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Asylum seeker Mojgan released from detention and reunited with husband

Mojgan is free

THE Brisbane family of 22-year-old Iranian asylum seeker Mojgan Shamsalipoor, is today coming to grips with her release from detention. She was awarded a bridging visa and released into the arms of her Australian resident husband, Milad Jafari yesterday after two years in detention centres in Brisbane and Darwin. The ... Read More »

Country parish ‘a breath of fresh air’ for Indian pastor

Fr Noyichan

GATTON’S newest parish priest didn’t expect to find India in the Lockyer Valley. Missionary Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament Father Noyichan Mamoottil, officially installed this month as the pastor for the Gatton-Laidley parish, believes his new parishioners have a similar character to Catholics in Kerala, India. “I think it’s because ... Read More »

Rob Pyne fails to impress parliamentary committee examining his second attempt to legalise abortion

Cairns MP Rob Pyne

IT was less than a stellar performance. Abortion advocate State Member for Cairns Rob Pyne failed to answer questions and skirted others on September 14 as he appeared before a parliamentary committee examining his second abortion bill – the Health (Abortion Law Reform) Amendment Bill 2016. Questioned during a 45-minute ... Read More »

The number of women calling a domestic violence helpline every day isn’t decreasing

Domestic violence rise: “This is a very significant increase. The magnitude of it has taken everyone by surprise.”

THE rapid rise in the number of Queensland women fleeing domestic violence has been attributed to massive media attention following the deaths of two women on the Gold Coast – Tara Brown and Karina Lock – in September last year. The number of women and children seeking refuge in emergency ... Read More »

New report shows half a million older Australians are living below the poverty line

pensioners

ABOUT half a million older Australians – or one-third of those on the age pension – are living below the poverty line, according to a new report. Poverty for some means skipping meals to pay for medication, blending meals which can be swallowed because dental care is unaffordable, and turning ... Read More »

Catholics remember wife of Emmanuel Community founder, Lorraine Smith

Lorraine Smith

CATHOLICS have honoured the spiritual mother of Brisbane’s charismatic renewal as “a faithful woman of God” with an unforgettable heart of forgiveness. Lorraine Smith, who was the wife of the founder of Emmanuel Community in Brisbane, died on September 13. Long-time friend Lisa Humphrys, who knew Mrs Smith since she was ... Read More »

Brisbane conference to prove religion is relevant in public debate, with support from former PM

religion

FORMER Prime Minister Tony Abbott will be among key speakers at a Brisbane conference aimed at fortifying the relevance of faith in the public square. Spirit in the City, hosted by the Queensland University of Technology chaplaincy, will draw speakers including Mr Abbott, Archbishop Mark Coleridge, Mercy Sister Moira Debono ... Read More »

Torres Strait beauty shines in Australia’s first Aboriginal Model Search

Temanu O'Brien-Schmidt

INDIGENOUS beauty Temanu O’Brien-Schmidt is planning to put the “small islands” of the Torres Strait on the map if she becomes Australia’s next Aboriginal Supermodel. The Torres Strait Islander and Lourdes Hill College Year 8 student was selected as a national finalist for the first Aboriginal Model Search in Australia, ... Read More »

Queensland Senator Matthew Canavan found God in Holy Matrimony

Senator Matthew Canavan

AUSTRALIA’S youngest sworn Federal Cabinet Minister is glad he never fell to the Communists. Matthew Canavan was 17 and finishing high school at Chisholm Catholic College, Cornubia, when he flirted with the idea of being a Communist. He was already a member of Edmund Rice Camps, a ministry started by ... Read More »

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