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‘This is not human, this is not Christ’, Don Dale centre priest says

THE Catholic chaplain who ministers to youth inside Darwin’s notorious Don Dale detention centre, and even washed the boys’ feet, said he was “sick to the core” after watching graphic television images of abuse by guards. Fr Dan Benedetti has ministered at the Northern Territory detention centre since 2003, and knows the teenagers, including Dylan Voller, whose brutal treatment was documented on the ... Read More »

Church leaders call for cease on hate speech

Interfaith

CHURCH leaders working closely with Australia’s Muslim community have called for dialogue and dignity to counter a wave of anti-Islam media commentary. The commentary turned mainstream last week, when television personality Sonia Kruger called for an end to Muslim migration. She said she wanted to “feel safe”. On social media, her comments went viral. Senator-elect Pauline Hanson fuelled public debate ... Read More »

Pope Francis addresses annulment

Annulment

ANNULMENT. It is a profound, life-changing process for a Catholic to divorce and then remarry within the Church. And traditionally, Church teaching held that unless a divorced and remarried Catholic obtained an annulment, they were seen as committing adultery, and, among other things, could not receive some sacraments. Pope Francis has broken new ground on the thorny annulment issue, both ... Read More »

“Yes I Can” Brisbane born singer to front Paralympic Games

Tony Dee

AS the world settles in to the starting blocks for another Olympic season, a Brisbane-born singer is the face – and the voice – of the 2016 Paralympics. Born with spina bifida and confined to a wheelchair, Tony Dee, the stage name of Tony Doevendans, is still pinching himself after being scouted by a British production company to front a ... Read More »

Trailblazing surgery on unborn baby in Brisbane’s Mater Hospital

Mater Surgery

BRISBANE doctors have successfully performed an Australian-first spinal operation on a baby diagnosed with spina bifida while it was still in the womb. A team at the Mater Hospital carried out the operation on a 24-week-old in-utero baby on July 23. “The surgery went as well as we could have hoped and both mother and baby are doing well,” Mater ... Read More »

Young husband pleads for refuge for detained wife

IMMIGRATION Minister Peter Dutton has refused to step in and allow the release of young Iranian asylum seeker Mojgan Shamsalipoor who is in detention in Brisbane. The 22-year-old woman has been held in immigration facilities in Darwin and Brisbane the past two years and faces deportation, despite the impassioned pleas of her community support group and her 22-year-old husband Milad ... Read More »

Archbishop defends rights of unborn children

BRISBANE Archbishop Mark Coleridge has strongly defended the rights of the unborn child in a written submission to the inquiry into Queensland’s abortion law reform bill aimed at decriminalising abortion.  Archbishop Coleridge described the Church as both pro-woman and pro-life. “Each of us are here today because when we were infants in the womb people cared enough to protect our ... Read More »

“Church suffering” paved the way to faith for Monsignor Tomas Halik

CZECH Republic Catholic priest Monsignor Tomas Halik knows about the “Church suffering” first hand – it turned him into a courageous man of faith. Raised under eastern Europe’s repressive communism, Msgr Halik trained underground to become a priest, and his ordination had to be kept secret – even from his mother. “I realised … I had to be part of ... Read More »

Accurate data essential for psychological abortion assistance

Abortion effects

THERE are claims that a parliamentary inquiry into decriminalising abortion in Queensland is not being provided with accurate data to assist fair decision-making. At public briefing sessions on July 12 and 13, the inquiry heard from experts about the psychological impacts post abortion, if abortion is not available, and the extent of counselling and support services for women. State Member ... Read More »

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