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Child asylum seeker finds holiday heaven away from Nauru ‘hell’

Child asylum seeker finds holiday heaven away from Nauru ‘hell’

“IT was like you’re living in hell.” This is how a chatty 11-year-old Iranian asylum seeker described the five years she spent in detention on Nauru. “Because it’s really hard,” Esta* said. “After 7pm you can’t go out because it’s not safe – they might hide in the bush and attack you.” Esta was five when she and her family ... Read More »

Pro-life supporters to rally against Queensland Premier’s proposed abortion bill

Pro-life supporters to rally against Queensland Premier’s proposed abortion bill

FIERCE political debate is expected with Queensland laws to decriminalise abortion to be introduced into parliament next month. The proposal, similar to laws in Victoria, would allow women to abort a pregnancy up to 22 weeks. Permission for late-term abortions – up until birth – would need to be given by two doctors. “Safe access zones” of 150m would surround ... Read More »

German Cardinal Gerhard Müller to speak in Brisbane

German Cardinal Gerhard Müller to speak in Brisbane

BRISBANE Catholics have a rare opportunity to hear one of the Church’s foremost theologians speak on July 21. Cardinal Gerhard Müller will deliver a public lecture entitled “Blessed John Henry Newman and an unchangeable deposit of faith”. Cardinal Müller served as the prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith from his appointment by Pope Benedict XVI in ... Read More »

Queensland netball fired up in Townsville

Queensland netball fired up in Townsville

STUDENTS from across the state gathered at Ryan Catholic College, Townsville, for the 2018 Queensland Independent Secondary Schools Netball carnival. This year’s carnival was officially opened on July 1 and concluded on July 6. St Mary’s Catholic College, Cairns defeated St Mary’s Catholic College, Kingaroy 16-15 to close out the division 1 competition and lift the Jemma Mi Mi Shield. ... Read More »

St Mary’s claims Confraternity shield with inspiration from Johnathan Thurston

St Mary’s claims Confraternity shield with inspiration from Johnathan Thurston

ST Mary’s College, Toowoomba, matched the precision of its best-known modern rugby league graduate when it stormed to victory in the Confraternity Shield final in Charters Towers last week. St Mary’s 42-6 win over St Peter Claver College, Riverview, delivered south-east Queensland its first Confraternity Shield in 13 years and highlighted another strong batch of young players from the Darling ... Read More »

Eagleby facility Aishling puts a smile on Jono’s face

Eagleby facility Aishling puts a smile on Jono’s face

ROGER Taufel can sum up the experience of sending his son Jonathan to Centracare’s redeveloped Aishling facility in one, short sentence. “Jono comes home with a smile on his face,” Mr Taufel said. Opened last November and given an official opening this week, the Eagleby facility offers flexible short-stay accommodation and support services for children and young adults with disabilities. ... Read More »

Brisbane grandfather celebrates 25 years in the priesthood

Brisbane grandfather celebrates 25 years in the priesthood

PRIESTS have been known to invite their mothers, fathers, sisters or brothers to their priestly jubilee Mass, but alongside Fr Brian Harris were his children and grandchildren. The Oblate priest, who has six children, 17 grandchildren and one great-grandchild, joined the priesthood in 1987 when he was 55. “I was married and had a family, but my wife died,” Fr ... Read More »

Community spirit gives Sara wheels

Community spirit gives Sara wheels

“IT’S an answer to prayer,” a Brisbane mother-of-six said when her family took delivery of a special mobility vehicle during the week. Mehret Mahari had been hoping and praying for this vehicle since her youngest child Sara, 13, was released from hospital after a backyard accident had left the schoolgirl with severe disability. Sustaining brain injury in the accident in ... Read More »

Senator Amanda Stoker, Queensland’s voice for life

Senator Amanda Stoker, Queensland’s voice for life

NEW Queensland LNP senator Amanda Stoker predicts “terrible consequences” if euthanasia becomes law, and is determined to stand up in parliament for her pro-life, Christian beliefs and the right to religious freedom. “People in this building should be standing up for the fundamentals – like the right to live,” Senator Stoker, a Brisbane mother-of-three and a lawyer, said. After delivering ... Read More »

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