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US abortion provider invited to speak at Brisbane event calls coercion of any sort “appalling”

Dr Alexandra Doig, Dr Leah Torres and Dr Bryan Kenny

ABORTION provider Dr Leah Torres has told Australian lawmakers and campaigners for better care of women regarding reproductive health that she has nightmares about performing terminations “on somebody that doesn’t want one”. Dr Torres, a gynaecologist and obstetrician who for nine years has provided abortions as well as maternity care, prenatal care and other reproductive health procedures in her Utah ... Read More »

Federal and state parliamentarians encourage pro-life Queenslanders at March for Life rally

Large crowd at the March for Life

NATIONALS MP George Christensen will urge the Federal Treasurer to divert millions of dollars in foreign aid that supported an international abortion agency last year to fund local organisations helping women in unplanned or crisis pregnancies. The Queensland politician joined numerous politicians at the annual March for Life rally outside state parliament in Brisbane on Sunday March 18. He told ... Read More »

Pope Francis authorises Australia’s Plenary Council in 2020

POPE Francis has given his approval for the Catholic Church in Australia to hold its first plenary council – the most significant national church gathering  – in more than 80 years. “The Australian bishops are deeply grateful to Pope Francis for affirming the decision and we ask all people to join in prayer as we embark on this journey together ... Read More »

Olympic champ Ken Wallace recalls ‘ratbag’ days at Marymount College

Ken Wallace

OLYMPIC kayaker Ken Wallace might have three medals under his belt, but his past teachers will remember a different kind of boy from his “mischievous” days at Marymount College, Burleigh. Mr Wallace, who has won gold and bronze medals for Australia, said his earliest memory of the college was transitioning from “a big fish in a small pond, to a ... Read More »

Emergency room trip in Philippines prompts family’s Lenten fundraiser

Miguel Balagtas in the emergency room in the Philippines

A BRISBANE parishioner has launched a heartfelt Lenten appeal for a struggling hospital in the Philippines. Sherry Balagtas was shocked at hospital conditions when her 13-year-old son Miguel was admitted with food poisoning during a family holiday in Palawan province recently. She said the Coron District Hospital was poorly lacking in basic supplies and medicines. “We had to call the ... Read More »

Australian youth ministers hear results of national youth survey at research seminar in Brisbane

Trudy Dantis

YOUNG people living in Australia have positive experiences of the Church in youth groups, festivals, Mass or liturgies, and outreach, but still feel dismissed for being “too young” or “too Catholic”, according to findings from a national youth survey. Youth ministers from across Australia at a two-day research seminar in Brisbane last week heard the results of the national youth ... Read More »

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