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Pauline Fathers to ordain first priest from Queensland

Br Joseph Maria Buckley

MICHAEL Buckley has waited 20 years to become a priest and now the “exciting and very terrifying” day is just around the corner. Known by his religious name as Brother Joseph Maria, the 28-year-old deacon will next month become the first Queensland priest for the Order of St Paul the First Hermit, a monastic order founded in 1215. Bishop Columba ... Read More »

Warning signs that can show you he’s an abuser

concerned woman

WHEN we started dating, I thought he was the perfect gentleman. He would open doors for me, take me on picnics and buy me flowers. It wasn’t until six months into the relationship when his controlling and manipulative tendencies surfaced. I’m fortunate I got out before things became too serious. Others haven’t been so fortunate – like a friend of ... Read More »

Children and domestic violence: ‘There is never any harm in seeking support’

Child's play

PARENTS are being advised to reach out for professional help if they are worried that children have been affected by domestic and family violence. Some counsellors warn that the effects may not be easy to recognise particularly for stressed parents coping with the strain of an abusive relationship and the demands of raising children. Centacare executive director Peter Selwood said ... Read More »

Oncology experts say cancer patients should take up exercise and chemotherapy

Cancer patients with ACU professor

WHEN mum Nicole Cooper was diagnosed with incurable, stage-four bowel cancer last year, her oncologist prescribed her two things – chemotherapy and exercise. Old-school medical advice would have been to rest and avoid activity while chemo treatment was undertaken – but not any more. In between bouts of chemotherapy and surgery, the 33-year-old started lengthy runs and gym sessions using ... Read More »

Is there a militant resurgence in Indonesia, the largest Muslim-majority nation?

Church bombed in Indonesia

THE latest church bombings in Indonesia show the same trademark of fear that gripped the country almost a generation ago, and now once again threatens Christians, many of whom are from the ethnic Chinese minority, and make up about nine per cent of Indonesia’s 260 million people. Wind the clock back to Christmas Eve 2000. Orchestrated attacks on churches in ... Read More »

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