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Why I gave up Facebook for Lent

Starry Night Wallpaper

HOW often do we encounter things that deeply move us? It seems like those moments only come once in a while. And for the rest of the time we just sit around idly, fidgeting while we wait for the next big thing to come around and take a hold of us. I find that, while waiting, I get lost too ... Read More »

Q&A with Fr Fadi Salame

Father Fadi Salame

In the Catholic Church, April is traditionally dedicated to a particular focus on the Blessed Sacrament. Brisbane’s Maronite Catholic parish, St Maroun’s in Greenslopes, is especially dedicated to that devotion this month and has been for the past six months. The parish is one of only two known Maronite churches around the world offering perpetual adoration for 24 hours, seven ... Read More »

What is the world coming to?

US Election

WITH Donald Trump, a four-time bankrupt reality TV star, possibly poised to lead the civilised world, we need to start considering what this may mean for Australia.   Indeed it bears analysis why such a previously unthinkable situation might occur.   Worse still, the only alternative may be Hilary Clinton. The consequences of a mainstream media chasing 24/7 entertainment ratings ... Read More »

Humans vs Robots: the artificial intelligence debate grows

Artificial intelligence

THE World Science Festival held in Brisbane in early March confirmed that robots, artificial intelligence and machine learning were now part of our lives. Thousands attending the festival came to watch, touch and play with cute, shiny robots capable of dodging objects, following commands and engaging in smart banter. However, if the future has arrived, now we have to deal ... Read More »

Indigenous Australians say Closing the Gap “doomed to fail”

Sam Watson

BRISBANE indigenous community elder Sam Watson has lamented the number of Aboriginal children being taken from their families and locked up. “In 2016 it is the next generation of the stolen generation,” he said, while attending a park event in West End marking 10 years since Closing the Gap was launched to address indigenous disadvantage. “Some areas of disadvantage are ... Read More »

What it’s like to be an adoptive parent

Adoptive parents

WHEN we first moved into our local suburb, the sight of my wife and children walking down the main street would cause quite a few heads to turn. It is not every day that you see a redhead walking hand-in-hand with two Korean children. In this country, at least, adoption remains very rare although the comments are always positive and ... Read More »

Sisters are simply living the Josephite life

Josephite Sisters

A SEARCH of Mary MacKillop on the Internet today highlights just how far the saint’s influence has spread. Dioceses have her as their patron, schools and child care centres and ministries carry her name, and the work of the sisters extends across the globe. And yet, with an average age of 78 many Catholics may question “What is the future ... Read More »

Confession on womanhood

Women

IT’S been a while since I have availed myself of the Sacrament of Confession. Perhaps that in itself is not something I should confess, considering I work for an agency that is charged with supporting mission around the world, and across Australia. I share it though because, if I was to walk through the door of a confessional booth, I ... Read More »

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