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Real Talk ready to spread message in state schools

By Emilie Ng MORE Australian schools will hear the truth about sexuality as Real Talk Australia’s team expands their audience and staff in 2015. The Brisbane-based ministry has primarily worked with Catholic schools, but last year managing director Paul Ninnes was hopeful their message would be taken into state schools. Now directors of a Toowoomba-based Christian ministry retiring from presenting ... Read More »

A beacon of hope

By Paul Dobbyn TO a passer-by it would be a non-descript house in a typical Dutton Park street, but the Romero Centre is much more than that. The centre is a beacon of hope and welcome to the world’s war-displaced, driven to Australia’s shores in search of a more secure life. Community engagement co-ordinator Rebecca Lim, together with the centre’s ... Read More »

Pontifical council to consider challenges women face in society and the Church

Young women

VIOLENCE against women, cultural pressures regarding women’s physical appearance, attitudes that subjugate women or that ignore male-female differences, and the growing alienation of women from the Church in some parts of the world are themes the Pontifical Council for Culture is set to explore. The council has chosen to discuss the theme, “Women’s Cultures: Equality and Difference”, during its plenary ... Read More »

Research reveals heroic actions of bishops in Poland during war

ALMOST all Catholic diocesan bishops/administrators in Poland risked their lives helping Jewish people at the time of the Holocaust, according to the newest research. In 1939 in Poland, there were 21 Roman Catholic dioceses. Eight remained without diocesan bishops, who were murdered or exiled. Eleven out of 13 diocesan bishops/administrators in Poland who remained in their dioceses were helping Jewish ... Read More »

Harmonious household

By Emilie Ng PIANO lessons are not compulsory in the Webb family, but according to mum Fiona, go without them and life would be “a bit boring”. Fortunately for Mrs Webb and her husband Paul, boredom is not an issue at home since all 12 of their children are committed to perfecting skills on the piano and at least one ... Read More »

ACMRO calls for truth on Manus

prisoner's hands through fence

THE Australian public has a right to know the truth about events on Manus Island given their taxes are channelled there, the Australian Catholic advocacy body for migrants and refugees has said. “This means these asylum seekers are indirectly under the taxpayers’ care,” Australian Catholic Migrant and Refugee Office national director Scalabrinian Father Maurizio Pettena said. “Asylum seekers too have ... Read More »

Eager start for Izak and Mason

By Emilie Ng SCHOOL may not start until 8.30am weekdays, but twins Izak and Mason Ford were ready for their first school day at Clairvaux MacKillop College, Upper Mt Gravatt, by 5.10am. Their uniforms were neatly pressed, their new school shoes polished and their favourite part of the uniform, the school ties, were knotted in place all before their parents ... Read More »

Church agencies give displaced Iraqis fuel, heaters for winter

Displaced Iraqi Yezidi children

BLANKETS, metal heaters and canisters of kerosene provided by Catholic Relief Services and Caritas filled a parking lot in the Sharia collective in Iraq for collection by their new owners – Yezidis displaced by Islamic State militants in search of badly needed provisions to combat the cold. Thousands of Iraq’s religious minorities were displaced by Islamic State militants last year. ... Read More »

Danger zone

By Peter Bugden NIGERIAN priests in Brisbane archdiocese are keeping a close watch on what is happening in their homeland as Islamic militants Boko Haram continue to terrorise the north-east of the country. Although from Umuahia diocese in Nigeria’s south-east, some of the priests have relatives and friends living in the north-east and people from all parts of the African ... Read More »

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