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All Hallows’ graduate shocked by refugee visa process starts charity to support child asylum seekers

Rory McGahan

SEEING asylum seekers struggle to fill out a “deliberately impossible” visa application has motivated a Catholic school graduate to give child refugees a better chance at staying in Australia. All Hallows’ School graduate from 2014, Rory McGahan, is the co-founder of The Unknown Project, a new Brisbane-based initiative that sells wrapped second-hand books to buy school resources for young asylum ... Read More »

Leaders of world’s three personal ordinariates to meet in Australia for the first time

Three Ordinariate leaders

THE leaders of the only three communities established for former Anglicans who sought communion with the Catholic Church will meet for the first time in Australia next month. Monsignor Keith Newton, of the Ordinariate in the United Kingdom, Bishop Steven Lopes, of the Ordinariate in the United States, and Australia’s own Ordinary Monsignor Harry Entwistle will meet in Brisbane at ... Read More »

Roby Curtis not turning a blind eye to homeless

Roby Curtis blind eye

FOR many of the homeless who drop in to Brisbane’s inner city Blind Eye Centre this is their only sanctuary. The most vulnerable sleep under bridges, huddle in doorways or hide behind building air vents as they wait out the hours of darkness and bitter cold. “It is street survival mode for a lot of these people,” Blind Eye Centre ... Read More »

Sydney ethicist says same-sex marriage campaign ignores a child’s right to a mother and father

children's rights ignored

LEADING Catholic bioethicist Margaret Somerville is familiar with the jibes and attacks that accompany a national debate about same-sex marriage. About 15 years ago, the now Sydney-based Notre Dame University professor of bioethics lived through heated ideological battles as Canada edged towards same-sex marriage laws. Canada progressively introduced legislation in several provinces by court decisions beginning in 2003 before legally ... Read More »

Workplace exploitation leaving Latin American students without food, security

LATIN American students living in Brisbane can’t afford to buy food because Australian employers are underpaying them. This is just one of the concerns raised by a group of international students from Brisbane’s Latin American Catholic community, who meet weekly at Ashgrove. Sergio Duran, a Catholic from Colombia who moved to Brisbane four years ago, said he had been exploited ... Read More »

Bishops call for protection of confessional seal following Royal Commission’s recommendations

confessional

PROTECTING the sacred dialogue between God and sinner in the confessional needs to be paramount if Australian lawmakers are to follow new recommendations proposed by the Royal Commission, Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge has said. Archbishop Coleridge was responding to the recommendations made by Royal Commission into child sexual abuse that would require members of clergy to report information even if ... Read More »

League star to talk about sex and relationships in Brisbane

Jason Stevens Talks Relationships

RUBGY league legend Jason Stevens will be in Brisbane next month to share the story behind his public promise to keep sex for marriage. Mr Stevens, a former player for the St George Dragons and the Cronulla Sharks, will address the annual Real Talk fundraising dinner to speak about the turning point that led him to give up a life ... Read More »

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