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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 »

Neocatechumenal Way community members complete rite of passage during Easter Vigil

Neocatechumenal Way rite of passage

Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge described “an extraordinary” faith journey of 35 years as he presented white baptismal garments to a Brisbane Catholic community completing its final catechumenal rite of passage during Easter. “It is a birth and every birth involves a death, and you have died to many things in order that you may be born,” Archbishop Coleridge said as ... Read More »

Rockhampton bishop speaks out after coral reef pummelled by Cyclone Debbie

Coral reef damage

DAMAGE to the Great Barrier Reef in the wake of Cyclone Debbie has prompted one of Queensland’s bishops to renew a call for greater environmental protection. “Speaking as a former industrial chemist, I note that there has been tremendous damage done to the reef by the run-off of waters and untreated effluent contained by our industries,” Rockhampton Bishop Michael McCarthy said. ... Read More »

Leading clinical psychologist praises veteran program ‘Timor Awakening’

Aussie veterans program

A LEADING clinical psychologist has praised the “quality healing” of the rehabilitation program Timor Awakening, which is helping veterans deal with PTSD, substance abuse, isolation and thoughts of committing suicide. Brisbane-based Dr John Barletta, who volunteered as a consultant on the Timor Awakening program, said “it has been inspiring to see veterans and leaders connect, support, guide, challenge, and educate one ... Read More »