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Catholic world has eyes on Australia’s Plenary Council, US theologian says

Catholic world has eyes on Australia’s Plenary Council, US theologian says

THE entire Catholic world is watching as the Church in Australia moves towards the Plenary Council 2020, according to one of America’s leading theologians. “I think this is one of the most important things that is going to happen in the Church – universal – in the next four or five years,” Joseph Professor of Catholic Systematic Theology, Boston College, ... Read More »

Trauma counsellor warns about psychological impacts of termination in wake of draft abortion bill

Trauma counsellor warns about psychological impacts of termination in wake of draft abortion bill

AN internationally renowned Catholic trauma counsellor has warned of serious long-term psychological impacts on Queensland women if the state’s MPs back a draft bill to legalise abortion. “I’m hoping against hope that it won’t get through,” post-abortion grief and sexual abuse counsellor Anne Lastman said. In the past 17 years, the Melbourne-based counsellor has assisted more than 1500 women who have ... Read More »

Veterans who served in East Timor set up scholarship for unemployed Timorese youth

Veterans who served in East Timor set up scholarship for unemployed Timorese youth

AUSTRALIAN military veterans who served in East Timor have set up a scholarship program offering vocational training for unemployed Timorese youth. Described as a “debt of honour”, because of a close wartime bond between Australia and East Timor, the scholarship is the initiative of the Veteran’s Care Association, which provides holistic care of body, mind and soul for Australia veterans, ... Read More »

Oratory community one step closer to permanency in Brisbane

Oratory community one step closer to permanency in Brisbane

AUSTRALIA’S first Oratory community is finalising its petition to the Holy See to be a canonically established congregation in the Brisbane archdiocese. The Brisbane Oratory in Formation Project, made up of members Fr Adrian Sharp, Fr Andrew Wise, Fr Scot Armstrong, and seminarians Br Shawn Murphy, Br Tyson King, Br Matthew Buckley, Br Conor Power and Br John Henry Nguyen, ... Read More »

BallyCara CEO Marcus Riley tells UN to stop elderly discrimination

BallyCara CEO Marcus Riley tells UN to stop elderly discrimination

  BRISBANE’S Marcus Riley told a United Nation’s forum in New York that access to quality long term care and palliative care were crucial to the global ageing society, and urged the elimination of elderly discrimination and neglect. Mr Riley, chief executive officer of BallyCara that provides retirement living, residential aged care and community care in south-east Queensland, is also ... Read More »

Pope accepts Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson’s resignation

Pope accepts Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson’s resignation

POPE Francis has accepted the resignation of Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson convicted of concealing child abuse by a priest, taking action amid loud and public calls for his dismissal from Catholics, priests and even the prime minister. Wilson, 67, who submitted his resignation to the Pope on July 20, said he hoped his decision would be a “catalyst to heal ... Read More »

Largest survey of young Catholics shows ‘great hope’ for millennials

Largest survey of young Catholics shows ‘great hope’ for millennials

AUSTRALIA’S Bishops will use results from the largest survey of young Catholics in Australia to support young people facing problems with mental health, relationships, politics and living the faith in a secular world. More than 15,000 young peopled aged 16 to 29 completed a survey last year initiated by the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference for the upcoming Synod of Bishops ... Read More »

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