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Australian ethicists concerned by euthanasia law, judgments

RECENTLY the Dutch Supreme Court ruled that doctors could carry out a euthanasia request even if their patient developed severe dementia and could no longer express an explicit wish to die. The ruling was sparked by the case of a 74-year-old woman who was euthanised in a nursing home in 2016 after developing advanced dementia. The woman had written a ... Read More »

Northern Territory churches open alongside pubs, bars and restaurants as Top End leads the way with no new cases

IN true Northern Territory spirit, churches are reopening today, alongside pubs, bars and restaurants, as the Top End becomes the first Australian jurisdiction to greatly relax COVID-19 restrictions. “Good news brothers and sisters, not only are the pubs opening from Friday the 15th, but the churches also,” Our Lady Help of Christians parish priest Fr Tom English, announced to his ... Read More »

It’s school gym, but not as we know it

THE chance to shout “Ahoy there”, climbing nets and steering the boat was a delight for youngsters at St John Vianney’s Primary School, Manly, returning to school to explore their new “nautical” playground after weeks of social isolation spent at home. “A prayer of blessing was offered, a ribbon was cut and ‘champagne’ (soda water) was broken on the boats ... Read More »

Small Blessings has community getting on board

TEN Goa billboards overlooking roads and pedestrian centres across Brisbane were sharing Small Blessings as part of Brisbane archdiocese’s campaign for hope in times of pandemic. The 10 sites ran from May 4 until today. One of the blessings displayed on the billboards came from Janice Everingham, a parishioner from The Gap, whose message was – “Health carers who help ... Read More »

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