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Pastoral carers like prison and hospital chaplains relish Zoom sessions to keep ministry alive

PRISON chaplains and hospital pastoral carers are doing their best to keep their ministries alive despite being kept away from prisoners and patients because of COVID-19. Brisbane archdiocese’s Centacare Pastoral Ministries director Judy Norris said chaplains were unable to visit prisons and most of Centacare’s pastoral carers have had to withdraw from hospitals, leaving only a skeleton team allowed limited ... Read More »

Catholic school students ready for lessons at home during Term 2

QUEENSLAND’S Catholic school students will be learning at home for the first five weeks of Term 2, with schools only open for the children of essential workers. The measures are in line with arrangements announced by Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk to slow the spread of COVID-19. Queensland Catholic Education Commission executive director Dr Lee-Anne Perry said Catholic schools had spent many ... Read More »

Brisbane priest urges more help for West Papuans in exile following visit to PNG

A HIGH-level Australian Catholic delegation has met with former Manus Island asylum seekers and refugees now in Port Moresby, and heard shocking stories of their detention. “It was shameful to hear how our government has treated them on Manus Island and how some of them would feel safer in some totalitarian prison back home rather than what they had been ... Read More »

Brisbane Catholic lifesaving stalwart John McClelland honoured in Queen’s Birthday list

REGENTS Park parishioner and former lifesaver John McClelland was among several Catholics who were recognised in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours List. Mr McClelland joined fellow Catholics honoured including Chinese-Australian former ballet dancer Li Cunxin, former Australian rugby union captain Stephen Moore, education leader Dr Bill Sultmann and Fr Robert Sheridan, from New South Wales. Mr McClelland said he was ... Read More »

Queensland’s proposed abortion bill undermines the ‘foundation of all human rights’

breastfeeding

A QUEENSLAND parliamentary committee considering laws to legalise abortion has heard from a Brisbane archdiocesan spokesman that the value, equality and dignity of every human life was at stake. “To speak of a woman’s rights is very important, but what of the rights of unborn children?” Peter Pellicaan, private secretary to Archbishop Mark Coleridge, said in an opening address to ... Read More »

Eagleby facility Aishling puts a smile on Jono’s face

Aishling Centre

ROGER Taufel can sum up the experience of sending his son Jonathan to Centracare’s redeveloped Aishling facility in one, short sentence. “Jono comes home with a smile on his face,” Mr Taufel said. Opened last November and given an official opening this week, the Eagleby facility offers flexible short-stay accommodation and support services for children and young adults with disabilities. ... Read More »

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