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Euthanasia cut from Queensland legislative agenda this term, palliative care must be focus

QUEENSLAND Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has wiped euthanasia from her government’s legislative agenda for this term  – announcing in parliament that a scheme to allow assisted dying for the terminally ill needs “further, careful consideration”. The Premier’s decision means voluntary assisted dying (VAD) legislation will not go before lawmakers before Queensland heads to the polls on October 31. Instead, Ms Palaszczuk ... Read More »

John McCarthy QC says Church leads the globe in eradicating slavery with Pope Francis at the helm

THE COVID-19 pandemic gives John McCarthy QC an added dimension to his anti-slavery work but he remains sharply focused on the bigger picture. The chair of Sydney archdiocese’s Anti-Slavery Taskforce and member of the Australian Catholic Anti-Slavery Network, like Pope Francis, wants to see the eradication of slavery globally. Mr McCarthy, Australian Ambassador to the Holy See from 2012 to ... Read More »

Vatican announces Special Laudato Si’ Anniversary Year and it starts this Sunday

THE Vatican has declared a “Special Laudato Si’ Anniversary Year” starting almost immediately, and a seven-year action plan emphasising “ecological conversion”, and safeguarding and care for the earth. “I’m delighted, and it brings great blessings as well,” Brisbane archdiocese’s Catholic Justice and Peace Commission executive officer Peter Arndt said, describing the measures as a visionary step. “It is a great ... Read More »

Volunteers connecting with ‘joy and love’ to those in lockdown

MESSAGES sent “with love” from Prep students at the local Catholic primary school put a smile on the face of several isolated Daisy Hill parishioners, and moved some of them to tears. “Their hearts were touched, as was mine – such a simple gesture bringing such joy and love,” Denise Love, of Brisbane southside’s St Edward the Confessor Parish, said. ... Read More »

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