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Purcell family looks inward for life’s meaning and purpose

Gerry and Claire Purcell and their daughters

IT may be difficult for expectant fathers, who are doctors, to choose whether “to be the dad or be the doctor” when baby is on the way. Posing the question to expectant parents Gerry and Claire Purcell, who may welcome their third child between the writing of this story and ... 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 »

Catholic advocates say State of the Environment report echoes Papal encyclical Laudato Si’

Environmental dilemma

CATHOLIC environmental advocates say the State of the Environment report recognises the links between climate change and human activity. Sister of Mercy Wendy Flannery, the convener of Climate Frontlines at Friends of the Earth, Brisbane, said the report “echoes Pope Francis’ Laudato Si’ in so many ways”. She said the ... Read More »

Tensions over new Islamic centre in Gladstone fuelled by ‘unreal fears’

Interfaith meeting

COMMUNITY tensions over plans to build an Islamic centre in Gladstone are fuelled by “unreal fears”, a Church expert on Christian-Muslim relations says. Sydney’s Centre for Christian-Muslim Relations co-ordinator of Columban Father Patrick McInerney is regularly called upon to address religious and cultural concerns that increasingly confront Australian towns and ... Read More »

Sydney author of illustrated child protection book wants Bishops to use Only For Me as educational resource

MIchelle Derrig

PROTECTING children from sexual predators is uppermost in the minds of every good parent and guardian. Even with the public spotlight on child sexual abuse, and with a raft of new legal and reporting practices in place, can we be assured of our kids’ safety? It was at a dinner ... Read More »

Stafford parish leads discussion on northside hospital’s expensive parking rates

Parking rates at Prince Charles Hospital

FINDING a parking spot at the Prince Charles Hospital, Chermside, has proven easier for members of a Brisbane parish than shouldering the burden of the ticket price. Members of the neighbouring Stafford Catholic parish, including parish priest Fr Denis Scanlan, have called for changes to the cost of parking at ... Read More »

Toowoomba IT experts help PNG students with technology

THE partnership between Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, Kavieng, Papua New Guinea, and Toowoomba Catholic Schools has focused on opening up the world to the staff and students through Information and Communications Technology. Four years ago two ICT technicians Nathan Hetherington and Yang Poh, from the Toowoomba Catholic Schools ... Read More »

Centacare Cairns director Anita Vetivers named one of Queensland’s most influential women in community services

Anita Veivers

COMMUNITY services sector expert Anita Veivers has put Cairns on the map after being named one of Queensland’s most influential women in the field. The Centacare Cairns executive director is one of five Queensland women leading the community services industry who will be profiled in a blog with the Community ... Read More »

Two men charged over Toowong cemetery Cross of Sacrifice damage

Cross of Sacrifice

ON Ash Wednesday, a radical group of Brisbane Christian activists took extraordinary action. Members of the Catholic Worker movement allegedly attacked the Cross of Sacrifice, which has stood in Brisbane’s Toowong Cemetery since 1924. The word “allegedly” is used to describe their actions, however the men willingly admit what they ... Read More »

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