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Confirmed cases linked to Sydney Maronite church reinforces health practices in Queensland

Health personnel cleaning down medical room

A COVID-19 scare within a Catholic community in western Sydney, has reinforced the need for Queensland parishes to keep safe with strict health practices that include practicing social distancing, keeping attendance records and cleaning thoroughly after gatherings. “You are doing a marvellous job trying to deal with all the complexities of opening the church again and keeping people safe,” Brisbane ... Read More »

Jackie Trad leading renewed push for euthanasia in Queensland

man dies in hospital

THERE is a renewed push to introduce voluntary euthanasia in Queensland, just as a politician in The Netherlands has proposed a long-awaited bill to offer healthy Dutch people over-75s the right to ask to die. Former treasurer Jackie Trad, now backbencher and a key supporter of voluntary euthanasia, has told The Australian newspaper voters deserved to know where the major ... Read More »

St Laurence’s hosts the national launch of Catholic Mission’s Socktober

Students from St Laurence's College

ALMOST 2000 students at Brisbane’s St Laurence’s College gathered for the national launch of Socktober, Catholic Mission’s schools engagement program. St Laurence’s is one of more than 100 schools to register for Socktober 2020, that uses the world game of soccer to encourage students to learn about mission and social justice, core parts of the Catholic curriculum. As part of ... Read More »

Family friend of Biloela Tamils stuck on Christmas Island says mental health of two daughters at risk

Biloela Tamil family

A FRIEND of the Biloela Tamil family at the centre of a high-profile legal battle to stay in Australia says the mental health of the family’s two young children is deteriorating as wait on Christmas Island for a ruling. Nadesalingam Murugappan, known as Nades, and Kokilapathmapriya Nadesalingam, known as Priya, and their two Australian born daughters Kopika, 4, and Tharunicaa, ... Read More »

Catholic social justice leader praying for grandson battling rare childhood dementia

Chidhood dementia patient Oliver McCoombes with parents Phillip and Catherine

THE Ipswich family of four-year-old Oliver McCoombes, who is battling a rare and fatal type of childhood dementia, are hoping and praying for a cure. Most sufferers of  Sanfilippo syndrome, will forget who their parents are and will not reach adulthood, but Oliver’s close-knit, extended family believe researchers could be on a path to finding a treatment to slow the ... Read More »

Indooroopilly church built in early 1960s wins major architecture award

Holy Family Church Indooroopilly

A SUBURBAN Brisbane Catholic Church described as “a freak of a building”, but also one of “unique beauty” has won the prestigious Enduring Architecture Award at the annual Queensland Architecture Awards. Holy Family Church, Indooroopilly designed by Brisbane architectural firm, Douglas and Barnes, was built in the early 1960s and is a rare example of modernist architecture in Brisbane. The ... Read More »

Cardinal Pell writes about the faith that sustained him through prison

Cardinal Pell

CARDINAL George Pell has written of his 13 months in jail in Victoria, isolated from other prisoners for his own protection, bearing witness to the toughness of daily life behind bars, but sustained by his Catholic faith. Writing on the American website First Things, a journal of religion and public life, Cardinal Pell, now 79, said he was despised by ... Read More »

New study shows Archdiocese of Brisbane contributes $2.5 billion to Queensland economy

Cathy Uechrtritz

A GROUNDBREAKING study shows the huge community contribution of the Catholic Church across south east Queensland. The Archdiocese of Brisbane makes a $2.5 billion contribution to the Queensland economy through its parishes, schools and agencies, employing 22,000 staff to carry out its work and has 14,000 volunteers. “I think even our own aren’t aware of how significant our contribution is ... Read More »

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