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Sunshine Coast community to hold march, candlelight vigil for domestic and family violence survivors

Candlelight vigil

SUNSHINE Coast residents will light up Mooloolaba Beach to send a clear message that domestic and family violence will not be tolerated in the community. Sunshine Coast Council is organising a march from Alexandra Headland today, followed by a candle lighting ceremony at Mooloolaba Beach to remember victims and survivors of domestic and family violence. The event marks national domestic ... Read More »

Mercies and supporters celebrate historic transfer of ministry ‘close to the hearts’ of Queensland Sisters

Mercy transfer

A JOURNEY that began with the arrival of Queensland’s first Sisters of Mercy in 1861 took another historic turn recently. During a special ritual, the Brisbane Congregation of the Sisters of Mercy transferred canonical responsibility for Mercy Community Ltd to Mercy Partners. Mercy Community Ltd has been a ministry of the congregation for many years and incorporates aged care, family ... Read More »

Solomons graduates’ lives to change with ACU achievement

Solomon Islands ACU graduates

OVERCOMING hardship and a strong dose of self-sacrifice has enabled 27 students from Solomon Islands to graduate from Australian Catholic University’s business program. “It is a dream come true. We haven’t expected to come this far,” student spokesman George Tapo, who is the Pacific island nation’s deputy commissioner of Inland Revenue Division, said. The students, each considered leaders in a ... Read More »

Catholic international students exploited by employers full of praise for Australian-first labour hire laws

Fr Nacho and Sergio Duran

LATIN American international students who received food donations from their Catholic community to survive being ruthlessly underpaid by employers have welcomed new mandatory labour hire licencing laws aimed at protecting vulnerable workers. Colombian native Sergio Duran was exploited by at least two cleaning companies since moving to Australia in 2014 for study. He told The Catholic Leader last year that ... Read More »

Activists protest guns in churches on Anzac Day

gun protest

A FATHER and son, members of the Catholic Worker movement, have demonstrated against soldiers carrying rifles in churches during Anzac Day commemorations. Jim Dowling and his son Franz took their action to the steps of St Stephen’s Cathedral in Brisbane last week, where an Anzac Day service honoured the actions of military service men and women. “There are soldiers with ... Read More »

Families pray and recall sacrifice of loved ones killed in war 100 years ago

Val Davidson looks at the honour roll

UNTIL two weeks ago, Val Davidson believed only one place honoured the memory of her uncle who never returned home from the First World War. Charleville-native Private John Joseph Kenny, who is Mrs Davidson’s father’s older brother, died on his first day of battle in Gaza, Egypt, on April 19, 1917. He was only 23. Mrs Davidson had seen his ... Read More »

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