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Soldiers in solidarity – East Timorese and Australian veterans march together on Anzac Day

Soldiers in solidarity – East Timorese and Australian veterans march together on Anzac Day

MEETING Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge and attending ex-servicemen’s events were among the highlights for veterans of Timor’s war of liberation, visiting South East Queensland for Anzac Day commemorations. Led by former clandestine intelligence operative Jorge Alves, the nine veterans from Timor Leste, attended the Anzac Day Mass in St Stephen’s Cathedral. Earlier that day, the Timor veterans participated in the ... Read More »

Changes for The Catholic Leader delivery to regional dioceses

Changes for The Catholic Leader delivery to regional dioceses

The Catholic Leader is preparing for a new distribution model to readers outside of Brisbane archdiocese. From May 25, the paper will no longer be delivered to parishes in Cairns, Toowoomba and Townsville dioceses and to most parts of Rockhampton diocese. It will remain in the Yeppoon, Bundaberg and Rockhampton cathedral parishes and in all parishes of the Brisbane archdiocese. ... Read More »

Call for better palliative care availability, many terminally ill patients die before receiving access

Call for better palliative care availability, many terminally ill patients die before receiving access

A GROUP of specialist Queensland doctors claim many terminally ill patients are dying before they receive access to palliative care. The claim was made in a submission to the Queensland Government inquiry into the adequacy of aged care, end-of-life and palliative care, and whether there was support for state laws to allow voluntary assisted suicide. “Patients … at any time ... Read More »

Non-lethal strangulation doubles the risk of domestic homicide, but isn’t always easy to see

Non-lethal strangulation doubles the risk of domestic homicide, but isn’t always easy to see

ARCHDIOCESE of Brisbane frontline domestic violence workers have urged a closer focus on strangulation in a bid to lower the number of fatalities in Queensland homes. Centacare’s Family and Relationships Services say any evidence of non-lethal strangulation places a victim immediately in a “high-risk” domestic violence situation. Their urgings are supported by a State Government advisory board that has issued ... Read More »

Decades of service – long-serving archdiocesan worker thanked and farewelled

Decades of service – long-serving archdiocesan worker thanked and farewelled

LONG-serving Brisbane archdiocese staff member Sylvia O’Boyle was farewelled and thanked recently for her significant contribution to the Church. Ms O’Boyle finished up with the Clergy Support Office last year after decades of service to the archdiocese. Prior to arriving in November 1982, Ms O’Boyle had worked locally for an accounting and liquidation firm, as well as the Teachers’ Union. ... Read More »

Killing is killing: Queensland bishops rally against push to legalise voluntary assisted dying

Killing is killing: Queensland bishops rally against push to legalise voluntary assisted dying

A SUBMISSION by Queensland’s six Catholic bishops calling for the protection of human dignity is among hundreds received by a parliamentary inquiry considering end-of-life issues including voluntary assisted dying laws. “A law that would allow direct intentional killing (“voluntary assisted dying”), even if only under strict circumstances, opens the way to a culture in which life is disposable,” the bishops ... Read More »

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