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Domestic violence knows no boundaries

Domestic violence

THE books were kept in the linen cupboard. A collection of novels grouped together near the towels and bedsheets. It seemed an unusual place for this bunch of treasured books, most in excellent condition. The woman with the books in the linen cupboard lived alone. But she couldn’t bring herself to place her books in the open. For years, she ... Read More »

Q&A with Eric Abetz

Senator Eric Abetz is an Australian politician and a member of the Australian Senate since February 1994, representing the state of Tasmania. Mr Abetz is a Christian and throughout his political career he has been associated with Focus on the Family, Lyons Forum, Endeavour Forum, Family Council of Victoria, Fatherhood Foundation, Australian Christian Lobby, Australian Family Association and Right to ... Read More »

A dentist’s insight into domestic violence

Dentist Andrew Teakle

BRISBANE dentist Andrew Teakle stands on the frontline of the domestic violence battle. He has witnessed dozens of cases of broken teeth, broken bones, and bruised and swollen lips and faces – testament to the force and ferocity of a family bashing. Women with facial injuries and broken teeth are often more likely to seek dental treatment than see a doctor, ... 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 »

Q&A with Cardinal Christoph Schönborn

Cardinal Schonborn

Cardinal Christoph Schönborn says Pope Francis’ Amoris Laetitia is a great catechesis on marital and familial love. In an interview following the widely-anticipated document’s presentation in the Vatican, the Archbishop of Vienna spoke on the Pope’s apostolic exhortation on the joy of love in the family and his conviction that pastors can use this document to help families. The Austrian ... 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 »

Gemma Sisia: “I wanted to build a free private school in Africa”

Gemma Sisia and Dorice Livingston

TANZANIAN children line up in the thousands for a rigorous test to get them inside the School of St Jude. The school’s founder, Armidale-born Gemma Sisia, rounds up the number of children who took the test last year to 7000. Last November, shortly after Gemma turned 44, the School of St Jude said goodbye to their first graduating Year 12 ... Read More »

Q&A with Anne-Marie Westby

Anne-Marie Westby classroom

Anne-Marie Westby is a Year 2 teacher at St Ita’s Primary School, Dutton Park, and since September she has taken on the responsibility as the Summer Surf Girl representative at Point Lookout Surf Life Saving Club, North Stradbroke Island, raising vital funds.  Q. Did you always want to go into teaching?  A: No, I think originally I wanted to be ... Read More »

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