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When are we human beings?

Mother remembers her son

Marking the beginning of human life has become unnecessarily complex. But for women who have lost a child, whether early in a pregnancy or at the cusp of birth, the definition of when life begins is clear. BELINDA Goodwin held her ninth baby in her arms and wept. Ignatius Gregory Jordan Goodwin was tiny, just shy of 10 weeks gestation. He ... Read More »

A decade as an addict

Rory Norris

RORY Norris promised to stop using heroin when he turned 30.  He never asked to be an addict, but addiction has no social boundaries – a kid from a private school in Brisbane born to a devout Catholic mum could still get caught in a drug-abuse trap. “I started smoking marijuana at school, and then got into harder drugs,” he ... Read More »

How I survived a brain aneurysm on Valentine’s Day

Clare Burns

AS a teenager commencing Valentine’s Day with a rather unglamorous seizure I quickly realised the day is not always about roses and perfect hair styles and that Saint Valentine is the patron saint of epilepsy. On February 14 I was hoping to gain the attention of a sporty geek who had shown interest in me; instead, I found myself in hospital ... Read More »

How I’m trying to find peace with depression

DEPRESSION is like the weather; sometimes you wake up to a beautifully clear day with complete clarity, small clouds drift in and out of sight intermittently slight doubts that soon turn into a seemingly permanent blanket shrouding your thoughts. Finally they culminate in utterly frightful downpours, where all the wonder in the world turns to grey. Depression is far from ... Read More »

Brisbane groups offer Christmas support to marginalised

Homeless man sleeping

HELP is just a phone call away this Christmas with Brisbane archdiocesan groups, services and ministries working hard to ensure the marginalised, mentally ill or depressed are not forgotten. In a timely reminder, Youth Off The Streets founder Fr Chris Riley said Christmas was a lonely time of the year for some young people. “It can increase feelings of sadness ... Read More »

Prayer, thought and action are needed: Archbishop Coleridge

World prays for Paris

This is a statement by Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks in France I’VE just attended a meeting of Christian and Muslim leaders, one of a series of regular meetings to help find peaceful ways forward for the whole community. It was clear at the meeting that the recent events in Paris have made a ... Read More »

Bart Cummings ran the good race

Bart Cummings

IT’S a safe bet that Bart Cummings will be on many people’s minds in a special way today, Melbourne Cup day. This will be the first Cup since the death of the man known as the Cups King, on August 30 aged 87. Cummings trained more Cup winners than anyone else – 12. Because of his record, many punters stuck when ... Read More »

Vow of mercy

By Peter Bugden DIVORCED Brisbane Catholics seeking Church judgements on their marriages will soon have access to a process that reflects Pope Francis’ own personal intentions. The Pope announced reforms of the Church’s marriage annulment process on September 8, indicating he wanted the process to be quicker, cheaper and much more of a pastoral ministry. The changes are due to ... Read More »

Everything’s connected

By Peter Bugden POPE Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si’: On Care for Our Common Home is “the best thing since sliced bread”, says Brisbane theologian Fr John Chalmers who is spreading its message far and wide. Fr Chalmers, who is Centacare Brisbane’s mission and formation director, will give a three-part talk on the encyclical at Grovely parish in Brisbane on September ... Read More »

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