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Coronavirus vaccines are rolling out across the UK

A VACCINE said to be 95 per cent effective against COVID-19 was given emergency authorisation to be administered across the United Kingdom from last Tuesday, becoming the first mass-vaccination program in the world. UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock reportedly dubbed it “V-Day”, a reference to victory in the Second World War, as the vaccine became the first returned fire at ... Read More »

South Sudanese priest living in Brisbane praying for flood victims

SOUTH Sudanese priest serving in Brisbane Fr Stephen Kumyangi is deeply saddened at the desperate plight of millions of people in his homeland. The worst floods in more than 60 years have swept across South Sudan this year, submerging entire villages and separating larger cities into islands. For months entire populations have been left vulnerable – another cruel blow in ... Read More »

Tamil family who settled in Biloela have spent 1000 days in immigration detention

THE smiles and easy disposition of Nades, Priya, Kopika and Tharnicaa belie their broken-hearted predicament. The asylum-seeking Tamil family that settled in Biloela has now spent more than 1000 days in immigration detention, and face spending their third Christmas away from their adopted home in outback Queensland. “Where is our compassion, where Jesus is asking us to love our neighbours,” ... Read More »

Respected pathologist Dr Thomas Lynch remembered as uncompromising Catholic

RESPECTED Rockhampton pathologist , Dr Thomas Brendan Lynch, who helped cure amoebic meningitis, is being remembered as a deeply Catholic man who fought for life from conception to natural death. Dr Lynch was a scientist and pro-life Catholic doctor who spent most of his professional life in central Queensland. He died on November 28, 2020, aged 83, of pneumonia at ... 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 »

State’s largest pro-life group reflects on 50 years of service

AUSTRALIA’S first pro-life group to advocate for the rights of people in all stages of life, including the unborn, has turned 50. In 1970 Right to Life Queensland was established, and quickly became a national entity of pro-life activism in states and territories across Australia. Winifred Egan was one of the first women to join the ranks of active members ... Read More »

Nundah Vinnies has served those in need for 100 years

VINCENTIANS from the Real Presence Nundah conference celebrated 100 years ministering to the poor, and their local pastor says they have always lived up to their conference name. Banyo-Nundah parish priest Fr Bernie Gallagher likened the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist to a “real presence of Christ in the poor” and praised the local Vincentians who ministered to ... Read More »

Peak body for Catholic health lodges submission opposing voluntary assisted dying

THE Queensland Government’s controversial election promise to fast-track euthanasia legislation early next year is coming under increasing pressure. Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk shocked Church leaders and other opponents of voluntary assisted dying (VAD) by announcing at Labor’s campaign launch on October 18 that legislation would be introduced next February if the Government was returned. By advancing the timeframe, the Premier has ... Read More »

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