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West End parishioners outraged at council plan to remove car parks across from church

St Francis' Church West End

INNER-city Brisbane parishioners are outraged at a council proposal to limit access to their historic West End church and community hall in favour of cyclists. “It’s very unfair. It’s come out of nowhere. Everybody is aghast,” St Francis of Assisi Church parishioner Marian Bhasin said. Dozens of daily church attendees – many elderly and disabled – will be inconvenienced by ... Read More »

Queensland faith leaders form a united front against euthanasia for the common good

euthanasia

QUEENSLAND’S religious leaders’ strong and united stand against legalising euthanasia has been bolstered by a major Vatican declaration in support of dying patients. A letter signed by 16 faith leaders, including Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge, urges greater support for palliative care, and warned that voluntary assisted dying was “not dying well”.  “We believe that the Queensland Government should maintain the ... Read More »

Former solider says faith-based rehab program eased decades of anguish

A FORMER soldier who served in East Timor 20 years ago has told how a recent return to that country on a spirituality-inspired rehabilitation program has helped ease decades of suffering from trauma. “I feel like a weight has been lifted, and I can now look at things in a different way,” Townsville veteran Murray Sutherland said.  “A lot of ... Read More »

Brisbane dad fighting to protect children from pornography welcomes government inquiry

Paul Ninnes

A BRISBANE parent advocating for protection of children against child pornography has welcomed a government inquiry into the sensitive subject. “Thank you for fighting for our kids,” Paul Ninnes said in an online statement to thousands of people who signed an online petition calling for government action.  “As a dad and someone that deals with the effects of childhood exposure ... Read More »

Woodridge parish priest says drug testing welfare recipients not practical

A PARISH priest in Logan, one of the sites proposed to trial drug testing for welfare recipients, says the experiment does not make practical sense. “The addictions of drugs and alcohol need psychological and social work intervention, not compulsion,” Fr David Batey, priest at St Paul’s parish, Woodridge, in the heart of Logan, said.  A Senate committee has heard reams ... Read More »

Catholic Church to dedicate November as month to pray for drought-busting rain

ACROSS a parched Australia the Church is dedicating November as a month to pray for those touched by crippling drought, and to pray for rain. Parishes, schools, families and Catholic communities across the country are being encouraged to take part in the National Prayer Campaign for Drought, which also invites people to dig deep and provide assistance to those in need. ... Read More »

Brisbane Oratory rejoices over canonisation of St John Henry Newman

THE life of newly declared St John Henry Newman holds a special significance for one Brisbane congregation – the Brisbane Oratory in Formation. Among the throng at the canonisation ceremony in Rome’s St Peter’s Square last Sunday was Brisbane Oratory’s Italian-speaking Fr Scot Armstrong.  He was selected to witness the event on behalf of his congregation, while others celebrated the ... Read More »

Top End Bishop says Indigenous are ‘the most traumatised people I’ve ever met’

Bishop Charles Gauci: “My experience tells me many of the Aboriginal people I’ve been meeting with are amongst the most traumatised people I’ve ever met, and maybe even on this planet.”

MALTESE-born Charles Gauci has spent much of his first year as Bishop of Darwin moving about Australia’s massive northern diocese that is two-and-a-half times the size of France. “I’m on a new adventure, walking alongside many people,” Bishop Gauci confides during an interview in his residence next door to Darwin’s St Mary’s Star of the Sea Cathedral. The late afternoon ... Read More »

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