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A sign of life and hope

The opening of the John Paul II Centre for Family and Life is the start of an exciting new era for Brisbane archdiocese. PAUL DOBBYN reports on the work of the centre and its aims.

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Surprises on abortion issue

Priest and academic Fr John Fleming has co-edited a new book that he hopes will shed new light on the abortion debate in Australia and lead to better resolutions between protagonists on both sides...

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Opening hearts to God

Brisbane grandmother Linda Norris recently returned from a life-changing experience among HIV/AIDS sufferers and orphans in South Africa. Reporter SELINA HARRIS talks to Linda about the trip.

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How can we all be Good Samaritans?

Former secretary general of Caritas Internationalis Duncan MacLaren was in Brisbane recently to deliver the Aquinas Lecture 2007 at Australian Catholic University. Reporter PAUL DOBBYN spoke with him about his experiences and about his topic "Being a good Samaritan in the age of terror".

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An inspiring journey

Deputy director of Brisbane archdiocese's Faith and Life Vicariate Michele Vuleta and Mike Humphrys, of the vicariate's Everyday Mission Team, visited the United States recently with their major focus on discovering new ways of helping our own parishes become "more mission focused" and "better resourced". Reporter SELINA HARRIS speaks to them about the visit.

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Tackling human rights on higher ground

A mother-and-daughter team from the Gold Coast have set themselves a once-in-a-lifetime challenge - to climb Mt Kilimanjaro in Africa - not just for the personal satisfaction but to raise much-needed funds for an organisation supporting homeless teenage girls in Tanzania. Reporter AMY SIMMONS tells their story.

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Struggle for Justice Continues

Aboriginal people continue to struggle for justice in Australia. A recent conference on the Sunshine Coast looked at this issue through Church experience. Reporter PAUL DOBBYN spoke to Brisbane archdiocese's Murri Ministry co-ordinator Ravina Waldren after the conference.

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Permanent Deacons: gifts of the Holy Spirit

Brisbane archdiocese's permanent diaconate continues to grow, with Deacon Russ Nelson, a father-of-four, being ordained to that ministry on July 21 at Kenmore. DEACON ANTHONY GOOLEY reflects on the permanent diaconate as a gift of the Holy Spirit.

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