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Ross River Dam gates open for first time in years as North Queensland buckles in for rough weather

Ross River Dam gates open for first time in years as North Queensland buckles in for rough weather

HEAVY rains and rising floodwaters have cut off roads and bridges across North Queensland, quenching a long drought and even forcing the opening of the Ross River Dam floodgates for the first time since 2014. A disaster situation was declared by Queensland premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and ordered the closure of Townsville schools and childcare centres for Friday, February 1.  However, ... Read More »

Pilgrims journeying across the world to discover a new place deep inside themselves

Pilgrims journeying across the world to discover a new place deep inside themselves

FOUR Cairns Catholic Education women have trekked their way to Panama to celebrate World Youth Day 2019. Catholic primary school teachers Jenai Stone, Natalie Jensen and Kara Martin set off with CCE identity and outreach director Sharon O’Keeffe to engage and explore their faith. Ms O’Keeffe said in a reflection that it had been a blessed journey so far. “While ... Read More »

Pilgrims from Rockhampton feel spiritually ‘woke’ after walking in the footsteps of Jesus

Pilgrims from Rockhampton  feel spiritually ‘woke’ after walking in the footsteps of Jesus

THIRTY-one pilgrims, including Rockhampton Bishop Michael McCarthy, found themselves humbled and spiritually reawakened walking the roads Jesus walked. Fr Noel Milner, who has worked with parishes from Brisbane to Blackall, led the group with Bishop McCarthy to the Holy Land. “It is always a great spiritual privilege to go on pilgrimage – to walk where Jesus walked, as they say,” ... Read More »

‘This (abortion) bill is among the worst of its kind’, Mackay pro-life rally told

‘This (abortion) bill is among the worst of its kind’, Mackay pro-life rally told

PROPOSED abortion legislation has been labelled “brutal and horrific” by a pro-life speaker at the fourth annual March for the Babies in Mackay attended by more than 150 people last weekend. The march and rally was in opposition to the Labor Government’s Termination of Pregnancy Bill, which would allow for abortion up to 22 weeks’ gestation, and after 22 weeks ... Read More »

Hundreds of Toowoomba protesters voice their opposition to proposed bill to legalise abortion

Hundreds of Toowoomba protesters voice their opposition to  proposed bill to legalise abortion

By Mark Bowling QUEENSLAND Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and her cabinet meeting in Toowoomba have been met by pro-life protesters this week voicing opposition to the Government’s proposed bill to legalise abortion. Chanting “life, life, life”, more than 600 people joined a lunchtime rally outside the city hall on September 26, where the Premier and her cabinet colleagues were meeting. Rally ... Read More »

Roma teacher shares touching insights into his adoption story

Roma teacher shares touching insights into his adoption story

YOUNG Roma religious education teacher Ryan Baines delivered an inspiring talk at the University of Southern Queensland recently with the simple message, “Do what gives you life”. That was a theme in his hour-long tale on second chances, faith and discovering new horizons. He was delivering the annual Concannon Oration, organised by Concannon College. About 200 people gathered to hear ... Read More »

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