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If you live in Queensland and consider yourself pro-life, you need to do this

pro-life

PRO-life group Cherish Life has called on Queenslanders to rally, write letters and sign petitions opposing proposed abortion bills due to be debated in Parliament. “It is crucial now more than ever that Queenslanders take action to defend women and children from this tyranny,” Cherish Life Queensland president Julie Borger said. In the final sitting week of last year the ... Read More »

The Catholic Leader Internship Programs

If you are a university student wanting to make your mark in the media industry, why not join Australia’s leading Catholic news team. All our internships are designed to offer students invaluable experience across all sections of the newsroom, from the reporter’s chair, to the marketing whiteboard, and even thumbing through our social media. As a newspaper with a legacy ... Read More »

Townsville diocese prays for PNG’s first cardinal at welcome Mass

PNG Cardinal

DURING the welcome Mass for Cardinal John Ribat late last year, many people spoke kindly of the shepherd who was now the first cardinal to be appointed from Papua New Guinea. Apostolic nuncio for Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands Archbishop Kurian Mathew Vayalunkal said: “We are here to share our joy and express our gratitude to God for ... Read More »

Stanthorpe man who turned 100 last year immortalised in larger-than-life mural

Angelo Vialente

FOR a larger-than-life mural to be created in the main street of a resident’s hometown is a rarity and privilege. When Angelo Valiante first viewed his esteemed depiction, just a stone’s throw from Stanthorpe’s main street, the centenarian revealed the humour for which he’s well known. “Now they’ll paint the queen next to me,” his daughters Lina Scalora and Nina ... Read More »

Faith more important than makeup to these Catholic girls

Girl talk

IT’S not all about make-up and trendy clothes. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. Young ladies in St Joseph’s Parish, Stanthorpe, in Toowoomba diocese, have collaborated to form a Catholic girls’ club for 10 to 17-year-olds. A group of girls began meeting in September as participants in the Girl Talk program, written by Brisbane Catholics Kym Keady and Chantale Wilson, ... Read More »

Social justice group honours local singer for his community efforts

Josh Arnold

TOOWOOMBA singer-songwriter Josh Arnold has won the diocese’s 2016 Social Justice Award. At the recent award presentation, the diocese’s Social Justice Commission executive officer Dr Mark Copland paid tribute to Mr Arnold for his work with the Walk Together Project. “The Walk Together Toowoomba Project, which was the brainchild of musician and community builder Josh Arnold, is something the whole ... Read More »

New education executive in Cairns helped establish education initiative on Nauru

Ian Davis

CAIRNS diocese’s Catholic Education Services new deputy executive director was involved in helping Australian Border Force with education needs on Nauru. CES has appointed Ian Davis deputy executive director to succeed Diarmuid O’Riordan, who resigned to become principal of St Edmund’s College, Ipswich. Mr Davis takes up his new role from January 16. In announcing Mr Davis’ appointment, CES executive ... Read More »

Christmas is united with our own redemption

traditional nativity

“Since ancient times, Christians have called the period since the birth of Our Lord by a beautiful name: anni salutis reparatae ñ the years of restored salvation.” AS we once again gather alongside the Magi to adore the Christ-child, to hear the message of the angel with the shepherds in the field and to praise God in song together with ... Read More »

State’s chief scientist Dr Geoff Garrett impressed with Algester Catholic school’s environmental learning centre

impressed-scientist

QUEENSLAND’S chief scientist had nothing but praise for the learning taking place at an environmental learning centre – Sheep Station Gully – at St Stephen’s School, Algester. Dr Geoff Garrett joined Queensland Science Minister Leeanne Enoch for a tour of the award-winning, state-of-the-art facility, which was designed to enhance practical learning opportunities in the field of science. Conceived under the ... Read More »

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