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Toowoomba mum tells royal commission she was urged to abort disabled son

TOOWOOMBA mother Toni Mitchell fronted the Disability Royal Commission gripping the hand of her son Joshy, and explained how she had to justify her son’s life – even before he was born. “It’s highly likely that your son has Down syndrome,” Ms Mitchell was told by a medical staffer during a prenatal screening. “People were murmuring and I was still ... Read More »

Brisbane auxiliary Bishop Ken Howell reveals his carbon footprint

What would be the carbon footprint of a Catholic bishop in a large and bustling archdiocese? In this two-week series, Emilie Ng uses the carbon footprint of one auxiliary Bishop to explore the three last pope’s teaching on the environment. BRISBANE auxiliary Bishop Ken Howell visited the airport nearly once a fortnight in 2019, but it wasn’t the primary contributor ... Read More »

Bundaberg church blaze has not stopped community spirit

FORMER Bundaberg parish priest Fr John Daly had been away on the day of the St Mary’s Church fire and returned in the afternoon and when he went to see the church, there was “no sign of anything”. “All the pews were just coals and the altar and the lectern, everything, there was no sign of furniture that existed there,” ... Read More »

Twelve euthanasia deaths predicted in first year, but Victoria had counted 52 deaths in six months

VICTORIAN authorities have recorded 52 deaths in the first six months since euthanasia became available in the state. The government had expected one death per month, but were instead counting two deaths per week between June 19 and December 31. Of those 52 people who died, 43 people swallowed the fatal medication themselves and nine people had their doctor administer ... Read More »

NET Ministries Australia sends 45 youth missionaries to spread the Gospel in three countries

HUNDREDS of friends and family crowded the steps of Sacred Heart Church, Rosalie, in the late hours of last Saturday to extend last-minute hugs and goodbyes to National Evangelisation Team Ministries’ 45 young adults, who begin a 10-month adventure spreading the Gospel. Seven teams, made up of 23 Australians, 12 Americans, five Canadians, two New Zealanders, two South Africans and ... Read More »

Brisbane L’Arche community in shock over findings of leader Jean Vanier’s prolonged sexual abuse

BRISBANE L’Arche community leader met Jean Vanier four times since the 1980s and never once considered him anything but an inspirational Catholic. But last weekend his image of Vanier was shattered when the L’Arche International community announced the findings of an independent inquiry that found the internationally renowned Canadian had sexually abused at least six women. L’Arche Brisbane community leader ... Read More »

Camp Hill parish reaching out to offer their support to Hannah Clarke’s grieving family

CAMP Hill’s small Catholic community have opened their arms to the family of Hannah Clarke, the 31-year-old mother murdered along with her three children. Fr Christopher Obi, parish priest of St Thomas the Apostle Church, Camp Hill, spent his day off last Monday attempting to contact Suzanne and Lloyd Clarke, the grieving parents who lost their daughter on Wednesday, February ... Read More »

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