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PNG in crisis

By Peter Bugden CHURCH agencies and religious orders are hurrying to the aid of Australia’s nearest neighbours in Papua New Guinea, suffering hunger and disease through its worst drought in almost 20 years. ABC Radio reported that hundreds of people died when PNG faced a similar drought in 1997, and some have died since the disaster began to bite in ... Read More »

Government failure

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CATHOLIC Religious Australia has criticised the Federal Government’s bid for seats on the United Nations Security and Human Rights councils. CRA’s Justice Network co-ordinator Missionaries of the Sacred Heart Father Claude Mostowik issued a statement on October 1 after Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop announced Australia would seek a seat on the UN Security Council for the 2029-30 term and ... Read More »

Veterans find new hope

By Peter Bugden MANY military veterans dealing with mental illness have found embracing faith to be a vital component in their rehabilitation, Deacon Gary Stone said. Deacon Stone, a chaplain to the ex-service community in Brisbane archdiocese and founder of the ministry Veterans Care, made the comment in the lead-up to World Mental Health Day on October 10. Australian Catholic ... Read More »

Vow of mercy

By Peter Bugden DIVORCED Brisbane Catholics seeking Church judgements on their marriages will soon have access to a process that reflects Pope Francis’ own personal intentions. The Pope announced reforms of the Church’s marriage annulment process on September 8, indicating he wanted the process to be quicker, cheaper and much more of a pastoral ministry. The changes are due to ... Read More »

Sisters write special letter of mercy to Pope Francis

By Peter Bugden QUEENSLANDER Sr Berneice Loch has signed a letter of deep gratitude to Pope Francis on behalf of the Sisters of Mercy around the world. Sr Loch, formerly of Rockhampton diocese, signed the letter as president of the Mercy International Association. She is also leader of the Institute of Sisters of Mercy of Australia and Papua New Guinea. The ... Read More »

Living Mater values

By Peter Bugden ANITA Covington was drawn to work at Mater Hospital Brisbane because of its values, now she’s being honoured for the way she lives them. Ms Covington, a social worker and the Healthy Ageing co-ordinator at the hospital, received the 2015 Mercy Week Mission Award at a ceremony on Mercy Day, September 24, which is also the feast ... Read More »

Day for justice

By Peter Bugden BRISBANE Archbishop Mark Coleridge celebrating Social Justice Sunday last weekend repeated his claim that Australia’s asylum-seeker policy is “a moral failure”. Archbishop Coleridge was preaching at a Mass in St Stephen’s Cathedral and picked up on the theme of the Australian Catholic bishops’ 2015 Social Justice Statement – “For Those Who’ve Come Across the Seas: Justice for ... Read More »

Hoping and praying

By Peter Bugden BRISBANE Catholics Edmund and May Jabbour, heartened that their archdiocese is preparing to welcome hundreds of Syrian refugees, are hoping and praying members of their family may be among them. The Jabbours are among the many Syrians in St Clement’s Melkite Catholic Parish, South Brisbane, anxiously waiting for relatives to gain safe passage out of their troubled homelands. ... Read More »

Child protection is everyone’s business

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ARCHBISHOP Mark Coleridge’s key Child Protection Week message was to take time to listen carefully. Preaching the homily at a Child Protection Week ecumenical service at St John’s Cathedral, Brisbane, on September 9, Archbishop Coleridge drew on the week’s national theme: “Be someone who listens to children”. He said the theme went to the heart of the issue. “Sounds simple, ... Read More »

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