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#WDSD17: Read Olivia Hargroder’s speech at the UN Headquarters in New York for World Down Syndrome Day

#WDSD17: Read Olivia Hargroder’s speech at the UN Headquarters in New York for World Down Syndrome Day

Olivia Hargroder is a Year 12 student at Southern Cross Catholic College, Scarborough, Queensland. Olivia was born with Down Syndrome and was told by doctors that she would never learn to speak. A member of the Down Syndrome Association of Queensland, Olivia made her public speaking debut last year at a national education conference. She was recently invited to speak at ... Read More »

‘Every day there is news of people dying’: Brisbane South Sudanese community feeling pain of the famine crisis from afar

‘Every day there is news of people dying’: Brisbane South Sudanese community feeling pain of the famine crisis from afar

FOR Fr Stephen Kumyangi and his Brisbane community the war and famine crisis engulfing South Sudan is deeply personal – they have mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, nieces and nephews stuck in the middle of it. Fr Kumyangi, who is chaplain to Brisbane’s St Bakhita Sudanese Community and associate pastor at Upper Mt Gravatt-Wishart parish, was in Uganda a few weeks ... Read More »

Island nations call for investigation into human rights abuses in West Papua

Island nations call for investigation into human rights abuses in West Papua

SEVEN Pacific island nations have called for a United Nations investigation into alleged human rights abuses in Indonesia’s West Papua and Papua provinces where a separatist movement has simmered for decades. Vanuatu’s Justice Minister Ronald Warsal made the request during a session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, on behalf of his country as well as Tonga, Nauru, ... Read More »

Brisbane aged care advocate tells UN of ‘insidious ageism’ worldwide

Brisbane aged care advocate tells UN of ‘insidious ageism’ worldwide

BRISBANE advocate for the aged Marcus Riley has told delegates at United Nations headquarters in New York that older people are considered a burden, and “insidious ageism … permeates countries around the world”. The 40-year-old, Catholic father-of-three and chairman of the Global Ageing Network, which has a presence in more than 50 countries, is lobbying for a UN Convention of ... Read More »

Order of Preachers marks 800 year anniversary with Brisbane community

Order of Preachers marks 800 year anniversary with Brisbane community

Dominicans around the world are marking 800 years since St Dominic founded the Order of Preachers. Brisbane’s Dominican community gathered for a Mass at Our Lady of Graces Church, Carina, on November 6, for the conclusion of a year of celebrations. This is the Homily from Dominican priest Fr Matthew Boland, based in Melbourne. WE gather to mark the end ... Read More »

Fair as the moon: Four tips for shooting the supermoon tonight

Fair as the moon: Four tips for shooting the supermoon tonight

  WHERE will you be when the moon edges its closest to the Earth in 70 years? For the first time since 1948, the moon will be the closest to the Earth, at 15 per cent larger than its normal size. And it’s happening tonight. The astromonical phenomenon better known as the supermoon will occur, according to NASA, because the moon ... Read More »

Iraqi Christians living in Brisbane who made a mass exodus from Qaraqosh rejoice at liberation of their region

Iraqi Christians living in Brisbane who made a mass exodus from Qaraqosh rejoice at liberation of their region

BRISBANE’S Iraqi Christian refugees have joined worldwide celebrations as US-backed Iraqi forces regain towns and cities across northern Iraq, driving out Islamic State militants. Prayers, feasting and dancing accompanied news that Iraqi troops had taken back Qaraqosh, the mainly Christian town about 20km south-east of Mosul. “We are very excited, very happy,” said Kareem Patros, from the Parish of St ... Read More »

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