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Cambodian plan likened to ‘people trafficking’

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By Paul Dobbyn BRISBANE refugee rights activist Freddie Steen described an Australian Government agreement with Cambodia to resettle asylum seekers there as “people trafficking”. “What else can you call it?” the former volunteer at Woolloongabba’s Mercy Family Services Romero Centre said. “Our government is paying another country to take people we don’t want – basically using humans as a commodity. ... Read More »

Sr Teresia devoted to mission in dangerous part of Jamaica

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By Paul Dobbyn SISTER Teresia Tinanisolo visited Brisbane to alert people to a dark side to Jamaica’s beautiful beaches and rollicking reggae music. The Fijian-born 76-year-old Marist Missionary Sister wanted to do more than just report on the situation. She came to raise awareness of her mission to help youth living in Jamaica’s dangerous ghettos and to publicly thank Australians ... Read More »

Pope: Drop the melodrama, pray for strength, for those truly in pain

Pope Francis prays

AVOID the melodrama and self-pity over minor problems in life, Pope Francis said. Instead, use life’s inevitable difficulties to pray for strength and pray for those who are suffering real tragedy, he said in a morning homily on September 30. “Our life is too easy, our complaints are melodramatic complaints” compared to the many people suffering from debilitating disease, hunger ... Read More »

Faith invigorated at Ignite Conference 2014


By Emilie Ng BRISBANE’S Ignite Conference has become a place of hope not only to young Catholics, but also to religious men and women and lay Catholics, both young and old. Sister of Nazareth Antonia Ioleme attended the four-day youth event (September 25-28) with fellow sisters to share the beauty of religious life. Sr Ioleme said spending time with many ... Read More »

Pope launches alarm, tells Vatican security force to be ‘gossip police’

Pope Francis waves

THE biggest threat facing the Vatican isn’t a bomb or bullet from the outside, but the insidious work of mischief-makers within, who plant discord and resentment, Pope Francis told the Vatican’s security force. “There are bombs in here, very dangerous bombs in here,” he told security personnel. “Please, keep your eyes open, because in the darkness of so many wicked ... Read More »

Young people Igniting the faith


By Emilie Ng CONTAGIOUS energy and love for Jesus Christ and the Catholic Church touched more than 1200 young people at the Ignite Conference 2014 held in Brisbane last weekend. Running in its 10th year, Ignite Conference 2014 captured young hearts living in Australia, New Zealand and even families travelling from Canada. Friday night’s Adoration and Benediction was a highlight ... Read More »

Vatican calls Middle East diplomats to Rome for talks on current crises

Cardinal Pietro Parolin

THE Vatican has called its diplomats from the Middle East to Rome to discuss crises in the region. A three-day summit will be held to further assess the current situation in the Middle East. Seven nuncios based in the Middle East were to meet with Vatican officials for talks from October 2-4 and greet Pope Francis briefly at the start ... Read More »

Pope chooses ‘family’ as theme for World Communications Day 2015

Pope Francis

AS the family gets special focus in two upcoming synods and an international gathering in Philadelphia next year, Pope Francis is highlighting the beauty and value of the family in his message for World Communications Day. “Communicating the family: a privileged place of encounter with the gift of love” will be the theme of the Church’s celebration of World Communications ... Read More »

Divorce, migration changing the face of families worldwide


THE family under discussion when the extraordinary Synod of Bishops convenes at the Vatican on October 5 will bear little resemblance to the family of 50 or even 20 years ago. The blended and extended families created by high rates of divorce, remarriage and cohabitation – along with the worldwide migration prompted by economic turmoil and war – have combined ... Read More »

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