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Apr 2019 '19
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Pro-lifers lose High Court free speech appeal against abortion clinic 'safe access zones'

A BRISBANE pro-life campaigner has not discounted further civil disobedience, after the High Court dismissed his appeal to laws that prescribe 150-metre "safe access zones" around abortion clinics. "I don't think it is right...
Apr 2019 '19
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'He is risen' - Salesian Father Frank Freeman writes about the resurrection, the heart of our faith

IT is a difficult task to change people's attitude or mind-set, as anyone engaged in education will readily tell you. To change whole personalities, to turn around life's patterns, needs a miracle. Twelve men, unlettered in...
Apr 2019 '19
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Benedictine Father Robert Nixon is ready for a lifetime giving glory to God at New Norcia

BENEDICTINE Father Robert Nixon says his first year as a priest has been an incredible experience. And the key to his experience - the grace of God. Fr Nixon said he could feel the grace of God working through him in the...
Apr 2019 '19
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Massacre remembered, journalist Mark Bowling reflects on a shocking event in East Timor in 1999

JUST as we have been remembering the horrors of Rwanda 25 years ago, another anniversary passed almost unnoticed this month - the 20th anniversary of a Church massacre on Australia's doorstep, in East Timor. In April 1999...
Apr 2019 '19
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Standing in solidarity, Timorese veterans to stand alongside Australian veterans for ANZAC Day Mass

NINE Timorese war veterans will stand alongside Australian veterans during next week's Anzac Day Mass in Brisbane's St Stephen's Cathedral. The attendance of Timorese veterans is becoming a tradition and has an extra...
Apr 2019 '19
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Vincentian leader Brian Moore remembered as a Christian role model who lived his life for others

FORMER St Vincent de Paul Society Queensland state president Brian Moore, who regularly wrote a column for The Catholic Leader, has died from a long-term illness. A Vinnies member for more than 50 years, Mr Moore held...
Apr 2019 '19
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Becoming Catholic - eight staff from St Columban's College answer Jesus' call to the faith

"BELONGING" is a strong, motivating force for eight teachers and staff from one Brisbane college who will join the Catholic Church this Easter. "I honestly feel that I will be officially one of 'us' which to me is awesome...
Apr 2019 '19
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Massive blaze erupts at Paris' iconic Notre Dame Cathedral; firefighters battling to save sacred site

CATHOLICS across the world were united in sorrow and prayer after a devastating fire engulfed the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris causing major damage. Images broadcast around the world showed the French cathedral in flames...
Apr 2019 '19
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Placing all her trust in God, El Salvadorian-born woman flees homeland and finds refuge in Australia

EL Salvadorian-born Ana Hatherley remembers the excitement of boarding an airplane for the first time, bound for Australia. It was 1988, she was six years old, the eldest of three children. Young Ana and her family were...
Apr 2019 '19
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The Church, with all her good works, is concerned above all else, with the salvation of souls

WHEN a former Governor General was baptised at the age of 85 last year - a man who had previously been an avowed atheist - I was interested to hear not only what had drawn him to the Church, but also what had driven him away...
Apr 2019 '19
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Logged off for Lent - Catholics saying no to social media to prepare for Easter find 'greater peace'

CATHOLICS around Australia have used the liturgical season of Lent to restrict their use of social media applications like Facebook. The traditional custom of giving up something for Lent is voluntary; but during his 2019...
Apr 2019 '19
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Cyclone-ravaged southern Africa 'devastated' as aid organisations count the cost

LOSS, interruption and destruction - millions of people were desolated after Cyclone Idai hit Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi late last month. Jesuit Conference of Africa and Madagascar president Fr Agbonkhianmeghe Orobator...
Apr 2019 '19
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Townsville Bishop Tim Harris affirms consistent life ethics in the face of ethical cherry-picking

ALL over Australia, people are again discussing the morality of ending one's own life. While there still seems to be a strong taboo around suicide, many people seem to think that under certain circumstances - for example, in...
Apr 2019 '19
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Young Venezuelan immigrant feels blessed by God for bringing him to Brisbane Catholic community

WHEN Alejandro Quijada Ode emigrated to Brisbane in 2016 the inflation rate in his home country of Venezuela was 800 per cent. Today it is estimated to be as high as 10 million per cent. A 2019 United Nations report...
Apr 2019 '19
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Budget hits hard - government ignores the plight of Australians in need, Vinnies says

THE 2019 Federal Budget continues to ignore Australia's most disadvantaged citizens, St Vincent de Paul Society national president Claire Victory said. Ms Victory said the Budget, delivered by Treasurer Josh Frydenberg...
Apr 2019 '19
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Easter's promise - Christ rises above the misery and flood-ravaged land, bringing hope and life

TWO months since Townsville was devastated by floods, and after the television crews, Twitter hash-tags and international news media spotlight passed on, one thousand people were still homeless and thousands more still...
Apr 2019 '19
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Is gender optional? Intent of new Tasmanian law labelled 'gender madness gone too far'

A NEW Tasmanian law making gender optional on birth certificates still has to pass scrutiny of the state's lower house and be considered by the state's independent law reform institute. Amendments to the controversial bill...
Apr 2019 '19
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Suicide rate among Aboriginal Australians a national disgrace and the costs are mounting

SUICIDES of Aboriginal Australians as young as 11 are placing enormous financial burden on the indigenous community, Murri Ministry co-ordinator Ravina Waldren said. "There are huge costs associated with burying our loved...
Apr 2019 '19
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Christian Brother Brian Grenier reflects on self-sacrifice and the greatest love there is

OF the ways in which Jesus defined his mission, the one that sums them all up is: "I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly" (Jn 10:10). Read in the light of his post-resurrection commissioning of his disciples...
Apr 2019 '19
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Visiting Canadian lay leader helping Brisbane Catholics find ways to inject new life into parishes

HE'S here to inspire and renew life in our parishes. Canadian lay leader Ron Huntley arrived in Brisbane last week to speak with priests and Church leaders about how to go beyond the crisis in the Catholic Church and inspire...
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