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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 »

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 »

Humble, dedicated priest remembered at funeral Mass

BRISBANE priest Fr Pat Dowd, described as a “real friend” and a humble and dedicated parish priest who served across the Brisbane Archdiocese, was farewelled at a moving funeral Mass in St Stephen’s Cathedral today. Fr Vince Hobbs spoke of his longtime friend and year mate as “an authentic disciple of Jesus, a man of real faith, and hope and ... Read More »

Pope Francis updates Vatican criminal code aimed at rehabilitation and streamlining trials

POPE Francis has updated the Vatican’s legal code to grant reductions in sentences, changes to trials in absentia and streamlining the appeals process. The changes are outlined in Pope Francis’ motu proprio “Introducing modifications in the area of justice”, that was published yesterday. The changes come as Vatican officials have been under increased scrutiny over the way they handled finances ... Read More »

‘Be More’ – the theme for Project Compassion 2021

BRISBANE Archbishop Mark Coleridge has presided over the launch of Project Compassion 2021, explaining that “God wants to give all His children what they need for life”. Usually brimming to capacity with Catholic school students and teachers, this year’s Project Compassion Mass inside Brisbane’s St Stephen’s Cathedral was a scaled-down affair due to COVID-19 restrictions. Archbishop Coleridge told a small ... Read More »

Former Queensland musician-turned-monk to perform at lecture-recital in Brisbane

WHEN Benedictine Father Robert Nixon gave up his music career in 2013 to become a monk in Western Australia, he was resigned to the fact that he might never perform in public again. The Mt Isa-born pianist and former music teacher is a Benedictine priest in Australia’s only monastic town, New Norcia, Western Australia. Before entering New Norcia, Fr Nixon ... Read More »

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