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Friar who lived in war-torn South Sudan returns to Brisbane after 34 years

HE thought he was waking up to the sound of fireworks. Fr Mario Debattista had been in Juba, the capital of South Sudan, for just one week when he woke to what he thought were early morning fireworks. It took just a few seconds for the Franciscan Friar to realise ... Read More »

Vinnies puts offer on Southport property to open homelessness prevention centre

homeless

SLEEPING inside a car in the chilly Gold Coast winter may not have to be the only option for some when a dedicated centre tackling homelessness opens as early as April. The St Vincent de Paul Society is planning to open a homelessness prevention centre, called the Cornerstone Centre, to ... Read More »

Indooroopilly priest ready to live among the poor in Flores, Indonesia

Fr Neville Yun

PARISH priest Fr Neville Yun is preparing to live with just the clothes on his back when he heads on a mission trip to Indonesia this year. The parish priest at Holy Family Indooroopilly will spend two weeks with the Missionaries of the Poor, a religious order that take an ... Read More »

Bundaberg mum hopeful and positive after undergoing stem cell treatment to cure MS

Fiona Ward

MULTIPLE sclerosis sufferer Fiona Ward has “no regrets” about undergoing an overseas treatment for her disease last March that is not recognised in Australia. The former police officer returned to her Bundaberg home seven months ago following an adult stem-cell treatment for multiple sclerosis in Mexico. The treatment, known as ... Read More »

Gold Coast parish aims to end the cycle of homelessness in the heart of the holiday strip

Fr Tim Harris

HOMELESS people sleeping at a Gold Coast church will be among the first to receive support from a new safe space for people on the streets. Members of the St Vincent de Paul Society’s Surfers Paradise conference have offered to pool together donations from the annual Vinnies CEO Sleepout and ... Read More »

Disaster zones need your help, not heels and handbags, says new report

Donor junk

UNREQUESTED donations given to Pacific neighbours after disasters may cause more harm than good, a report commissioned by the Australian Red Cross has found. It’s the first research of its kind examining the often-huge financial burden of having to dispose of unwanted goods sent by well-meaning Australians. Fiji received 133 ... Read More »

The Brisbane Archbishop you may have never heard about

LITTLE is known about Brisbane’s first archbishop except that he took such a title. In fact, much of Australian Catholic history refers to Archbishop Robert Dunne only in footnotes and references despite more than 50 years of service to the Church in the Great Southland. Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge, in ... Read More »

St Stephen’s Cathedral is wrapped up in art

Cathedral art

LOCAL artists have turned a busy construction site around St Stephen’s Cathedral into a mural on the Catholic social teaching theme of solidarity. Along the left side of the cathedral, local artists helped paint a mural of Brisbane residents welcoming the pregnant Blessed Virgin Mary and her faithful husband in ... Read More »

New Innisfail school principal ready to make history serving Indigenous students

Majella Ritchie

BRISBANE teacher Majella Ritchie never imagined landing a job as a school principal before turning 50. After just one year as a Year 2 and 3 teacher at Radiant Life College, Innisfail, Ms Ritchie was offered the job to lead the school as principal, starting last week. At just 24 ... Read More »

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