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Brisbane Archbishop Emeritus John Bathersby laid to rest in St Stephen’s Cathedral

BRISBANE Archbishop Emeritus John Bathersby was laid to rest in the city’s St Stephen’s Cathedral today (March 16), remembered as a popular churchman of strong spirit, humour and genuine interest in the lives of others. “In life, John cherished and preached the Gospel of Christ,” Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge said during a funeral Mass. It was a Mass celebrated in ... Read More »

High Court reserves decision on the fate of Cardinal George Pell after two-day hearing

THE High Court of Australia has reserved a decision on whether to overturn Cardinal George Pell’s convictions for child sexual abuse. After two days of hearing from both Cardinal Pell’s lawyer and the prosecution, the court’s full bench of seven judges reserved a decision whether Cardinal Pell will be allowed to appeal his conviction. Both legal teams have been given ... Read More »

High Court weighs up Cardinal George Pell’s final bid at appeal, prosecution arguments heard today

THE High Court of Australia has heard from Cardinal George Pell’s lawyer that evidence presented at trial must have given jurors reasonable doubt that Pell sexually abused two choirboys after Sunday Mass more than two decades ago. Barrister Bret Walker SC was seeking to convince the Court’s full bench of seven judges that Pell’s case warrants and appeal – a ... Read More »

Broome Bishop Christopher Saunders stands aside after abuse allegations

ONE of Australia’s longest serving bishops has stood aside amid the broadcast of allegations against him of historical sex abuse offences.  A Church message issued on March 10 by Perth Archbishop Timothy Costelloe said Broome Bishop Christopher Saunders has voluntarily stood aside from the ordinary administration of the diocese. The statement said the Holy See was “conscious of the particular ... Read More »

Sudanese refugee who came to Australia with no education on road to becoming a surgeon

Huda Fadlelmawla

THERE are a lot of ways to be a woman.  For some, womanhood is strength. For others it is overcoming barriers. “Just stay authentically in whatever goal you want to accomplish,” 24-year-old Huda Fadlelmawla, said during an inspiring lunch forum marking International Women’s Day at Brisbane’s St James College.   “People will catch up with you, even if they didn’t ... Read More »

Queensland police, politicians and community leaders search for solutions to fatal scourge

CAMPAIGNERS against family violence are pressing for the outlawing of coercive control between partners as a way to stop domestic homicides. Queensland is set to hold a domestic violence summit late this month, as police and politicians search for solutions to the domestic violence scourge following the Camp Hill murder of Hannah Clarke and her three children.  The Queensland Women’s ... Read More »

Leading Catholic figure Francis Sullivan calling for changes after sex abuse crisis

LEADING Catholic figure Francis Sullivan has criticised Church authorities for a “glaring lack of moral leadership” over the child sex abuse crisis and has called for the Church to change its “terms of engagement” if it is to remain relevant and engaged in Australia. “Unless we break the shackles of entitlement and cronyism, become inclusive and more representative in our ... Read More »

In tough times, love and support from the community helps ease despair

THEIR work is relentless – the police officers and first responders who arrive in the aftermath of disasters and violent crimes, trying to cope with the immediate trauma, and then spend months, sometimes years on the case.  They are exposed to horrors that rip apart families and cause a ripple of grief across the community – as witnessed in Camp ... Read More »

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