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Francis’ trip to Iraq aims to build peace and unity

DESPITE the COVID-19 pandemic and ongoing security concerns, Pope Francis is determined to visit Iraq to pay homage to Christian and other minorities persecuted for their faith and to strengthen the commitment of the overwhelming majority of Iraqi Muslims to creating a future of peace and harmony. During his visit from March 5-8, Francis will visit churches that were destroyed ... Read More »

Young actress helps children imitate the saints in new TV series

CAITLIN Swan has never met her great-great-great aunt, but the story of how she saved a young girl who had fallen down a well with only a pair of Rosary beads is a popular favourite in the young woman’s home. Miss Swan, from Brisbane, is the great-great-great niece of St Marie-Alphonsine Danil Ghattas, a Palestinian nun and founder of the ... Read More »

Mum and daughter who endured drastic pain as adults on road to becoming fertility practitioners

KENDAL Fraser and her mum Rene Thompson know they share common DNA, but they never thought they’d share a job title helping women with debilitating health issues. The mother and daughter duo from Emerald in central Queensland are studying to become practitioners of the Creighton Method FertilityCare System. As practitioners, the pair will be able to teach women how to ... Read More »

El Salavador’s President Bukele set to increase power after election win

El Salvador’s President Nayib Bukele has emerged as the big winner in his country’s elections held last Sunday. While vote counting continues, President Bukele’s party and its allies look set to take control of the national legislature at a moment when critics fear the country is sliding toward authoritarian rule. About 40,000 police, soldiers and international observers were deployed to ... Read More »

Bridging visas for refugees released from Brisbane detention

DOZENS of refugees held in a Kangaroo Point hotel for up to two years have been granted bridging visas and are being released to live in the community. Twenty three Medevac refugees were released yesterday as well as another two refugees held at the Brisbane Immigration Transit Accommodation (BITA) detention centre. From Kangaroo Point the refugees were taken by bus ... Read More »

Royal Commission recommends “generational” overhaul of Australia’s aged care

MORE than $450m will be invested in Australia’s aged care system to fix the unacceptable “neglect” laid bare in the aged care royal commission. A scathing final report from royal commissioners Tony Pagone and Lynelle Briggs released today found one in three people in aged care receive sub-standard care, and has resulted in 148 recommendations, including the scrapping of the ... Read More »

Amidst escalating violence, a solitary nun stands her ground.

A solitary, distressed nun stands her ground begging Myanmar police not to shoot at protesting civilians – one of the latest, confronting images shared on social media by the country’s leading Catholic figure, as street clashes claim a rising toll of deaths and injuries. Sister of Francis Xavier, Nu Thawng, appears alone in front of heavily-armoured riot police, in several ... Read More »

Amidst ongoing attacks, Francis prepares for Iraq visit

AN Iraqi priest says Pope Francis’ visit to Iraq next week is an act of bravery and also madness. “The country is burning, but he is still going,” Fr Naim Shoshandy told the respected Catholic newspaper CRUX. “It’s an act of bravery, for him to go to Iraq, the land of Abraham, as an apostle.” An act of bravery, Fr ... Read More »

Uncertainty over coming elections in El Salvador

ASK in El Salvador about elections across the nation this coming Sunday (February 28) and you’ll get two different answers of what the results could bring: a move toward a dictatorship or a chance to move the country forward. Polls show Nuevas Ideas (New Ideas), the party of Salvadoran President Nayib Bukele, pulling ahead of the country’s two main political ... Read More »

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