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Australian dioceses cut ties with White Ribbon for supporting national access to abortion (UPDATED)

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UPDATE: WHITE Ribbon Australia has pledged its ongoing support for access to legal abortion, despite some of its supporters finding the position unacceptable, including the Brisbane archdiocese, the Parramatta diocese and other Christian groups. Ahead of White Ribbon Day on November 25, the charity, known to many as the “Say no to violence against women” organisation said it supported “the ... Read More »

Sydney man working to protect traditional marriage from attack returns home to support Brisbane campaigners

David Jee

FOR Catholic father-of-six and marriage campaigner David Jee, the same-sex marriage survey was not, ultimately, about winning or losing, it was about the long-haul fight to protect traditional marriage. “This is only really the start,” Mr Jee said, returning to Brisbane to thank some of the thousands of volunteers who spent weeks doorknocking and handing out leaflets in support of ... Read More »

Fertility doctor promoting more effective methods than IVF says women deserve to know how their body works

Professor Pilar Vigil

A WORLD-renowned doctor says natural fertility methods can greatly improve a woman’s health over a lifetime as well as help restore fertility. “Every woman deserves to know how her body works,” Chile’s eminent gynaecologist and clinician, Professor Pilar Vigil said, visiting Australia for the National Fertility Conference, the annual event of the Australasian Institute for Restorative Reproductive Medicine. Professor Vigil ... Read More »

Permanent diaconate growing with Deacon Andrew O’Brien ordained for Brisbane

Deacon Andrew O'Brien walks through the guard of honour following his diaconal ordination.

BRISBANE’S newest permanent deacon has asked Christians to find Christ in the poor, who are thirsting for friendship and human belonging. Deacon Andrew O’Brien, who was ordained a permanent deacon on November 11 at St Stephen’s Cathedral, said Christians should not be afraid to encounter those on the margins, particularly those who lived on the streets. “Our purpose as Christians ... Read More »

Majority of Australians vote yes in national same-sex marriage survey

AUSTRALIANS have voted in support of legalising same-sex marriage following the results of a national survey. The result came to 61.6 per cent voting ‘Yes’ and 38.4 per cent voting ‘No’. A total of 133 out of 150 electorates recorded a majority ‘Yes’ result while only 17 voted ‘No’. The national survey returned 7.8 million responses in support of same ... Read More »

Rosies remembers 30 years since first mission to Schoolies

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THIRTY years ago a group of 28 young adults embarked on a unique and adventurous mission – to provide safe activities for Schoolies flocking to Surfers Paradise. Little did they know that their faith, determination and sense of purpose that created Rosies Gold Coast would be alive and strong today, with final preparations for Schoolies 2017. Schoolies was very different ... Read More »

Kickboxing champion continues his fight to live but family hope to relocate to Iran

Masoud and Fatemeh

FORMER kickboxing champion Masoud Abdollah Pouri marked his 37th birthday recently – inside an aged-care nursing home in Brisbane’s northern suburbs. The one-time member of Iran’s elite Thai kickboxing team has a hypoxic brain injury. He cannot speak, is unable to move most of his body, and is in the constant care of his mother Fatemeh and younger brother Edris. ... Read More »

New journey of service begins for Brisbane men ordained deacons

SEMINARIANS Thomas Zaranski and Damien Everitt have made it to the final step before the priesthood after being ordained deacons today. Archbishop Mark Coleridge ordained Deacon Zaranski, 31, and Deacon Everitt, 43, to the transitional diaconate in a Mass at Holy Spirit Chapel, at Banyo’s Australian Catholic University. The ordination marks the final step before the two can be ordained ... Read More »

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