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‘Heinous’ abortion laws tabled in Queensland Parliament by Labor Government today

young child protests abortion bill

LABOR has introduced laws aimed at legalising abortion into the Queensland parliament today (August 22), despite latest polling that shows majority opposition among voters. If passed, the laws, would allow women to have an abortion up to 22 weeks, or up until birth if approved by two doctors. Also, “exclusion zones” of 150 metres would be in place around abortion ... Read More »

‘Words are not enough’: Australian Bishops welcome Pope’s letter on abuse but call for action

Pope Francis

THE Catholic bishops of Australia have welcomed Pope Francis’ letter to Catholics regarding sexual abuse in the Church. Australian Catholic Bishops Conference president Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge said the letter, released on August 20, included important words from Pope Francis, but noted words were not enough. “Now is the time for action on many levels – one of which is ... Read More »

Head of CNS Greg Erlandson calls Catholic journalists to be beacons of hope

Greg Erlandson

DIRECTOR and editor-in-chief of Catholic News Service Greg Erlandson tries to look beyond the daily barrage of bad news engulfing the Church. “However painful each new revelation is, however tired we are of it all, our commitment must continue to be: Whatever it takes; whatever it costs; however long it lasts,” the 65-year-old said from CNS Washington headquarters, ahead of ... Read More »

Catholic world has eyes on Australia’s Plenary Council, US theologian says

Richard Gaillardetz

THE entire Catholic world is watching as the Church in Australia moves towards the Plenary Council 2020, according to one of America’s leading theologians. “I think this is one of the most important things that is going to happen in the Church – universal – in the next four or five years,” Joseph Professor of Catholic Systematic Theology, Boston College, ... Read More »

Catholics pray for Deputy Premier Jackie Trad’s change of heart on abortion

Mothers and children pray Rosary outside Jackie Trad's office

MOTHER-of-nine Belinda Goodwin is praying the hardest Rosary of her life in an effort to protect women and the unborn from abortion in Queensland. The Catholic mother, whose children aged between 17 years and 17 months, was among a group of about 20 Catholics including children who prayed the Rosary outside Queensland Deputy Premier Jackie Trad’s office on August 10. ... Read More »

Bishop Harris blesses classrooms at St Anthony’s

Bishop Tim Harris talks to students in a classroom

TOWNSVILLE Bishop Tim Harris joined the Preps and Year 1s of St Anthony’s Catholic College, Deeragun, to bless their new early-learning centre. Parish priest Fr Giles Setter, Townsville Catholic Education executive director Jacqui Francis, director of leadership and school development Ross Horner and State Member for Townsville Scott Stewart were among guests attending. The new facilities, known as the Primi ... Read More »

Rosies searching for Brisbane northside site to expand outreach to homeless

Rosies general manager Andrew O'Brien

HOMELESS men, women and children living rough on Brisbane’s north could soon be making friends with a new team of volunteers for Catholic charity, Rosies. The charity is hoping to open its first branch on the north side by the end of the year. The decision is in response to data from the 2016 Census showing an increase in homelessness ... Read More »

‘It’s not a step forward for rural health’: Theodore residents protest to save town’s maternity service

McIntyre family

RESIDENTS in a small central Queensland town where women are being forced to travel hundreds of kilometres to give birth are battling to have their local hospital maternity ward reopened. The people of Theodore raised more than $70,000 to help repair the maternity ward, part of a $2 million government overhaul, after the hospital was ravaged by floodwaters; only to ... Read More »

Pentecostal leader to Catholics: ‘God wants to see Catholic churches filled with young people’

Karolina Gunsser

PENTECOSTALS buck the trend when it comes to falling numbers amongst churches in Australia. Their congregations are growing strongly particularly amongst the young. When Brisbane’s Karolina Gunsser, a community leader with Citipointe Church, Redcliffe, took to the stage at the recent Proclaim 2018 Conference, she had a powerful message for Catholics about how to engage young people and fuel their ... Read More »

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