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Azar’s battle to survive: ‘I know that if I am sent back to Afghanistan that it will be the end of my life’

Afghani refugee in Australia

This is the story of Azar, an Afghani refugee. This is not his real name – he could be deported if his identity is revealed.  AZAR knows that if he is sent home, it will mean certain death. He lives in a suburban house under community detention awaiting an interview by Immigration Department officials, which could determine whether he is allowed to ... 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 »

“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 »

Brisbane woman “pain-free” after 21 years of suffering

MARIE Kann was on painkillers for 21 years to quell a whiplash injury, but claims her time at a Charismatic conference two weeks ago has left her pain-free. Ms Kann, 71, suffered a whiplash injury in 1995 and had been taking daily medication to ease the pain. Six months ago the Brisbane Catholic from St Mary Magdalene Church, Bardon, also ... Read More »

Discerning, three ways: How Australians are responding to religious vocations

WHEN Hayden Kennedy turned 21, he dialled the number of a priest living in Sydney. Fr Bob Barber, provincial of the Marist Fathers’ Australian province, answered the call. Three years before his 21st birthday, Hayden had knocked on the door of the Marist Fathers with a feeling he couldn’t shake. He wanted to be a priest, and more specifically, a Marist ... Read More »

Cutting through the clutter: Making sense of hoarding

clutter or hoarding

IN Brisbane, 45,000 households are in a state of squalor – no better than pigsties – yet this is not because their occupants are lazy or slothful, rather they suffer from hoarding disorder. Hoarders collect and save so many possessions – often junk – which can be piled from floor to ceiling and can render entire rooms unusable.  In extreme ... Read More »

Glaswegian doctor behind bionic heart inspires Catholic professionals

Dr John Fraser

BRISBANE-based Professor John Fraser has published more than 200 academic papers and his medical research includes multi-million dollar projects including the development of a ground-breaking bionic heart. Some of his research ideas and collaborations across Asia and North America are pushing the boundaries of medical science with the promise of saving countless lives. His medical work has also taken him on many humanitarian ... Read More »

Springfield’s new church is “for everyone”

Hard Hats

ACROSS the shimmering, new suburban rooves of Springfield Lakes, a church on the hill is taking shape as beacon for a rapidly growing community.The concrete slab has been poured at the Our Lady of the Southern Cross, and work is progressing at a fast pace.Wearing a hard hat and hi-visibility vest, parish priest Fr Mauro Conte was brimming with enthusiasm ... Read More »

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