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#WDSD17: Read Olivia Hargroder’s speech at the UN Headquarters in New York for World Down Syndrome Day

Olivia Hargroder is a Year 12 student at Southern Cross Catholic College, Scarborough, Queensland. Olivia was born with Down Syndrome and was told by doctors that she would never learn to speak. A member of the Down Syndrome Association of Queensland, Olivia made her public speaking debut last year at a ... Read More »

‘Every day there is news of people dying’: Brisbane South Sudanese community feeling pain of the famine crisis from afar

South Sudanese famine

FOR Fr Stephen Kumyangi and his Brisbane community the war and famine crisis engulfing South Sudan is deeply personal – they have mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, nieces and nephews stuck in the middle of it. Fr Kumyangi, who is chaplain to Brisbane’s St Bakhita Sudanese Community and associate pastor at ... Read More »

Island nations call for investigation into human rights abuses in West Papua

West Papua

SEVEN Pacific island nations have called for a United Nations investigation into alleged human rights abuses in Indonesia’s West Papua and Papua provinces where a separatist movement has simmered for decades. Vanuatu’s Justice Minister Ronald Warsal made the request during a session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, ... Read More »

Brisbane priest leads prayer for millions facing starvation in native home South Sudan

South Sudan crisis

BRISBANE priest Fr Ladu Yanga is turning to prayer as hundreds of thousands of people in his homeland South Sudan face death by starvation. The United Nations has warned that could be the death toll unless relief workers gain access to needy populations and more relief funding is raised. It ... Read More »

Brisbane aged care advocate tells UN of ‘insidious ageism’ worldwide

Marcus Riley

BRISBANE advocate for the aged Marcus Riley has told delegates at United Nations headquarters in New York that older people are considered a burden, and “insidious ageism … permeates countries around the world”. The 40-year-old, Catholic father-of-three and chairman of the Global Ageing Network, which has a presence in more ... Read More »

PNG families walked up to one week to attend Mass in unfinished Mt Hagen Cathedral

mt hagen mass

IN the highlands of Papua New Guinea, some tribesmen and their families walked for a week to attend a Mass marking the end of the Year of Mercy. They were some of the 5000-strong congregation to pack Mt Hagen’s new cathedral – the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity – even ... Read More »

Order of Preachers marks 800 year anniversary with Brisbane community

dominicans

Dominicans around the world are marking 800 years since St Dominic founded the Order of Preachers. Brisbane’s Dominican community gathered for a Mass at Our Lady of Graces Church, Carina, on November 6, for the conclusion of a year of celebrations. This is the Homily from Dominican priest Fr Matthew ... Read More »

Fair as the moon: Four tips for shooting the supermoon tonight

moon sighting

  WHERE will you be when the moon edges its closest to the Earth in 70 years? For the first time since 1948, the moon will be the closest to the Earth, at 15 per cent larger than its normal size. And it’s happening tonight. The astromonical phenomenon better known as ... Read More »

Iraqi Christians living in Brisbane who made a mass exodus from Qaraqosh rejoice at liberation of their region

iraqi liberation

BRISBANE’S Iraqi Christian refugees have joined worldwide celebrations as US-backed Iraqi forces regain towns and cities across northern Iraq, driving out Islamic State militants. Prayers, feasting and dancing accompanied news that Iraqi troops had taken back Qaraqosh, the mainly Christian town about 20km south-east of Mosul. “We are very excited, ... Read More »

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