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Cairns town tends to grief 12 months after tragic explosion

RAVENSHOE parishioners gathered for an ecumenical service at St Teresa’s Church to commemorate the lives lost in a disaster last year that shook the whole community. The small town located on the Atherton Tablelands was rocked by disaster 12 months ago when a vehicle crashed into a gas bottle at a local cafe, causing an explosion that killed two people ... Read More »

Too many indigenous Australians in jail, trends show

Indigenous incarceration

ABORIGINAL deaths in custody are in decline, but indigenous Australians remain grossly over represented in jail. There were 339 recommendations handed down by the Royal Commission into Aboriginal deaths in custody in 1991.  And 25 years later, Aboriginal people are still over represented in our prison system, despite many of the recommendations addressing this issue.  Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander prisoners ... Read More »

A bishop for the people

Bishop Raymond Benjamin

BISHOP Raymond Benjamin, Townsville’s fourth Bishop, was laid to rest in the Sacred Heart Cathedral in Townsville on March 17. The cathedral congregation joined Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge, Townsville diocesan administrator Fr Mick Lowcock and many other bishops and priests to farewell Bishop Benjamin, 91, who died earlier this month. Fr Orm Rush, on behalf of the priests of the ... Read More »

Fijian tragedy as mother dies saving nine children from cyclone

Family in mourning

AS Fiji’s clean-up after Cyclone Winston continued with international support, there are painful and tragic stories of the night the storm struck, claiming 42 lives. Cyclone Winston tore through on February 19, with winds of 330km/h devastating the region. The village of Oelekuro, a remote community of 400 in the province of Tailevu, is still reeling from the extensive damage ... Read More »

Queensland Augustinians laid to rest last month

Augustinians laid to rest

TWO Augustinian Fathers with strong connections to Brisbane archdiocese have died. Fr Patrick Fahey and Fr Patrick Bourke died in December in Sydney and Melbourne. Both men were over 80 and had enjoyed long and decorated lives of service to the Church. Fr Fahey was raised in Yeppoon, attending secondary school at St Augustine’s College between 1946 and 1949. His ... Read More »

Family out to save daughter from SUDEP

Young battler

NICKAYLA Winter’s dream job would be to “fix kids” who, like her, are at a high risk of death from epilepsy. The eight-year-old St Bernard’s Catholic School student is at risk of sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP), which affects one in a thousand people, and in Australia has resulted in about 300 deaths. Despite only attending school for half ... Read More »

Phone abortions offering RU486 by mail ‘irresponsible medicine’, Brisbane doctor says

Abortion pill available over the phone

By Emilie Ng SAVING women from the traumas of life-threatening abortifacients is Brisbane doctor Terrence Kent’s day job. But the advocate for natural medical interventions for infertility could find his workload increasing following the announcement of a phone abortion service available to Australian women. “My job is to stop these things,” Dr Kent said.
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Much-loved Jesuit Fr Gregory Jordan taught lessons until death

By Emilie Ng “When I die, don’t write me an epitaph, say a prayer for me,” Fr Gregory Jordan. JESUIT Father Gregory Jordan dedicated his life to teaching young and old the beauty of life in the Church, but his greatest lesson came when he died suddenly on Sunday July 19. After collapsing during Mass in St Ignatius Church, Toowong, Fr ... Read More »

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