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Massive blaze erupts at Paris’ iconic Notre Dame Cathedral; firefighters battling to save sacred site

CATHOLICS across the world were united in sorrow and prayer after a devastating fire engulfed the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris causing major damage.  Images broadcast around the world showed the French cathedral in flames before collapsing shortly before 8pm local time.  Officials now say that they the main bell towers and historic front of the building have been saved. ... Read More »

Logged off for Lent – Catholics saying no to social media to prepare for Easter find ‘greater peace’

CATHOLICS around Australia have used the liturgical season of Lent to restrict their use of social media applications like Facebook.  The traditional custom of giving up something for Lent is voluntary; but during his 2019 Lenten message Pope Francis urged the faithful to consider it a gift.  “The celebration of the Paschal Triduum of Christ’s passion, death and resurrection, the ... Read More »

Suicide rate among Aboriginal Australians a national disgrace and the costs are mounting

SUICIDES of Aboriginal Australians as young as 11 are placing enormous financial burden on the indigenous community, Murri Ministry co-ordinator Ravina Waldren said. “There are huge costs associated with burying our loved ones,” Ms Waldren said.  “We’re looking at around $9000 every time some of our young people are suiciding, and families are grieving already without having to worry about ... Read More »

Experts helping to battle the negative impacts of social media on vulnerable young people

INCREASING human dignity was key to protecting young children from hypersexual online content, Real Talk managing director Paul Ninnes said. Research by Real Talk demonstrated children as young as 12 had shared nude images of themselves, resulting in those pictures being shared online without their consent.  “I’ve had a parent crying on my shoulder at a parents’ night because their ... Read More »

Federal Budget continues to ignore the plight of the most disadvantaged Australians, Vinnies says

A homeless man sleeps on a bench

THE 2019 Federal Budget continues to ignore Australia’s most disadvantaged citizens, St Vincent de Paul Society national president Claire Victory said.  Ms Victory said the Budget, delivered by Treasurer Josh Frydenberg, failed to address two dominant drivers of poverty and disadvantage in Australia – the soaring costs of basic housing and below-poverty-level income support payments.  “We are disappointed this Budget ... Read More »

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