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Brisbane priest urges more help for West Papuans in exile following visit to PNG

Brisbane priest urges more help for West Papuans in exile following visit to PNG

A HIGH-level Australian Catholic delegation has met with former Manus Island asylum seekers and refugees now in Port Moresby, and heard shocking stories of their detention. “It was shameful to hear how our government has treated them on Manus Island and how some of them would feel safer in some totalitarian prison back home rather than what they had been ... Read More »

Veteran suicide royal commission unwarranted, former officer says

Veteran suicide royal commission unwarranted, former officer says

THE Federal Government is considering ordering a royal commission into veteran suicides, but high-ranking returned officer Kel Ryan says the proposal would be unwarranted and costly. Lt Col Ryan, a Vietnam War veteran and parishioner from Goodna, has been involved in veteran issues for more than 30 years, and said during the last two decades there have been many studies ... Read More »

Let’s talk about death

Let’s talk about death

DYING is one of the most widely misunderstood natural processes.  Like a pregnant mother heading towards labour, it was often when people learned more about what they would go through that the fear of it abated, palliative medicine specialist Dr Judith McEniery said. “It’s the same thing with dying, if people knew about the ‘normal’, they would be less afraid,” ... Read More »

Brisbane students tell Plenary Council planners what they want for the Church

Brisbane students tell Plenary Council planners what they want for the Church

A BRISBANE student plenary assembly – the first held in Australia – has identified greater inclusion and equality for women, and a need for priests to be more tech-savvy as key issues for the Church today. “We are facing a crisis and we want to face it together, because the Catholic Church is important for Australia as a whole,” Brisbane ... Read More »

Emma Fradd says Australian parish music is dead – but not gone

Emma Fradd says Australian parish music is dead – but not gone

CATHOLIC musician Emma Fradd likes the word revival. “I’m a direct communicator, because I think (revival) signifies that something is dead and lifeless,” Emma said. “And I think a lot of parish music in our country is dead.” Recognising there was a problem was the first step to solving it, and Emma, who is touring Brisbane parishes as part of ... Read More »

Centacare honours heroes at annual Awards event

Centacare honours heroes at annual Awards event

“WE have had a lot of good feedback from the wives; and the husbands have come home and been really happy because they’ve actually been able to talk to other men and generally they don’t get that,” Centacare service delivery manager Felicity Arnold said. Ms Arnold helps to run Waminda Men’s Group, one of a number of groups that won ... Read More »

I spy something beginning with K: Josephite nun says Witness K and Bernard Collaery are scapegoats

I spy something beginning with K: Josephite nun says Witness K and Bernard Collaery are scapegoats

AUSTRALIAN government officials have turned Witness K and his or her lawyer Bernard Collaery into scapegoats, Josephite Sister Susan Connelly said at a public forum about the espionage case at Brisbane City Hall on October 29. Senior Counsel Bret Walker, who at one stage represented Witness K, and Professor Clinton Fernandes, who had appeared on ABC television as a case ... Read More »

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