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The Cathedral Coffee Lounge turns off the coffee machine for the final time

THE Cathedral Coffee Lounge had temporarily shut its doors in March because of COVID-19, but last Thursday, “with a sad heart”, it was decided that the doors would stay shut for good. It had battled a slowdown in foot traffic for years but, like many local joints, it was no match for lockdowns and quarantines. Catholic Women’s League Brisbane archdiocese ... Read More »

Vinnies calls for release of refugees from Brisbane detention centre

Peter Arndt at refugee vigil

THE St Vincent de Paul Society has called for the release of refugees detained in hotels in Brisbane and Melbourne. The society’s national president Claire Victory, in a statement coinciding with the seventh anniversary of the start of Australia’s regime of off-shore immigration detention, reiterated the charity’s call for the immediate release of the refugees into safer accommodation. The statement ... Read More »

Jackie Trad leading renewed push for euthanasia in Queensland

man dies in hospital

THERE is a renewed push to introduce voluntary euthanasia in Queensland, just as a politician in The Netherlands has proposed a long-awaited bill to offer healthy Dutch people over-75s the right to ask to die. Former treasurer Jackie Trad, now backbencher and a key supporter of voluntary euthanasia, has told The Australian newspaper voters deserved to know where the major ... Read More »

Wagga’s newly installed bishop humbled to be ‘an answer to prayers’

WAGGA Wagga’s sixth bishop might be an answer to the diocese’s prayers but Bishop Mark Edwards is certain the appointment was a “mysterious choice of God’s”. Bishop Edwards, who was installed as the sixth bishop of Wagga Wagga on July 22, said it was “mysterious to me” why he was chosen to lead the rural New South Wales diocese. “I ... Read More »

Brisbane deacon says Vatican parish guidelines confirms need for personal encounter with Christ

A parish in Brisbane

BRISBANE’S evangelisation director believes a new instruction from the Vatican for the renewal of parishes will help the Church to “look, feel and sound more like Jesus”. Deacon Peter Pellicaan, of Evangelisation Brisbane, which serves parishes and communities across Brisbane archdiocese, said a new instruction issued by the Congregation for Clergy on Monday (July 20) was a “powerful vision” of ... Read More »

Family friend of Biloela Tamils stuck on Christmas Island says mental health of two daughters at risk

Biloela Tamil family

A FRIEND of the Biloela Tamil family at the centre of a high-profile legal battle to stay in Australia says the mental health of the family’s two young children is deteriorating as wait on Christmas Island for a ruling. Nadesalingam Murugappan, known as Nades, and Kokilapathmapriya Nadesalingam, known as Priya, and their two Australian born daughters Kopika, 4, and Tharunicaa, ... Read More »

Catholic social justice leader praying for grandson battling rare childhood dementia

Chidhood dementia patient Oliver McCoombes with parents Phillip and Catherine

THE Ipswich family of four-year-old Oliver McCoombes, who is battling a rare and fatal type of childhood dementia, are hoping and praying for a cure. Most sufferers of  Sanfilippo syndrome, will forget who their parents are and will not reach adulthood, but Oliver’s close-knit, extended family believe researchers could be on a path to finding a treatment to slow the ... Read More »

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