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Papua New Guinea senior priest Fr Giorgio Licini says country’s ‘humanitarian crisis’ is intensifying

A SENIOR priest in Papua New Guinea has turned to Australia seeking compassion for refugees and asylum seekers languishing in our nation’s off-shore detention system. Catholic Bishops Conference of Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands general secretary Fr Giorgio Licini has been in Australia in recent weeks pressing the case for an end to what he calls “a humanitarian crisis”. ... Read More »

Path to freedom – looking back on the terror and hope 20 years after East Timor’s independence vote

IT is 20 years since East Timor, Australia’s neighbour, voted for independence, ending 24 years of often-brutal struggle against ruling Indonesia. East Timor, with its vast Catholic majority, has long been a focus for Australian parishes supporting human rights and justice. Thousands of Australian Catholics have worked, volunteered and donated their energies to support East Timor, where faith, hope and community ... Read More »

Emmanuel Community is on a mission to evangelise, boldly spreading the Gospel in innovative ways

EMMANUEL Community moderator Pat Keady says evangelisation is the Church’s greatest need. “I view evangelisation as the Catholic Church’s greatest need because I was a young person in particular who needed evangelisation,” Mr Keady said. He said growing up and going to university, it was protestant evangelicals that successfully evangelised him. It was only years later he went on “a ... Read More »

Priest visiting from Vatican urges people to discover the humanity of migrants and refugees

SCALABRINIAN Father Fabio Baggio urged people to discover the human face of migrants and refugees. “We are not talking about numbers, we are talking about people,” Fr Baggio said. “The faces of people and stories of people are much more important than the numbers.” Fr Baggio, who leads the Vatican Dicastery for Integral Human Development Migrants and Refugees Section, addressed ... Read More »

Church leaders urge more resourcing to aged care and palliative care at public hearings across state

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A DIRE lack of palliative care services is one of the key issues Queensland Parliament’s aged-care inquiry has heard at public hearings across the state. The inquiry is examining the adequacy of Queensland’s end-of-life care including palliative care, and is looking into support for laws to allow voluntary assisted suicide. Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge will present a submission to the ... Read More »

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