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‘This is no way for a child to grow up’: Catholic teacher talks of heartbreaking mission in Iraq

Ora Duffley with a child in northern Iraq

BRISBANE Catholic teacher Ora Duffley has returned from a confronting few weeks on mission helping Christian refugees in northern Iraq. Miss Duffley set off before Easter to join the French Catholic mission SOS Chrétiens d’Orient, working hand in hand with local people and parishes on the ground. Even though she was well-read on the ongoing war against ISIS, she said ... Read More »

School funding shake-up could leave parents no choice but to leave the Catholic sector

Carmel Nash

CATHOLIC students may be forced into Queensland’s state school system if the Federal Government goes ahead with a 10-year plan to shake up funding for schools. Executive officer of the Queensland Catholic schools Federation of Parents’ and Friends’ Associations Carmel Nash expressed concern the shake-up could take away choices for families. “Parents are the end bearers of the cost,” Mrs ... Read More »

Brisbane priest shares anguish of families with ice addicts

Family conflict can drive a wedge between parents

THE drug ice has taken such a grip in Queensland that government and care agencies are swamped by demand for crisis intervention, treatment and support for the families of users including children, and the effects are being felt in parishes. A Queensland Government report has revealed one in every three children found to be in need of protection in 2016 ... Read More »

Gold Coast Vinnies raises Cornerstone of hope for city’s homeless

Vinnies Gold Coast homeless project

EACH night on the Gold Coast 1400 people are homeless. “The need is massive,” executive officer of the St Vincent de Paul Society’s South Coast diocesan council in Queensland Shane Klintworth said. “It’s a mixture of people who are couch surfing, living in overcrowded accommodation, or they may well be in a refuge or they could be sleeping rough.” Recent ... Read More »

‘I’ll never hold another rifle or gun in my hand again’: Vietnam War veteran Peter Handy on the meaning of Anzac Day

Veterans Support Centre president Peter Handy

PETER Handy finds nothing glorious about war. His lips tighten and a tear forms when asked what Anzac Day means for him. “It brings out every emotion,” Mr Handy, 67, recalling his own national service years spent with the 8th Field Ambulance during the Vietnam War, said. As president of the Veterans Support Centre Queensland at Nerang, he is passionate ... Read More »

Timorese guerrilla fighter joins students and veterans at Brisbane Anzac Day commemoration

Timorese veteran meets Catholic school students

TIMOR Leste’s independence struggle veteran Mau Buti spent 24 years as a guerrilla fighter living in the mountains. Last week Mr Buti mingled with Australian students and veterans as he and 30 Timorese veterans accompanied his country’s President-elect Francisco Guterres on a visit to Queensland to strengthen veteran ties and take part in Anzac Day commemorations. In Brisbane’s Anzac Square ... Read More »

Darwin-based priest recalls Easter joy in notorious Don Dale youth centre

A CHAPLAIN who ministers to youth inside Darwin’s notorious Don Dale detention centre, has told of his emotional Easter meeting with inmates including washing the boys feet. Missionaries Of God’s Love Father Dan Benedetti washed the feet of about 20 young offenders during an Holy Thursday commemoration of the Last Supper and the washing of the feet. The celebration was ... Read More »

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