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Rosemary’s a hero who puts God first

THE moment Rosemary Kariuki set foot in Australia she gave thanks to God, and now Australia is giving thanks in return. Known affectionately as “Big Mama Rosemary” in Sydney’s western suburbs, she’s the NSW Local Hero in the 2021 Australian of the Year awards. Ms Kariuki, who migrated from Kenya in 1999, is being honoured for her outstanding work helping ... Read More »

Parishes given option to seat at full capacity for Christmas Masses

Person sits inside an empty church

QUEENSLAND parishes will have the option to extend seating to 100 per cent capacity for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Masses if allocated seating is ticketed and monitored by marshals. This option has been made available for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Masses, ac- cording to recent advice from Queensland Health to the Brisbane archdiocese. The 100 per cent capacity ... Read More »

Brisbane Courage director warns against conversion therapy bill

BRENDAN Scarce once offered 13 counselling sessions over five months to a man seeking reparative therapy because he felt anxious about being same-sex attracted. Mr Scarce told the man he didn’t do reparative therapy but, as a social worker and the long-time director of Courage, a ministry to Catholics with same-sex attraction, he could offer a listening ear. Since 1998 ... Read More »

Ethics of the investigation into prolific Brisbane sperm donor explained

A CATHOLIC priest who helped write the ethical guidelines on assisted reproductive technology said the actions of a sperm donor being investigated for fathering 23 children were illegal and unethical. Fr Kevin McGovern, who is based in Victoria, was a member of Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) Working Committee that wrote the national ethical guidelines on the use of assisted reproductive ... Read More »

Brisbane Archbishop backs call for urgent action on climate change

ARCHBISHOP Mark Coleridge has supported an open letter to Prime Minister Scott Morrison calling for urgent action on climate change. Archbishop Coleridge, who was among Pacific religious and political leaders who signed the letter, said “climate change in the Pacific is a matter of life and death”. “That’s why it’s important for Australians, including our political leaders, to hear the ... Read More »

Pope Francis proclaims ‘Year of St Joseph’ ahead of 150th anniversary of his universal patronage

POPE Francis has proclaimed 2021 will be the “Year of St Joseph”. The announcement came on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, which marked 150 years since Pope Pius IX declared St Joseph the patron of the universal Church. In an apostolic letter, “Patris Corde” (“With a father’s heart”), Pope Francis said Christians could discover in St Joseph, who often ... Read More »

Vinnies going all the way to the PM for more money on social housing

People with low income face stress in the private rental market

VINNIES’ national leader is seeking an urgent meeting with the Prime Minister to talk about housing as a separate call goes out for the Queensland Government to do more to avoid a “homelessness crisis”. The St Vincent de Paul Society’s national president Claire Victory was motivated to request a meeting with Prime Minister Scott Morrison after the release of the ... Read More »

Catholic doctor who has reversed onset of endometrial cancer welcomes new research

Dr Brendan Miller

A TOOWOOMBA obstetrician who has treated women for a condition that, if left untreated, could lead to endometrial cancer has welcomed new Queensland research that has found the preventative effects of pregnancies. Dr Brendan Miller is a Catholic doctor trained in NaPro Technology, a women’s health science that corrects abnormal reproductive and gynaecological disorders, including conditions that could lead to ... Read More »

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