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Pro-life speaker’s visa woes harms freedom of speech, supporters say

Troy Newman visa revoked Australia

By Emilie Ng UPDATE: October 7 AMERICAN pro-life activist Troy Newman has returned home after a High Court judge refused his entry into Australia last week. Mr Newman, who is behind the undercover videos that sparked the investigation into US government funding for abortion facility Planned Parenthood, lost his case in the High Court to remain in Australia for a speaking tour. ... Read More »

Brisbane parishes primed to welcome Syrian refugees

Brisbane refugees

THE minute former Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced Australia would accept extra refugees from Syria, Catholic bishops, priests, parishes and individuals started raising their hands to say “We’ll help”. Archbishop Mark Coleridge was among the first, on behalf of the people of Brisbane archdiocese. By the time Archbishop Coleridge announced last weekend the archdiocese would aim to welcome at least ... Read More »

St Vincent de Paul Society will welcome Syrian refugees

Syrian refugees

  AUSTRALIA’S largest Catholic volunteer organisation has vowed to help the nation’s increased intake of persecuted Syrians find a safe haven in their newfound home.   The St Vincent de Paul Society National Council of Australia welcomed the recent government’s decision to accept a further 12,000 refugees from Syria, confirmed yesterday.   The society’s chief executive Dr John Falzon said ... Read More »

‘This is killing me’: Husband desparate to be with detained wife

Refugee Milad Jafari

By Peter Bugden “THIS is killing me,” Milad Jafari said in Darwin after having visited his wife Mojgan Shamsalipoor in immigration detention. The 21-year-old refugees from Iran, married for 10 months, were separated on August 7 when Ms Shamsalipoor was transferred from a Brisbane detention centre to another in Darwin after her asylum claim was rejected. Hundreds of people, including ... Read More »

Refugee says his family are ‘the lucky ones’

Vietnamese refugee family

By Peter Bugden KHAI Nguyen’s eldest daughter Nhi is the same age he was when he hopped on a refugee boat for the dangerous ride to freedom – only 15. He cannot imagine that for her. “That’s why sometimes I do explain it to them (Nhi and her sister Mimi, 12, and brother Phong, nine), that that’s where we come ... Read More »

Fighting back

CATHOLICS in Iraq are defying Daesh (Islamic State), not with weapons or violence but with education and learning – and Australian Catholic University is standing with them. Archbishop Bashar Warda of Erbil, in Kurdish northern Iraq, was a guest at the International Federation of Catholic Universities 25th General Assembly in Melbourne earlier this month where he sought help from delegates. ... Read More »

Faith on the frontline

Memories from war

By Emilie Ng ACROSS the sea, a young Australian venerates his finger-worn St Benedict’s medal, praying with reasonable doubt if he will ever return home from war-torn France. He rubs the medal with his left hand, all too aware that it will be the hand he depends on for the rest of his life. Private Edmond William Carmody Bourke enlisted ... Read More »

Bushfire danger eases for Adelaide parishes

By Paul Dobbyn ADELAIDE Hills priest Fr Alfred Farrugia said he gives “thanks to God” for the narrow escape St Joseph the Worker Church, Lobethal, has had from bushfires. The parish’s other two churches – St Matthew’s at Birdwood and St Matthew’s at Bridgewater – had not been under threat so far, he said. The bushfires have destroyed or badly ... Read More »

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