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Queensland-born Columban Father Warren Kinne on being a priest in communist China

Chinese parishioners

COLUMBAN Father Warren Kinne knows first hand the art of “playing the game”. For two decades, Fr Kinne, 71, born and bred in Bundaberg, Queensland, was a missionary in communist China, learning to tread lightly, sometimes testing the boundaries of authority and control, and eventually watching his mission flourish in unimagined ways. Now returned to Australia, with a new mission ... Read More »

Student sexting ‘is rampant’ among youth and children, Queensland Catholic school principal says

sexting concern

RAMPANT “sexting” – the culture of sending and receiving nude images – is a major problem among students, a Catholic school principal said. Bundaberg’s Shalom College principal Dan McMahon has joined a chorus of school community concern over the issue, after a student’s photo was “digitally altered by another person in a suggestive and offensive way”. He was told boys ... Read More »

Principals of schools formerly run by Christian Brothers apologise to student victims and survivors of sexual abuse

Apology

PRINCIPALS of Catholic schools have apologised to survivors and victims of sexual abuse inflicted on students at their schools. Edmund Rice Education Australia led a “National Ritual of Apology” for victims of historic abuse at schools run by the Christian Brothers. Those schools include Brisbane’s St Joseph’s Nudgee College; St Laurence’s College; and St James College. EREA has responsibility for ... Read More »

Rockhampton Bishop stands with workers as hundreds face job cuts with Aurizon workshop closure

Bishop Michael McCarthy

ROCKHAMPTON Bishop Michael McCarthy has spoken out in support of hundreds of Aurizon workers told they would lose their jobs with the closure of the city’s railway workshops. “I stand with the workers,” Bishop McCarthy said. “Workers who support families, have bills to pay, support our local businesses and are an integral part of our central Queensland family. “The workers ... Read More »

Brisbane Catholic school parents assured of no major fee increase next year

Australian classroom

BRISBANE Catholic Education has reassured parents they will face “no major increase” in school fees next year. In a letter to parents in 139 schools across the Brisbane archdiocese, executive director Pam Betts wrote: “… next year’s fees will be similar to this year’s, with a projected increase of somewhere around the three per cent mark, in line with the ... Read More »

Passionist living in Brisbane who survived a machete attack and met the Queen talks life as a devoted missionary priest

Fr Paul Mercieca

FR Paul Mercieca has experienced many challenges and adventures during 50 years as a Passionist missionary priest. Quietly spoken and with an infectious sense of humour, Fr Mercieca has survived a machete attack, suffered three bouts of malaria, and has travelled to Buckingham Palace to meet the Queen. Now working in Brisbane as an aged-care priest, he is beloved by ... Read More »

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