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Child asylum seeker finds holiday heaven away from Nauru ‘hell’

art with child refugees

“IT was like you’re living in hell.” This is how a chatty 11-year-old Iranian asylum seeker described the five years she spent in detention on Nauru. “Because it’s really hard,” Esta* said. “After 7pm you can’t go out because it’s not safe – they might hide in the bush and attack you.” Esta was five when she and her family ... Read More »

Canadian parish coach says stop catechising, start evangelising at Proclaim

Ron Huntley

CONVINCING an atheist or lapsed Catholic to fall in love with Jesus Christ begins with recognising that “people don’t care” about catechesis, Canadian parish coach Ron Huntley said. Speaking at the 2018 Proclaim Conference in Brisbane, Mr Huntley said the reason why the Church was not growing boiled down to a fundamental truth, that people don’t care about being taught ... Read More »

Archbishops to meet Prime Minister to solve ‘looming crisis’ of school funding model

Bishops to meet PM Turnbull

AUSTRALIA’S most senior Church figures hope a meeting with the Prime Minister can avoid a “looming crisis” for Catholic schools “with many schools facing the prospect of closure”. Education funding topped the agenda of a July 19 with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in Sydney, with Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge attending as president of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, accompanied by ... Read More »

Pro-life supporters to rally against Queensland Premier’s proposed abortion bill

Pro-life protest

FIERCE political debate is expected with Queensland laws to decriminalise abortion to be introduced into parliament next month. The proposal, similar to laws in Victoria, would allow women to abort a pregnancy up to 22 weeks. Permission for late-term abortions – up until birth – would need to be given by two doctors. “Safe access zones” of 150m would surround ... Read More »

‘Incredible’ Brisbane Catholic mother turns 105

Ruby Duffell

LAUGHTER has proven to be the best and only medicine for Ruby Duffell and possibly the reason she’s made it to her 105th birthday. The mother-of-three from Brisbane turned 105 on July 3 at her home in Villa Maria, Fortitude Valley, where she’s lived for nearly a decade. Remarkably, Ruby doesn’t take any medication, not even the suggestion from doctors ... Read More »

Brisbane Catholics get chance to pitch in to Plenary Council dialogue

Plenary Council

PARISH communities across Brisbane archdiocese are being invited to hold listening and dialogue sessions as the first, preparation stage of the nationwide Plenary Council 2020 gets underway. Evangelisation Brisbane, on behalf of the archdiocese, has sent information brochures to parishes and communities explaining how the plenary process will work, and offering support to set up sessions. The brochure explains the ... Read More »

Australians want more theology courses

Sr Maeve Louise Heaney

GROWING demand for studying theology has prompted Australian Catholic University to set up a centre in Brisbane specialising in short courses and tailored professional learning. The new Xavier Centre for Theological Formation will launch on August 3, and will operate nationally. “Rather than thinking of theology as something that is just a degree that you do when you are training ... Read More »

German Cardinal Gerhard Müller to speak in Brisbane

Cardinal Gerhard Müller

BRISBANE Catholics have a rare opportunity to hear one of the Church’s foremost theologians speak on July 21. Cardinal Gerhard Müller will deliver a public lecture entitled “Blessed John Henry Newman and an unchangeable deposit of faith”. Cardinal Müller served as the prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith from his appointment by Pope Benedict XVI in ... Read More »

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