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‘Bishop of the wheelchairs’ brings joy and hope to Cambodians

Bishop Enrique "Kike" Figaredo

JESUIT Father Enrique “Kike” Figaredo is known internationally as the bishop of the wheelchairs for his unique mission to Cambodia’s disabled, many of them maimed by landmines. Bishop Kike believes the sufferings of life are balanced out by love – a lesson learnt in a country where three decades of war has taken a severe toll. “Right after the war, ... Read More »

Dominican priest condemns separation of Tamil family after husband’s deportation

Fr Pancras Jordan

A BRISBANE Dominican priest has added his voice to calls for fair process for asylum seekers and their families, after a Tamil man was deported from Australia and then arrested in Sri Lanka. “This is calculated cruelty. It contravenes the basic right of the family,” Fr Pan Jordan, who works closely with Brisbane’s Tamil community, said. On July 13, the ... Read More »

Brisbane obstetrician and gynaecologist to lobby state politicians about dangers of decriminalising abortion in Queensland

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A LEADING Catholic surgeon has vowed to lobby state politicians, and enlist the support of doctors and nurses to highlight the dangers of decriminalising abortion in Queensland. “We’ve got 13 weeks to get our message across,” Dr McLindon, an obstetrician and gynaecologist at Brisbane’s Mater Hospital said. A Labor government bill to be tabled in parliament next month and expected ... Read More »

Artist who sculpted busts and statues of Tony Abbott, Victor Chang says John Paul II an inspiration

Linda Klarfeld

RENOWNED sculptor Linda Klarfeld sees plenty of potential creating artworks in her new home on the Gold Coast. “Queensland is the next frontier so, for me, that’s exciting,” Linda said as she prepared for a studio opening at Southport. Her works include both religious and secular themes, and her subjects are the rich, the famous, sporting icons and those closest ... Read More »

Medical couple studying in Australia returning home to run Iraq’s first and only Catholic hospital

Iraqi medical students with Archbishop Mark Coleridge

AN Iraqi medical couple studying in Australia are preparing to return to their war-torn homeland to operate a new and unique Church-run hospital. Dr Saveen Oghana and Ban Isaqi, a dentist, have spent the past year studying master’s degrees at ACU’s Brisbane campus – equipping them with health administration skills needed to run a new Catholic hospital in Erbil in ... Read More »

Archbishops to meet Prime Minister to solve ‘looming crisis’ of school funding model

Bishops to meet PM Turnbull

AUSTRALIA’S most senior Church figures hope a meeting with the Prime Minister can avoid a “looming crisis” for Catholic schools “with many schools facing the prospect of closure”. Education funding topped the agenda of a July 19 with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in Sydney, with Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge attending as president of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, accompanied by ... Read More »

Pro-life supporters to rally against Queensland Premier’s proposed abortion bill

Pro-life protest

FIERCE political debate is expected with Queensland laws to decriminalise abortion to be introduced into parliament next month. The proposal, similar to laws in Victoria, would allow women to abort a pregnancy up to 22 weeks. Permission for late-term abortions – up until birth – would need to be given by two doctors. “Safe access zones” of 150m would surround ... Read More »

Brisbane Catholics get chance to pitch in to Plenary Council dialogue

Plenary Council

PARISH communities across Brisbane archdiocese are being invited to hold listening and dialogue sessions as the first, preparation stage of the nationwide Plenary Council 2020 gets underway. Evangelisation Brisbane, on behalf of the archdiocese, has sent information brochures to parishes and communities explaining how the plenary process will work, and offering support to set up sessions. The brochure explains the ... Read More »

Australians want more theology courses

Sr Maeve Louise Heaney

GROWING demand for studying theology has prompted Australian Catholic University to set up a centre in Brisbane specialising in short courses and tailored professional learning. The new Xavier Centre for Theological Formation will launch on August 3, and will operate nationally. “Rather than thinking of theology as something that is just a degree that you do when you are training ... Read More »

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