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Faith-based emergency relief services respond to report calling for LGBTI-friendly environments

Emergency relief teams

  Faith-based organisations say they have “a long tradition of … respectfully” providing emergency relief to people despite some negative claims in a discussion about disaster response. The Federal Government-funded National Gender and Emergency Management Guidelines were developed by Victoria’s Women’s Health Goulburn North East Inc in response to major disasters such as the 2009 Black Saturday bushfires and the ... Read More »

Violence is driving more people out on the streets

homeless

AN increasing number of people who are homeless and seeing support services are doing so to flee family and domestic violence, a Federal Government agency says. A report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare shows 279,000 people sought homelessness services in 2015-16, with two in five people seeking help for domestic and family violence reasons. “This is a ... Read More »

Sr Anne Gardiner has spent 63 years loving the Tiwi Aboriginal people

Sr Anne Gardiner

SISTER Anne Gardiner vividly recalls the day she flew to the Tiwi Islands to start her missionary work. “That was a moment of joy when I landed,” she said. “I got out of the plane and the children all ran up to me, pinching my skin and saying ‘you look so young’.” The year was 1953. Sr Anne was just ... Read More »

No spare change for the weekly tithe? Try the digital collection plate

digital collection plate

IN a world increasingly embracing technology and a cashless culture, are we ready for the digital church collection plate? It is just one of the many innovations being tried and used by the Church, which still overwhelmingly relies on money being dropped into the collection plate as it passes from pew to pew. Now digital church collection is being tested ... Read More »

Catholics shed tears of joy at the opening of the new Maroochydore church

Priests at Maroochydore parish opening

PARISHIONERS thanked God, and some wept with joy, as they worshipped for the first time in the new Stella Maris Church in Maroochydore. “We waited for a long time, but …  we are home. Thank you, Lord, thank you. It is beautiful,” said Josephine Schemvri, a parishioner of 20 years, wiping back heartfelt tears. Alongside, her friend Gwen De Silva ... Read More »

Doctor warns legalising euthanasia will undermine support for people in palliative care

euthanasia

A CONTROVERSIAL bill to legalise euthanasia will be introduced into Victorian Parliament in the second half of next year, despite doctors’ warnings that expanded palliative care would deliver better results. Premier Daniel Andrews was previously against euthanasia, but is now keen to support it after watching his father suffer through a long battle with cancer. “That gives you reason to ... Read More »

Brisbane father-of-three Marcus Riley is at the UN as an advocate for the ageing

Marcus Riley

BRISBANE’S Marcus Riley is the new, youthful champion for the ageing. The 40-year-old Catholic father-of-three has headed to United Nations headquarters in New York to advocate for a UN Convention of the Rights of Older Persons. “At the moment there is a silence about older people across international laws,” said Mr Riley, who this year became chairman of the Global ... Read More »

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