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First two days of Cardinal Pell’s testimony

Cardinal Pell testifies

CARDINAL George Pell has told the child abuse royal commission the Catholic Church made “enormous mistakes” and “let people down” in its handling of child sexual abuse by priests and religious. Cardinal Pell, whose heart condition prevented him from returning to Australia for questioning, testified via videolink from a Rome hotel room, in front of a group of child sex ... Read More »

Academy Awards shine brighter Spotlight on sexual abuse

SOON after Spotlight was announced the winner of best picture at the Academy Awards, the Vatican newspaper praised the film for its portrayal of The Boston Globe’s investigation into clerical sex abuse in the United States. Accepting the major award film producer Michael Sugar said Spotlight amplified the voice of the survivors. “Pope Francis, it’s time to protect the children and restore ... Read More »

Graduation milestone for Timor Leste teachers college

Timor Leste graduation

TIMOR Leste has reached an education milestone with the latest graduation of 46 teachers from a college run by the Marist Brothers Province of Australia.  More than 500 teacher graduates have passed through the Instituto Catolico para a Formacao de Professores, since the college was built soon after Timor Leste (East Timor) gained independence from Indonesia. This is no small feat ... Read More »

PNG in food crisis

PNG

IN Papua New Guinea, the rains have come and the drought is over, but the country remains in the grip of crisis. It is estimated about two million people are affected by a lack of food and clean water. Typhoid and skin diseases are rife, malnutrition is on the rise, while in remote areas schools and medical centres have been ... Read More »

Help on the way for Fiji

A STATE of disaster remains in place in Fiji after being hit by Cyclone Winston, described as the strongest storm in the southern hemisphere since record-keeping began. The death toll continues to climb with more than 40 dead this week. Last week rescue workers reached remote islands to find entire villages destroyed. The cyclone also wreaked havoc on the Tongan islands of ... Read More »

Closing the Gap

THE eighth annual Closing the Gap report offered another stark snapshot –indigenous Australians continue to die younger, they are out of work more and are less educated than other Australians. Political, community and Church leaders, agree there are some reasons to be optimistic – infant mortality rates is decreasing and more students finish Year 12, but a continuing failure in ... Read More »

Ex-service chaplain: Australian veterans suicide rate are “tragic”

Soldier on guard

IT’S a shocking, whispered truth about our modern military – far more of our veterans take their own lives after returning home than are killed during overseas operations. In the last few weeks, two more veterans took their own lives – the toll is more than 260 since 1988, compared to 46 listed as fatalities in conflict, according to the ... Read More »

Brisbane missionary helps PNG Catholics head to Poland

PNG pilgrims

BRISBANE teacher and missionary Sarah Bunting believes her love of the Church and the words of Pope Francis are guiding her next big challenge.  She has started raising money to send 15 youths from Alotau in Papua New Guinea to World Youth Day in Poland in July. Two years ago Sarah, a woman with a zest for life and a ... Read More »

Business community set to help

Business community set to help

By Mark Bowling QUEENSLAND business is gearing up to provide opportunities for Syrian refugees as the humanitarian crisis in the country grows. The crisis deepened as 70,000 Syrians fled a full-scale Russian bombing assault on the city of Aleppo. Queensland has pledged to take 3500 refugees as part of an Australia-wide intake of 12,000. The Fuller Centre for Housing Queensland ... Read More »

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