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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 »

Wooloowin students knitting hope for refugees

Holy Cross, Wooloowin students yarnbombing

HOLY Cross School, Wooloowin, has joined the yarn-bombing phenomena in support of refugees and asylum seekers. A colourful yarn-bombing art piece was “installed” on a tall ghost gum tree on the school’s front lawn to the delight of students. Titled Safe Harbour, the piece depicts a tumultuous ocean with a lighthouse providing welcome and refuge for people displaced because of ... Read More »

Church agencies condemn pay cut for low-paid workers

CATHOLIC groups have labelled the Fair Work Commission decision to cut the pay of some of Australia’s lowest-paid workers through reductions in penalty rates as “deplorable” and a “sad day” for Australia. St Vincent de Paul Society national council chief executive officer Dr John Falzon (pictured) said the cuts on February 23 were an attack on people who already struggled ... Read More »

Ora’s heart goes out to refugees in war-torn country

BRISBANE teacher Ora Duffley is putting her faith in God as she prepares for a volunteer mission to help refugees in northern Iraq. “I have prayed about this a lot. It’s a bit of a scary thing to go but I really trust in God. Being a single woman, I’m able to do this and have really felt a calling ... Read More »

Jesuits to leave Brisbane’s Toowong parish

Fr Peter Quin

AFTER more than 100 years in the parish, the Jesuits will withdraw from St Ignatius, Toowong, at the end of this year. It’s a decision that has been greeted in the parish by shock, sadness, but also a sense of appreciation for the work of the Jesuits. The decision to leave was made by a Jesuit parishes task force set ... Read More »

Pyne bills withdrawn after LNP votes to block proposed abortion legislation

PRO-life campaigners are claiming victory after the scrapping of Queensland’s controversial abortion bills. Member for Cairns Rob Pyne withdrew his two private member’s bills, which aimed to legalise abortion, a day before the bills were due to be voted on in Parliament on March 1. “It was a victory for common sense,” Cherish Life Queensland president Julie Borger said. “These ... Read More »

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