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Too many teenagers: Ignite Conference might outgrow venue as numbers continue to swell

Ignite Conference

TEENAGERS are posing a wonderful problem for organisers of an annual youth conference in Brisbane who have watched numbers “bust from the seams”.  Ignite Conference organisers Luke Plant and Kym Keady, both members of the Emmanuel Community in Brisbane, said the four-day event might “soon outgrow” its venue at Mueller College, Rothwell. “If that happens we’re going to say, ‘Thank ... Read More »

Author who claims discrimination by printer refusing to print book accepts decision, says he won’t take action

Dr David van Gend

AUSTRALIANS’ right to freedom of speech is on the line, according to Queensland doctor David van Gend, after a commercial printer refused to print his new book on the same-sex marriage debate. In Stealing From A Child – the injustice of ‘marriage equality’, the Toowoomba-based president of the Australian Marriage Forum, Dr van Gend claims “to lay bare the subversive ... Read More »

How do we bring people back to the Church? Focus on teenagers

Steve Allgeyer

YOUTH minister Steve Allgeyer is convinced the Catholic Church will “come alive” if parishes put more energy into reaching teenagers. Mr Allgeyer is the vice-president of ministry advancement at Life Teen, a United States-based youth movement that visited Brisbane last year. With more than 25 years’ experience in youth ministry, he has seen the power of building the Church from ... Read More »

Catholic pensioner struggles to make ends meet

Pensioner Mick Sullivan

MICK Sullivan is 77 and has lived an active life.  The Dutton Park pensioner, lives a simple, frugal life, but he does miss a few of the pleasures that he once took for granted. “I love a leg of lamb but I haven’t been able to afford one since I’ve been on the pension,” he said. Mr Sullivan also waits ... Read More »

Catholic mother fined after protesting against coal mining

Coal mining protest

SYDNEY Catholic Maryanne Hemsley said her arrest and conviction for standing up against using coal and other fossil fuels was “a matter of faith”. “It isn’t only up to young people to demand a better response to climate change, it is up to all of us,” Mrs Hemsley, parish secretary of St Joseph’s Church, Enfield, said. Mrs Hemsley was one ... Read More »

Asylum seeker Mojgan released from detention and reunited with husband

Mojgan is free

THE Brisbane family of 22-year-old Iranian asylum seeker Mojgan Shamsalipoor, is today coming to grips with her release from detention. She was awarded a bridging visa and released into the arms of her Australian resident husband, Milad Jafari yesterday after two years in detention centres in Brisbane and Darwin. The young couple immediately visited Milad’s family, and then went for ... Read More »

Rob Pyne fails to impress parliamentary committee examining his second attempt to legalise abortion

Cairns MP Rob Pyne

IT was less than a stellar performance. Abortion advocate State Member for Cairns Rob Pyne failed to answer questions and skirted others on September 14 as he appeared before a parliamentary committee examining his second abortion bill – the Health (Abortion Law Reform) Amendment Bill 2016. Questioned during a 45-minute briefing session in front of the parliamentary health committee on ... Read More »

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