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War veteran and husband of translator who helped decode the German Enigma Code at Bletchley Park turns 104

Neville Davis and family feature

NEVILLE Davis is a dedicated family man, whose service and parish commitment has been a life-sustaining force.  The remarkable man also celebrated his 104th birthday last week. “We all love him, he’s a great father,” daughter Hilary O’Reilly, 54, who is one of Neville’s five children, and second youngest daughter, said. Neville has 18 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. “He is ... Read More »

Army of support lands in Fiji to rebuild communities battered by Cyclone Winston

Combat engineers lending helping hand

BRISBANE-based army engineers have returned from cyclone-ravaged Fiji after a crucial role in the humanitarian and recovery effort operation, Fiji Assist. More than 200 engineers from the Australian Army 2nd Combat Engineer Regiment (2CER) have completed a six-week deployment during which they helped rebuild entire, battered communities. According to the regiment’s chaplain Jesuit Father Bryan Pipins, the Fiji mission was ... Read More »

“We have to move now”: Islanders watch as their home disappears in the sea

Pais Taehu and Ursula Rakova

ALMOST 6000 islanders to Australia’s north face forced evacuation as they watch their low-lying Pacific homelands disappear under rising seas. Their plight amounts to just a drop in the ocean, and yet these island people take solace from Pope Francis’ call for action on climate change and the environment, and for the dignity of displaced persons. The communities of four ... Read More »

Country girl set to lead one of Brisbane’s top residential colleges

THÉRÈSE Eddy will rely on her rural background and the strength of her own life experience to lead one of The University of Queensland’s premier residential colleges. Thérèse is the new head of college and chief executive officer of Duchesne College, which was founded by Archbishop James Duhig in 1937 to provide a safe and welcoming home for young Catholic ... Read More »

New veterans’ rehabilitation program in Timor to combat “health crisis” and increased suicide rates with spirituality

Timor Awakening

HUNDREDS of Australian veterans are expected to travel to Timor Leste as part of a unique rehabilitation program with spirituality at its core. The 12-month program, called Timor Awakening, is taking aim at a “health crisis” amongst young Australian veterans, who suffer from a frightening suicide rate. RSL Queensland has sponsored the program, which will provide holistic health care for ... Read More »

Pacific Island bishops make surprise but welcome visit to Papua

Papuan visit

VISITING Pacific island bishops have heard of on-going violence and repression faced by Papuan people during a rare visit to Indonesian’s most easterly province. A delegation of 20 bishops from the Bishops Conference of Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands were also told of Papuan desires for independence from Indonesia, during a visit to the Papuan provincial capital, Jayapura. ... Read More »

Too many indigenous Australians in jail, trends show

Indigenous incarceration

ABORIGINAL deaths in custody are in decline, but indigenous Australians remain grossly over represented in jail. There were 339 recommendations handed down by the Royal Commission into Aboriginal deaths in custody in 1991.  And 25 years later, Aboriginal people are still over represented in our prison system, despite many of the recommendations addressing this issue.  Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander prisoners ... Read More »

Pope releases document on marriage and family

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Update: April 13, 2016 POPE Francis’ apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia, (The Joy of Love) presents a pastoral approach to the most vexing marriage and family issues,  including the reintegration into the Church of Catholics who divorce and remarry in civil ceremonies. A striking aspect of the 256-page document is Pope Francis’ exploration of individual conscience in guiding adult faith.  “I ... Read More »

What will be Brisbane’s monuments of mercy?

Monuments of mercy

POPE Francis has asked Catholic dioceses around the world to set up a permanent memorial of the Year of Mercy. It’s a new and sizeable challenge, but also offers a unique opportunity to meet the needs we see around us.  How could the Archdiocese of Brisbane best respond to the Holy Father’s request?  Pope Francis said the idea came to ... Read More »

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