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Young husband pleads for refuge for detained wife

IMMIGRATION Minister Peter Dutton has refused to step in and allow the release of young Iranian asylum seeker Mojgan Shamsalipoor who is in detention in Brisbane. The 22-year-old woman has been held in immigration facilities in Darwin and Brisbane the past two years and faces deportation, despite the impassioned pleas of her community support group and her 22-year-old husband Milad ... Read More »

Archbishop defends rights of unborn children

BRISBANE Archbishop Mark Coleridge has strongly defended the rights of the unborn child in a written submission to the inquiry into Queensland’s abortion law reform bill aimed at decriminalising abortion.  Archbishop Coleridge described the Church as both pro-woman and pro-life. “Each of us are here today because when we were infants in the womb people cared enough to protect our ... 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 »

Young Catholics party in the name of Jesus

Rave Party

FORGET the drugs and alcohol – there’s a rave party culture that’s opting for good, clean fun without the regrets. A former lay missionary from the Philippines Fredney Gales is helping to foster a culture of young people who can confidently reject the allure of a drug-imbued night out. After working as a lay missionary for seven years, Mr Gales ... Read More »

Accurate data essential for psychological abortion assistance

Abortion effects

THERE are claims that a parliamentary inquiry into decriminalising abortion in Queensland is not being provided with accurate data to assist fair decision-making. At public briefing sessions on July 12 and 13, the inquiry heard from experts about the psychological impacts post abortion, if abortion is not available, and the extent of counselling and support services for women. State Member ... 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 »

Security paramount for WYD pilgrims say Church leaders

WYP Pilgrims

CHURCH leaders are praying for peace as millions of pilgrims make their way to World Youth Day in Poland, while security experts are examining ways to allay heightened security fears surrounding the global event. “At this time of instability in Europe, we pray for those who have been affected by the recent events and in the words of Pope Francis, ... 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 »

East Timor-Australia maritime border major issue for several Brisbane parishes

maritime

BRISBANE parishes are using the election campaign to press Federal politicians on one of the most divisive international issues on Australia’s doorstep – drawing a fair maritime boundary between Timor-Leste and Australia. The seabed boundary between the two neighbours represents only 1.8 per cent of Australia’s entire seabed border, but takes in the Greater Sunrise gas field worth an estimated ... Read More »

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