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Caritas Australia CEO critical of long-term loan plans for Pacific Island nations

THE head of Church aid agency Caritas Australia says Australia’s strategic pivot towards the Pacific region, including the introduction of long-term loans for new projects, ignores needs and priorities identified by the region’s political and Church leaders. Caritas Australia chief executive officer Paul O’Callaghan said “climate-change financing and local aid are really what Pacific Islanders are calling for”. Mr O’Callaghan ... Read More »

Church members talking with young people and rebuilding faith and hope for the future

THE National Year of Youth has given young Australian Catholics a resounding and much needed voice. On December 3, 2017, Australia’s bishops identified the liturgical year of 2018 as a year of prayerful discernment about the importance and life-giving presence of young people in the local Church and society. The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference’s Office for Youth director Malcolm Hart ... Read More »

Former atheist Bill Hayden anticipating the joy of his First Holy Communion before Christmas

TWO months after being baptised a Catholic, former governor-general and declared atheist Bill Hayden is eagerly anticipating the joy of his First Holy Communion. “It will be exciting because I have never done it before in my life,” the sharp-witted, but frail 85-year-old said as he considered his new-found faith journey. Speaking from his farm outside Ipswich, Queensland, where he ... Read More »

Lifesaving drugs delivered by drone in Vanuatu to help ease infant mortality rates

ON the Pacific Island nation of Vanuatu nurse Dominic Viratos sometimes treks many hours across Pentecost Island delivering life-saving vaccines to vulnerable children. A slow journey from the island’s Catholic mission hospital in Melsisi through thick jungle often takes him to remote villages where no vehicle can travel. Delivering vaccines by foot means that the tiny hospital, founded by Marist ... Read More »

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