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Brisbane father-of-three Marcus Riley is at the UN as an advocate for the ageing

Marcus Riley

BRISBANE’S Marcus Riley is the new, youthful champion for the ageing. The 40-year-old Catholic father-of-three has headed to United Nations headquarters in New York to advocate for a UN Convention of the Rights of Older Persons. “At the moment there is a silence about older people across international laws,” said Mr Riley, who this year became chairman of the Global ... Read More »

Caring for Earth is everyone’s business, eco-theologian says

Ecology

EVERYONE has a role to play in answering Pope Francis’ call to care for the Earth, says eco-theologian Fr Sean McDonagh. That was one of the messages he had for audiences during his recent speaking tour of Australia promoting action on the Pope’s encyclical Laudato Si’ – On Care for Our Common Home. “This (Laudato Si’) is not for elites, ... Read More »

The Sydney initiative that is changing the hook-up culture at Schoolies

DO teenagers at Schoolies know what love means? Eight young Australians associated with Sydney-based ministry, The Culture Project, are about the find out when they join the mass crowds at Surfers Paradise this week. Headed by former Gold Coast man Christopher Da Silva, The Culture Project team will be asking teens questions about love, sex and relationships while Schoolies party ... Read More »

Fr Sean McDonagh, a missionary for creation

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“ARE you not worried if there’s going to be any flowers left here?” It’s a question Fr Sean McDonagh asks people, young and old, when he takes them down to The Burren, in County Clare, Ireland, to wonder at the beauty of nature in his homeland. It’s also a question he’d love everyone to be asking themselves. Fr McDonagh, a ... Read More »

The Pope’s message of mercy is eluding our leaders

IN Italy, about 5700 people were pulled to safety last weekend as they attempted the perilous journey across the Mediterranean Sea.  On the same weekend, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced proposed tough legislation banning any person arriving in Australia by boat from mid-July 2013, from ever entering the country. From one side of the world to the other, the ... Read More »

Are you an ethical shopper? Here’s a Melbourne Catholic business that sells only Fair Trade, organic cotton t-shirts

POPE Francis inspired a business model that’s helping save the environment, support fairer workplaces and promote faith-filled messages.  Servi Store co-founder Ajesh Abraham read the Pope’s encyclical Laudato Si’ (“Praise be to you”) and took seriously the call to greater care of the environment and its people. “As we were reaching the final stages of the creation of Servi Store ... Read More »

Meet Australia’s dinosaur hunter, Doug Miller

DOUG Miller was bitten by the dinosaur bug 12 years ago. Now the parishioner from St Anthony’s and St Luke’s, Alexandra Hills-Capalaba, spends more and more time digging, sifting and preparing fossils for all of us to enjoy. His travels take him to the heart of dinosaur country in Winton, western Queensland, and he has just returned from a second ... Read More »

The worldwide outreach helping same-sex attracted people find the Courage to be chaste

Fr Phillip Bochanski

SAME-sex attracted Americans rejoiced the day the United States Supreme Court legalised gay marriage. Well, not all of them. Some, according to Fr Phillip Bochanski, the executive director of an international Catholic ministry for same-sex attracted people, were, and are, looking for chastity. As a chaplain for Courage, Fr Bochanski has journeyed with same-sex attracted men and women for seven ... Read More »

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