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Bishop Barron said keep ‘eyes fixed on Jesus’ amid calamity in US politics

BY removing God from the public arena, Los Angeles Auxiliary Bishop Robert Barron said other fundamental rights and values had become endangered. When a society and legislation decided who lived and died, that land was morally and legally compromised, he said. In an interview with Zenit, the American prelate reflected on his prayer for his nation amid a pandemic and ... Read More »

Brisbane deacon to join largest Catholic apologetics conference this weekend

BRISBANE Deacon Peter Pellicaan was joining a line-up of speakers including Scott Hahn, Catholic Answers’ Trent Horn and Dr Peter Kreeft at the Virtual Catholic Apologetics Conference running from October 23-25. The conference was the brainchild of Australian podcaster Matt Fradd, who projected it to be the “largest apologetics conference ever”. Mr Fradd, who had previously worked in Brisbane as ... Read More »

Major proposal for new investment to create a purpose-built palliative care system in Queensland

DOCTORS, health professionals and carers have challenged Queensland’s political leaders to commit to a massive spending boost for palliative care. Ahead of the October 31 election, Palliative Care Queensland, the sector’s peak body, AMA Queensland and community groups from across the state have called for a more-than tripling of funding – from the current $110 million each year to $385 ... Read More »

Queensland’s first Creighton educator ready to teach aspiring practitioners the life-giving method

Cathryn Marshall fertility practitioner

FERTILITY specialist Cathryn Marshall is on a mission to rid the world of the agony of infertility and she’s looking for other women to join her. Since 2015, the Brisbane-based fertility practitioner and registered nurse has helped hundreds of women and couples fall pregnant using a natural, Church-approved method, the Creighton Method FertilityCare System. Now the mother-of-four has taken her ... Read More »

Catholic groups struggle to help refugees released into Brisbane community

CHURCH groups in Brisbane are scrambling to support more than 100 refugees and asylum seekers released into the community in recent weeks. The refugees and asylum seekers, including families with children, were released from community detention on bridging visas. Rebecca Lim, a Catholic refugee advocate, said these people had been living in community detention around Brisbane in houses leased by ... Read More »

Pope praying that more women be invited to Church leadership in October intentions

POPE Francis has declared October’s universal prayer intentions were that women be given greater leadership roles in the Church. In a video released at the start of the month, Pope Francis highlighted how women needed to be given greater roles “in areas of responsibility in the Church” because they “tend to be left aside”. It was not the first time ... Read More »

Almost a third of Australians experience food insecurity in 2020

AN annual Foodbank report reveals a surge in demand at food charities across Australia during the COVID-19 crisis, with young people hardest hit, while casual workers and international students are among the “newly food insecure”. The report released at the start of Poverty Week, shows 65 per cent of Australia’s food-insecure are 18 to 25-year-olds going without food at least ... Read More »

Australian consultant Jacqui Remond working on Vatican COVID-19 response team

JACQUI Remond is enjoying the challenge of her role in the Church’s mapping of a post-COVID world – including her late-night connections with Rome. Ms Remond, based in Sydney, is co-founder of the Global Catholic Climate Movement and a Laudato Si’ consultant, and the Rome discussions are part of her involvement with the Vatican COVID-19 Commission. Pope Francis established the ... Read More »

Mother of Qaeden Bayles tells disability royal commission of lasting impact of bullying

BRISBANE indigenous woman Yarraka Bayles, mother of a boy with dwarfism, has appeared before a disability royal commission offering impassioned witness about the impact of bullying in schools. “It chips, it festers, it boils up,” Ms Bayles told commissioners as she gave evidence in Brisbane. Her son, nine-year-old Quaden Bayles made global headlines in February when vision emerged of him ... Read More »

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