and Brian Reimer were patients at the John Hopkins Hospital in the late 1960s, where Dr Van Meter trained as a fellow several ... Read More »

New Mater Research study will track health of 10,000 Queenslanders over 30 years

mother having an ultrasound

RECRUITMENT started last week for a pilot study that is part of a major research project to track the health of 10,000 Queensland families during the next three decades. Mater Research, a Catholic institution and part of the Mater Group, is planning the largest group cohort study in the state since the 1980s, in collaboration with Queensland universities and hospitals. ... Read More »

Sister from Eileen O’Connor’s order ‘nudged’ Church to advance her cause for sainthood

Eileen O'Connor and Theresa McLaughlin

THE former congregational leader for Our Lady’s Nurses for the Poor possibly “nudged” the Holy See to consider her foundress, Sydney woman Eileen O’Connor, as Australia’s next saint. Miss O’Connor, who founded Our Lady’s Nurses for the Poor, or the Brown Nurses, in 1913, was given formal recognition as a candidate for sainthood after receiving the title of Servant of ... Read More »

Brisbane priest originally from Kerala says disastrous floods ‘the worst I’ve heard in my whole life’

Kerala flods

INDIAN priests from Kerala, the southern Indian state experiencing the worst floods in 100 years, could only pray from their Brisbane presbyteries as they watched their home state disappear under water. “This is the worst I’ve heard in my whole life,” Yeronga parish priest and Kerala native Fr Josekutty Vadakkel said. Heavy rains and landslides during India’s customary June-July monsoon ... Read More »

Second stage of new Cairns school opened and blessed

Bishop Foley blesses Cairns school classroom

MACKILLOP Catholic College is celebrating the completion of the second stage of its development at Mount Peter, having tripled its enrolment since opening in 2016. College principal Luke Reed said the people of Queensland through the State Government had provided extensive funds for the first stages of the college. “We thank our fellow Queenslanders for their partnership and confidence in ... Read More »

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