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Tributes flow for Aboriginal elder and woman of service Aunty Joan Hendriks

RESPECTED Aboriginal elder and educator Aunty Joan Hendriks is being remembered for a deep commitment to her culture, promoting reconciliation, and as a guiding light in understanding Aboriginal Creation spirituality and Christian faith. The revered Ngugi woman, one of the three clan groups of the Quandamooka people of south-east Queensland’s Moreton Bay, died peacefully on Australia Day. “A heartfelt farewell ... Read More »

Coffee lounge sandwiches will no longer have Marj

MARJORIE Williams was eight years old and, for a bit of fun, was baking a cake for her teddy bear’s birthday in the electric oven her brother had got from his electrical job. It was baking better than the cake she had made for her dolly’s birthday, which had ended up as chook scrap when she threw it out the ... Read More »

New Catholic college in Cairns named after St John Henry Newman

THE new secondary college planned for the James Cook University campus at Smithfield, Cairns, has been named Newman Catholic College. Cairns Bishop James Foley announced the name following community consultation and recommendations from the Catholic Northern Beaches Parish, whose parishioners strongly endorsed the recognition of the recently canonised St John Henry Newman (pictured). “Having spent considerable time with the writings ... Read More »

Kym Keady passes on motherly wisdom to next generation of women in the Church

WHEN a beloved daughter marries there’s no doubt to be tears.  A month after Brisbane’s Kym Keady farwelled daughter Bethany into the joys of marriage on December 1, 2018, the Ignite Youth director put the tears into words.  She drew on the speech her and husband Patrick gave at the wedding to write an emotive letter first, coupling as an ... Read More »

National security laws threaten freedom of government whistleblowers and journalists

FREE speech in Australia is increasingly under threat with public-servant whistleblowers and journalists unfairly targeted by the government under the guise of national security, according to an annual report released by Human Rights Watch. Refugee rights, Indigenous rights and aged care are among other issues raising concerns in the 30th edition of The World Report, released on January 14. In ... Read More »

Roman holiday becomes a photographer’s dream

Brisbane Catholic Alan Edgecomb gives an impression of Rome’s superb Basilica di Santa Maria in words and photographs. FROM the moment one walks into the Basilica di Santa Maria in Trastevere, Italy, one is struck by the opulence and grandeur of this magnificent 12th century minor basilica on the right bank of the river Tiber. This was one of the ... Read More »

Law body wary about legislative moves against religious confession

Confession line

QUEENSLAND Law Society President Luke Murphy warned proposed legislation to scrap the seal of confession could pave the way for the removal of other confidential privileges like lawyer-client privilege. Mr Murphy, who wrote the Queensland Law Society submission to the State Parliament, outlined six flaws in removing the seal. “Removing the privilege associated with religious confession will set a dangerous ... Read More »

A Dorrington Christmas is about being one family

CHRISTMAS was about the coming of Christ and Dorrington parish proved it, inviting Catholic communities across Brisbane to join its One Family One Community Mass at St Michael’s War Memorial Church on December 22 last year. Parish priest Congregation of the Holy Spirit Father Tom Kessy, Fr John Huynh, and Scalabrinian Father Ignacio Gutierrez concelebrated the Mass, and were assisted ... Read More »

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