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Rebecca Crouch called home from foreign shores for Brisbane youth conference

Rebecca Crouch

“ARE you ready?” is what Rebecca Crouch felt the Lord God ask, preceding her latest adventure in His name. “God is a God of surprises,” she said, between commitments as program director with National Evangelisation Teams, Ireland. In her 15th year with NET, the statuesque woman of faith left Brisbane in 2012 to respond to God’s question with a resounding, ... Read More »

Mojgan Shamsalipoor shares struggle to remain in Australia with Brisbane students as part of book tour

Mojgan Shamsalipoor with Mt Alvernia College students

IRANIAN woman Mojgan Shamsalipoor has started a tour of schools across Queensland explaining to students and teachers the plight of refugees and asylum seekers held in detention. The 24-year-old remains on a temporary bridging visa, and still faces deportation or detention by the end of the year. As she awaits an Immigration Department decision about her future, Ms Shamsalipoor has ... Read More »

International aid agency helping to rebuild troubled Myanmar

Poor child in Myanmar

FOR the past 15 years, Kevin Meese has been visiting Myanmar and has witnessed hard times of suppression under the country’s strict military rulers. Now, the Melbourne director of Catholic Mission is optimistic about Myanmar’s future as it presses ahead with democratic reforms, and he believes the Church has a vital role to play. He welcomes the announcement that Pope ... Read More »

Logan Catholic leaders, mayor criticise national welfare drug test trial

Drug test trial

A FEDERAL Government decision to choose Logan as a site for a national drug testing trial for welfare recipients has missed something crucial – the human element. That’s the view of Catholics who work on the pastoral and welfare frontline of Queensland’s rapidly-growing city, southeast of Brisbane. “At a human level, it can be heartless. At a practical level it ... Read More »

Men stepping out in faith

MenALIVE Renewal of Church

SEARCHING for life’s deeper meaning does not come easily to many men in today’s hectic world. However, more than 200 men from across Australia and New Zealand took time out to attend menALIVE to the MAX, a national Catholic men’s gathering in Brisbane from July 14-16. Described as the largest “Catholic gathering of men in Australia or New Zealand”, attendees ... Read More »

Rite of political election: Why young Catholics need to engage more in Australian politics

Catholic Youth Calling

IF you ever wondered what happened to those provocative billboards promising men a better sex life, just ask Melbourne seminarian Matthew Restall. In 2008 the then-university student stumbled upon an image that would spur him into a national political campaign against sexualised advertising and a short career in politics. “I got involved through trying to change the sexualised culture in ... Read More »

Central Australia’s Arrernte people can now read the Bible in their own language

Arrernte aboriginal bibles

ABOUT 5000 central Australian Aborigines are now able to read the Bible in their own Arrernte language. “It’s a project that has taken more than twenty-five years,” Divine Word Missionaries Father Prakash Menezes, who is assistant priest at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Parish in Alice Springs, said. “Having their own language Bible allows people their own identity now. ... Read More »

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