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Townsville Bishop calls out Queensland premier’s ‘backflip’ on euthanasia legislation

TOWNSVILLE Bishop Tim Harris has added to the voice of Queensland Church leaders by criticising Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk for “playing with peoples’ emotions”, after she promised to rush through Voluntary Assisted Dying legislation if Labor wins the state election on October 31. Ms Palaszczuk used a campaign launch on October 18 to announce Labor would fast-track VAD legislation by introducing ... Read More »

Bishops write letter to Queenslanders stressing the sanctity of human life

SIX of Queensland’s Catholic bishops have written a pastoral letter warning of the consequences of legalising euthanasia. The letter, to all Catholic Queenslanders and the wider community, stresses the sanctity of life and recognising that all of creation is sacred. “Societies in which life is cheap suffer from many maladies and injustices,” the bishops said.  With Queensland gearing up for ... Read More »

Townsville Catholic Education signs up for Tesla battery storage project

TOWNSVILLE Catholic Education has signed up for a Tesla battery storage project on the way to having its schools powered 100 per cent from renewable sources. The agency recently accepted a tender from Queensland-based commercial solar business GEM Energy to deliver the project over the next 10 years. TCE executive director Jacqui Francis said this was a third stage of ... Read More »

Cairns Catholic school goes to university with funding boost

PLANS are moving ahead in Cairns for the first Catholic school to be built within an Australian university precinct. The Queensland Government has pledged $15 million for the construction of Newman Catholic College within James Cook University’s Smithfield campus, with the new high school due to open in 2022 for Year 7. Stage one of Newman Catholic College will soon ... Read More »

Migrant workers caught up in Bundaberg fire vulnerable to human trafficking

A FIRE that destroyed a Bundaberg pub and backpacker hostel recently sparked Catholics against human trafficking into action. When news of the fire broke, a member of Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans (ACRATH) was quick to respond by visiting the Queensland regional town and offering support. No lives were lost but many of those who survived the fire ... Read More »

How Catholics across the nation are dealing with rising infection rates

MELBOURNE Archbishop Peter Comensoli lowered his surgical mask to kiss the altar at St Patrick’s Cathedral and fastened it again to incense the sanctuary at last Sunday’s Mass. Masking and unmasking was becoming a familiar sight for the five thousand Catholics who tuned in to the livestream as Melbourne archdiocese introduced new rules for liturgical celebrations on July 22. Those ... Read More »

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