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Pastoral carers like prison and hospital chaplains relish Zoom sessions to keep ministry alive

PRISON chaplains and hospital pastoral carers are doing their best to keep their ministries alive despite being kept away from prisoners and patients because of COVID-19. Brisbane archdiocese’s Centacare Pastoral Ministries director Judy Norris said chaplains were unable to visit prisons and most of Centacare’s pastoral carers have had to withdraw from hospitals, leaving only a skeleton team allowed limited ... Read More »

‘It’s not a step forward for rural health’: Theodore residents protest to save town’s maternity service

McIntyre family

RESIDENTS in a small central Queensland town where women are being forced to travel hundreds of kilometres to give birth are battling to have their local hospital maternity ward reopened. The people of Theodore raised more than $70,000 to help repair the maternity ward, part of a $2 million government overhaul, after the hospital was ravaged by floodwaters; only to ... Read More »

Medical couple studying in Australia returning home to run Iraq’s first and only Catholic hospital

Iraqi medical students with Archbishop Mark Coleridge

AN Iraqi medical couple studying in Australia are preparing to return to their war-torn homeland to operate a new and unique Church-run hospital. Dr Saveen Oghana and Ban Isaqi, a dentist, have spent the past year studying master’s degrees at ACU’s Brisbane campus – equipping them with health administration skills needed to run a new Catholic hospital in Erbil in ... Read More »

Single mother’s hospital parking pain eased following government promises

Lisa Jackson

HOSPITAL trips are becoming less of a financial nightmare for a Catholic single mother-of-three who until mid-last year was paying more than $380 a month in parking fees. Stafford parishioner of 45 years Lisa Jackson welcomed a victory for the community after the Queensland Government last year promised to invest up to $7.5 million over four years to make an ... Read More »

Emergency room trip in Philippines prompts family’s Lenten fundraiser

Miguel Balagtas in the emergency room in the Philippines

A BRISBANE parishioner has launched a heartfelt Lenten appeal for a struggling hospital in the Philippines. Sherry Balagtas was shocked at hospital conditions when her 13-year-old son Miguel was admitted with food poisoning during a family holiday in Palawan province recently. She said the Coron District Hospital was poorly lacking in basic supplies and medicines. “We had to call the ... Read More »

Praying for little Sara: Family of 11-year-old involved in tragic clothesline accident are leaving everything in God’s hands

Mehari family

SARA’S eyes flutter with excitement as another hymn reaches her ears. Her sister Zina is singing the melody, and watches as Sara follows with her eyes to the familiar sounds. The blanket laid over Sara’s body rises with her breath, causing the wooden Rosary beads placed on top to wriggle back and forth. There are other signs of the Catholic ... Read More »

Family working with neuroscience director of Catholic hospital considering medical cannabis to treat daughter’s “diabolical” chronic epilepsy

Family hopes cannabis will save daugther

LAURA Massie is a young Brisbane woman who has endured chronic epilepsy since she was a baby.  Now her family is preparing for the legalisation of medicinal cannabis in Queensland from next March, with a mixture of caution and hope that finally some relief may come. A lot of attention has been focused on using medicinal cannabis to treat epilepsy, ... Read More »

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