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North Queensland bishops say legalised euthanasia without improving palliative care is simply immoral

TOWNSVILLE Bishop Tim Harris and Anglican North Queensland Bishop Keith Joseph have issued a joint statement criticising the latest push towards euthanasia by the Queensland Parliament. “As a society we rightly detest murder and suicide: for we rightly hold that human life is precious and should be protected,” the bishops said.  “Euthanasia is carried out either by helping someone end ... Read More »

Staying or going, a Tamil family becomes the face of Australia’s border policies in deportation dispute

THE plight of boat people being allowed to stay in Australia is being tested after a Tamil family from Biloela was granted a mid-air temporary reprieve from deportation. Mother Priya and her husband Nadesalingam and their two Australian-born children were removed from a plane taking them from Melbourne to Sri Lanka on August 30. A last-minute court injunction forced their flight to ... Read More »

Legion of Mary active for 80 years in Queensland, saluting decades of service and a heart of prayer

THE Legion of Mary Queensland celebrated its 80th anniversary and its role in “strengthening belief and reconfirming the faith” with a Mass at St Stephen’s Cathedral, Brisbane. “Today we salute your members past and present for your commitment to the faith and its lived expression in the service you have offered the Church over these years,” Brisbane auxiliary Bishop Ken ... Read More »

Confraternity heavyweights strike crucial win over defending champions on first day of competition

POWERHOUSE St Brendan’s College, Yeppoon stormed through the first day of the Confraternity Carnival with a win over defending champions St Mary’s College, Toowoomba in a stirring first day of schoolboy rugby league in Bundaberg. On the same day that old boys Cameron Munster, Corey Oates and Ben Hunt were named in Queensland’s State of Origin squad, St Brendan’s held ... Read More »

St Mary’s gets ready to defend its shield title heading into Confraternity Carnival in Bundaberg

ALMOST a thousand Catholic school students from across Queensland will head for Bundaberg this weekend as rugby league’s famous Confraternity Carnival returns home for its 40th staging. “Confro”, as it has become known since its first staging in Bundaberg in 1980, has become a rugby league nursery, with half of this year’s Queensland State of Origin squad graduating from the ... Read More »

Church rolls on with its safety plans aimed at tightening protection and governance

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THE Church is pushing ahead with historic safeguarding measures aimed at tightening protection and governance – in line with recommendations of Australia’s Royal Commission into child sexual abuse. The National Catholic Safeguarding Standards – containing 10 criteria – is the latest tool to be adopted and, according to the presidents of Catholic Religious Australia and the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, ... Read More »

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