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God’s biker: Polish Catholic priest just wants to read Scripture with outlaw bikies

BRISBANE Catholic priest Fr Andrzej Kolaczkowski likes nothing more than spending time in fellowship with outlaw bikie club members, sharing the Gospel. “There’s something really refreshing when you sit down and do Bible study …  with a bunch of hairy bikers full of tattoos. There’s nothing more refreshing to the faith,” he said. “It is about being a shepherd, it ... Read More »

Expert helps Catholic educators keep children safe online

cyberbullying expert

CYBER bullying, sexting and the sharing of personal information are issues of significant concern for Queensland schools, families and communities. However, blaming technology and restricting young people’s use of the Internet, iPads or mobile phones is not the answer, according to a cyber-bullying expert, Professor Donna Cross. Speaking at a Queensland Catholic educators forum on cyberspace and student wellbeing, Prof ... Read More »

Catholic chaplain questions effectiveness of government program aimed at giving military veterans jobs

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THE effectiveness of a new government program pitched at encouraging businesses to employ former defence force personnel has been questioned by a Catholic chaplain. Last month, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull launched the Veterans’ Employment Initiative, which would automatically give military veterans a job interview, if they have the right skills, training and experience. However, Catholic chaplain to the ex-services community ... Read More »

Archbishop Coleridge elected as chair for historic plenary council planning the future of the Church in Australia

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BRISBANE Archbishop Mark Coleridge has been elected to chair a special bishops’ commission to plan and run an historic plenary council of the entire Church in Australia. It is to be held in 2020, only the fifth time in Australia’s history, and 79 years after the previous plenary council meeting. Archbishop Coleridge was elected during the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference meeting ... Read More »

States weigh up cash compensation for victims of child sexual abuse

francis sullivan

AUSTRALIAN state governments are under pressure to support a new national scheme to compensate victims of child sexual abuse with payments of up to $150,000. The scheme, announced by the Federal Government on November 4, has the potential to benefit tens of thousands of people who have suffered institutional child sexual abuse. However the Federal Government can’t legally compel the ... Read More »

Brisbane’s newest churches are ready to open by Christmas and Easter

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WORK on a new, redeveloped Stella Maris Church at Maroochydore is due to be completed ahead of schedule this week, with a first Mass to be held before Christmas. It is one of four multi-million-dollar church building projects across the Archdiocese of Brisbane. Standing atop Marymount in the Gold Coast parish of Burleigh Heads the new Mary, Mother of Mercy ... Read More »

Hero taxi driver put holiday reward from Queensland taxi peak body on hold for the baptism of his two children

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BRISBANE taxi driver Aguek Nyok is uncomfortable with being publicly feted as a “hero”, and prefers his family and church side of life – like witnessing his children being baptised. The Catholic father-of-four who rescued passengers during a fatal attack on a bus driver in October has been handed an award for his bravery. The cabbie kicked in the rear ... Read More »

Queensland Abortion Bills primed for debate before Christmas

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QUEENSLAND’S politicians could debate the so-called Pyne Abortion Bills within days following a surprise parliamentary move. In a late morning manoeuvre, Member for Cairns Rob Pyne put forward a procedural motion to have his two Abortion Bills debated together, rather than separately. Labor Government members voted in support, opposition LNP members voted against, and with minor party and independent votes ... Read More »

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