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Encouraging people in remote Australia live longer and healthier lives to prevent national crisis

Encouraging people in remote Australia live longer and healthier lives to prevent national crisis

THERE are grim health predictions for Australia’s ageing population a decade from now, particularly for people living in rural areas where health services are already lagging behind. A report by the Royal Flying Doctor Service estimates the population in 2028 will nudge 30 million and 15.6 per cent more rural Australians will be diagnosed with chronic illness including cancer. There ... Read More »

With the death toll rising, Catholic aid agencies assisting victims of Indonesian quake and tsunami

With the death toll rising, Catholic aid agencies assisting victims of Indonesian quake and tsunami

CATHOLIC aid agencies are part of the international relief efforts for survivors in remote parts of the Indonesian island of Sulawesi in the aftermath of a 7.5-magnitude earthquake and devastating tsunami. Tens of thousands of people fled their homes when an earthquake struck Central Sulawesi province, and soon after a tsunami engulfed the main centres of Palu and Donggala and ... Read More »

Aged care advocates calling for royal commission to have broad scope

Aged care advocates calling for royal commission to have broad scope

LEADING advocates for Australia’s ageing population have urged that the Royal Commission into aged care should have powers to examine beyond shocking cases of abuse and neglect highlighted in recent media reports. The Brisbane-based chairman of the Global Ageing Network (GAN) Marcus Riley said a royal commission should broaden its scope to examine connected issues in social policy, the legal ... Read More »

Toowoomba community campaign to rid regional city of pornography keeps growing

Toowoomba community campaign to rid regional city of pornography keeps growing

  A UNIQUE campaign to make Toowoomba a porn-free city is spreading across the country and has sparked international interest. Toowoomba is preparing for its third annual public rally next month during which the city’s mayor stands shoulder-to-shoulder with men from all walks of life and together they pledge not to watch pornography. “There is overwhelming research out now that ... Read More »

Youth outreach to go far beyond Brisbane for Ignite Conference in 2019

Youth outreach to go far beyond Brisbane for Ignite Conference in 2019

THE “dream to expand” Ignite Youth has become a reality. This weekend at Ignite Conference in Brisbane archdiocese, more than 1500 participants and supporters welcomed the announcement of a second conference to align with Ignite Youth’s national “flagship event”. From 2019, Ignite Conference will expand into Sydney archdiocese, answering the need to house a “bursting at the seams” crowd. “We’re ... Read More »

Jaya’s Taki courageous story told at Parliament House forum highlights the horrors of abortion

Jaya’s Taki courageous story told at Parliament House forum highlights the horrors of abortion

JAYA Taki was tearful, but determined to share her personal experience of being coerced into abortion. “As I was to eventually find out domestic violence and abortion are closely linked, and stories such as mine are more common than we would ever think,” the young mother told MPs and concerned citizens attending a forum in Queensland’s parliament house building, to ... Read More »

‘The world needs the saving message of the Gospel more than ever’

‘The world needs the saving message of the Gospel more than ever’

BRISBANE Archbishop Mark Coleridge has told a Catholic communications conference in Brisbane the Church has to find its distinctive voice if it was to make a contribution to Australian society. Archbishop Coleridge said there needed to be a “communications conversion”, and challenged Catholic journalists and communications specialists from dioceses across the country to take a lead role. “… In the ... Read More »

Archbishop calls task force in response to marriage crisis across Australia

Archbishop calls task force in response to marriage crisis across Australia

BRISBANE Archbishop Mark Coleridge has called a task force to address the steep decline in Catholic marriages and the implications of same-sex marriage legislation in Australia. Archbishop Coleridge has appointed 10 people from the Archdiocese of Brisbane to the Amoris Laetitia Task Force (ALTF) which will “develop and implement a strategy to promote Catholic marriage and family” in the archdiocese. ... Read More »

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