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Taxi driver who saved 11 people from Moorooka bus fire is a Catholic father

Aguek Nyok

TAXI driver and Catholic father-of-four Aguek Nyok is still coming to grips with being publicly hailed a hero for helping save 11 people caught in a bus fire in Brisbane’s south on October 28. Mr Nyok, who fled from the horrors of war-torn Sudan more than a decade ago as ... Read More »

Brisbane mum Donna Power has committed to feeding Malawi kindergarteners for life

Donna Power and daughter Cara

KINDERGARTENERS in Malawi have been cheating death since a Brisbane mum made a personal commitment to feed them for the rest of her life. Donna Power has been sending donations to feed children in seven Malawi kindergarten centres run by the Canossian Daughters of Charity since 2011. The mother-of-one started a grassroots venture ... Read More »

Brisbane man caring for brothers with mental disabilities says carers desperately need respite

Carers need support

PETER Wilkinson has spent 23 years as a carer, and while he is not one to complain, he does want this message heard – “carers need respite and support too”. Mr Wilkinson, 59, is among an estimated 2.7 million Australians who shoulder an enormous community burden as informal carers, and ... Read More »

Christopher West says ‘Jesus showed up’ in Toowoomba crash survivor at Brisbane fundraiser

Christopher West embraces Tim Coonan

ORGANISERS of a fundraising dinner were not expecting to shed tears when the international guest speaker, Christopher West, stopped his talk to embrace a young man who survived a fatal car crash. Mr West was scheduled to give a one-hour talk on love, sexuality, marriage and the human person on ... Read More »

Social worker says Queensland’s new domestic violence laws are a ‘positive’ step towards stronger families

domestic violence

ALLOWING community agencies to share information about domestic violence cases is a positive step in protecting more women and children from abusive homes, a Brisbane social worker said. Good Samaritan Housing community co-ordinator Joanne Davies said the recent changes to Queensland legislation on domestic violence allowing specialist agencies to share ... Read More »

Veterans’ Care Association is caring for families in crisis

Veterans' Care Association

DEACON Gary Stone and his team from Veterans’ Care Association work around a lounge room table, in a Kelvin Grove house that doubles as an office and a drop-in centre. Deacon Stone is chaplain to the veteran and ex-services community, and since VCA was set up 18 months ago, there’s ... Read More »

Irish community to remember dead members next month

Irish Remembrance Masses

TWO Irish citizens who died tragically in Queensland this year will be among the holy souls remembered by Irish Catholics in the state next month. The Irish Australian Support Association of Queensland lends a helping hand to Irish expats in distress. Oftentimes the Brisbane-based charity steps forward to assist families ... Read More »

Booklet for women in domestic violence revised as new DV laws pass in Queensland

domestic violence

WOMEN looking to escape domestic violence should feel confident about turning to Christian churches for support following the passing of new Queensland laws, Anglican minister Reverend Richard Tutin said.  The Anglican priest of 39 years and general secretary of Queensland Churches Together, which includes membership from the Catholic Church, said ... Read More »

Indigenous culture should be in Australian classrooms, graduating Catholic Torres Strait student says

graduates

INDIGENOUS high school graduate Sahamar Ruben wants Australia’s education curriculum to include studies in Indigenous culture for the sake of non-indigenous students. Miss Ruben, a Torres Strait Islander student from St Peter Claver College, Riverview, said an Indigenous culture class would educate Australians on the rich culture of Aboriginal and ... Read More »

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