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Fire, floods and disaster – the call to be good stewards needed more than ever

IN the wake of Townsville’s “once in a century” monsoonal deluge, a leading ecologist warns extreme weather linked to climate change has the potential to dramatically shift the way Australians live and work, and force governments to ramp up resources to combat emergencies. “We’re seeing things we haven’t experienced before,” Macquarie University distinguished professor of biology Lesley Hughes said. Prof ... Read More »

Religious freedom championed by Church delegation to lawmakers, urging holistic re-examination

BRISBANE Archbishop Mark Coleridge has urged lawmakers to support a broad, holistic re-examination of religious freedom. Archbishop Coleridge, president of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, raised the hot-button issue as he led a five-member Church delegation presenting evidence to a parliamentary committee examining Labor Senator Penny Wong’s private member’s bill dealing with religious schools and their capacity to “discriminate” against ... Read More »

Escaping conflict and encampment, African refugees rise to leadership and strive to put God first

ONE of Brisbane’s oldest schools has for the first time named two African refugees as college captains, identifying the pair as leaders strongly committed to their faith and to Catholic social justice. The new captains at Brisbane’s inner-city St James College are Mariam Ajang, born in a refugee camp in Kenya after her family fled war-torn Sudan, and Paul Paul, ... Read More »

Pilgrims encouraged by Pontiff’s words and humble faith to uphold their Catholic identity

IN the heart of Panama City the beautiful Nuestra Senora del Carmen church was packed with young Australians celebrating morning prayer. Just by chance Bishop Michael McKenna of Bathurst, one of several Australian bishops in Panama for World Youth Day, passed the church and agreed to introduce prayers to about 250 visiting youth from Australia. Bishop McKenna’s message was strong ... Read More »

Panama Canal shows what can be achieved when nations work together for common good

DEACON Liam Ryan reckons the Panama Canal is an impressive engineering feat, just as God’s creation of man is a feat of love. “It is just an amazing piece of ingenuity really,” 31-year-old Deacon Ryan said, surveying passenger vessels and giant container ships passing through the canal locks. He visited the canal during last week’s World Youth Day in Panama, ... Read More »

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