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Petrie Catholic couple proves even old bottles can make a difference in the lives of poor children

VULNERABLE children in Uganda are benefitting from Queenslanders’ discarded drink bottles and cans. Money raised through recycling the bottles and cans is being directed to the children through a Brisbane Catholic couple’s charity Uganda Kids. Sue and Paul Fyfe have registered their charity with Queensland’s new Containers for Change recycling scheme, and the benefits have started to flow. The Petrie ... Read More »

Abortion ‘used to be a whispered word, today it’s not a whispered word’

WHAT is the leading cause of death in Australia? Cancer killed about 48,000 Australians in 2018, according to the Cancer Council of Australia. Heart disease killed about 43,000 Australians in 2017, according to the Heart Foundation. Road accidents killed about 1200 Australians in 2018, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics. While all these tragedies require attention and compassion, these ... Read More »

Pilgrims encouraged by Pontiff’s words and humble faith to uphold their Catholic identity

IN the heart of Panama City the beautiful Nuestra Senora del Carmen church was packed with young Australians celebrating morning prayer. Just by chance Bishop Michael McKenna of Bathurst, one of several Australian bishops in Panama for World Youth Day, passed the church and agreed to introduce prayers to about 250 visiting youth from Australia. Bishop McKenna’s message was strong ... Read More »

Panama Canal shows what can be achieved when nations work together for common good

DEACON Liam Ryan reckons the Panama Canal is an impressive engineering feat, just as God’s creation of man is a feat of love. “It is just an amazing piece of ingenuity really,” 31-year-old Deacon Ryan said, surveying passenger vessels and giant container ships passing through the canal locks. He visited the canal during last week’s World Youth Day in Panama, ... Read More »

Edmund Rice schools crafting student leaders to be ‘prophets of hope’ for future generations

CHRISTIAN Brothers associated schools from around Australia, and one school from New Zealand, sent their finest leaders to Brisbane for a three-day intensive workshop on student leadership. The conference, run by Edmund Rice Education Australia, brought fifty-four students together at St James, Spring Hill on Wednesday, January 16. The students spent the next two days of the conference at St ... Read More »

New schools up and down the coast are opening their doors for their first year

TWO new Queensland Catholic schools are set to open their doors on Wednesday, January 29. St Joseph’s College, Coomera, and Good Samaritan Catholic College, Bli Bli, will welcome their first students in the coming week. St Joseph’s principal Paul Begg said everything was ready for Wednesday’s start. “The staff start on Monday, but they’re all pretty excited as well, so ... Read More »

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