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Student with Down Syndrome told she would never talk gives first public speaking address to hundreds

Olivia Hargroder

OLIVIA Hargroder is a self-confessed “chatterbox”, but she was never expected to learn to speak. Born with Down Syndrome, the 16-year-old underwent major heart surgery and was not expected to live. “My mum and dad couldn’t even cuddle me,” Olivia said.  “So they stayed by my side reading books.” The books helped and Olivia made a full recovery. Parents Kerry ... Read More »

First two days of Cardinal Pell’s testimony

Cardinal Pell testifies

CARDINAL George Pell has told the child abuse royal commission the Catholic Church made “enormous mistakes” and “let people down” in its handling of child sexual abuse by priests and religious. Cardinal Pell, whose heart condition prevented him from returning to Australia for questioning, testified via videolink from a Rome hotel room, in front of a group of child sex ... Read More »

Academy Awards shine brighter Spotlight on sexual abuse

SOON after Spotlight was announced the winner of best picture at the Academy Awards, the Vatican newspaper praised the film for its portrayal of The Boston Globe’s investigation into clerical sex abuse in the United States. Accepting the major award film producer Michael Sugar said Spotlight amplified the voice of the survivors. “Pope Francis, it’s time to protect the children and restore ... Read More »

Graduation milestone for Timor Leste teachers college

Timor Leste graduation

TIMOR Leste has reached an education milestone with the latest graduation of 46 teachers from a college run by the Marist Brothers Province of Australia.  More than 500 teacher graduates have passed through the Instituto Catolico para a Formacao de Professores, since the college was built soon after Timor Leste (East Timor) gained independence from Indonesia. This is no small feat ... Read More »

God’s on Fr Nigel’s side

Fr Nigel Sequeira

SPIN a globe in your hands and stop on a random point. Any continent. Any hemisphere. There is a good chance you will stop near a place that Fr Nigel Sequeira has called home. It may be Tanzania, on Africa’s eastern central coast, where Fr Nigel was born. Perhaps it’s India, where he attended boarding school, or Ireland, where he ... Read More »

The best thing a dad can do for his kids

Family fun

“PARK Dad?” “No worries mate, let’s go”. “Icy pole Dad?” “No worries, I’ll get one out of the freezer”. “Dom, can you take the rubbish out please?” “Later, I’m tired, I need a break”. It’s a pretty standard set of conversations in my family home.  I have two kids under three and like all parents, want to do anything to ... Read More »

When are we human beings?

Mother remembers her son

Marking the beginning of human life has become unnecessarily complex. But for women who have lost a child, whether early in a pregnancy or at the cusp of birth, the definition of when life begins is clear. BELINDA Goodwin held her ninth baby in her arms and wept. Ignatius Gregory Jordan Goodwin was tiny, just shy of 10 weeks gestation. He ... Read More »

Pilgrims gather together to prepare for World Youth Day

World Youth Day

PILGRIMS from a number of Brisbane groups who are travelling to World Youth Day this year gathered together recently for a night of formation with representatives from the Sydney Jewish museum.  The Brisbane Catholic Education Religious Education team organised for Dr Ari Lander and Yotam Weiner from the museum to travel to Brisbane to present on Holocaust education in schools ... Read More »

Q&A with Broncos CEO Paul White

Broncos CEO Paul While

Paul White began his adult life as a young policeman and aspiring footballer, two aspects that would go on to shape his professional and personal life significantly. Paul and his wife Angela travelled throughout Queensland with Paul’s career in law enforcement. Paul soon built a reputation as an authoritative figure with strong moral values. Values he would transfer into a ... Read More »

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