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Catholic education leader urges parents to tackle bullying at home following Dolly Everett’s shock suicide

Dolly Everett

PARENTS sending their children back to school are being warned to spot early signs of bullying and know what steps to take if their child is being targetted online. Online harassment and youth suicide have made headlines this month after it was revealed 14-year-old Amy “Dolly” Everett, the “face” of the Akubra hat ad campaign, was the latest young Australian ... Read More »

Congregation founded by popular confessor seeing major reconciliation growth after Jubilee year

Oratory confessional re-installed

CONFESSORS from Australia’s first Oratory community say an increasing number of people are receiving the sacrament of penance regularly following the Year of Mercy. Oratory Father Andrew Wise said the original second confessional needed to be re-installed at Mary Immaculate Church, Annerley – the home of the Brisbane Oratory – to cope with the number of people lining up for ... Read More »

Immigration decision sparks outpouring from hundreds of supporters for Iranian asylum seeker

Mojgan Shamsalipoor with husband Milad Jafari

IRANIAN asylum seeker Mojgan Shamsalipoor has been granted a further six-month bridging visa allowing her to stay in Australia – but there’s a hitch. Immigration officials have set a new condition on Brisbane-based Ms Shamsalipoor in her long-running battle to avoid deportation – she is not allowed to study. The decision has sparked a bittersweet social media outpouring from hundreds ... Read More »

International association honours niece of Australian devoted to caring for disabled Indian children

Eugenie Pinto and Helen Mahoney

ORDER of Australia recipient Helen Mahoney has been honoured for “tugging on the conscience” of Indians and Australians through her work supporting a rehabilitation centre for children with disabilities. The Indo-Australian Association, based in Chennai, India, has honoured Mrs Mahoney with a meritorious service award for her work with Friends of Mithra, a charity that provides financial support for a ... Read More »

Sophia’s first haircut will be one child’s Christmas gift

Sophie Bennett before her haircut

LIKE most children at Christmas, Sophia Bennett has the biggest smile on her face but not from what’s hiding under the tree. The five-year-old from Augustine Heights is overjoyed knowing that a child who has lost their hair to a medical condition could receive her hair as a Christmas present. Sophia made her first trip to the hairdresser on December ... Read More »

Brisbane’s newest deacon ‘fired up’ for his 58th Christmas

ANDREW O’Brien’s had 57 Christmases in his lifetime, but his 58th will be different – the Holy Spirit is making sure of that. Married and the father of three sons, he was ordained a permanent deacon for Brisbane archdiocese only last month so he and everyone around him are still getting used to that. He’s still the same Andrew but ... Read More »

Man’s best friend is Gracie Garrahy’s companion in battle against mental illness

WHENEVER teenager Gracie Garrahy decides to brave the outside world, her best mate Sebastian is right beside her. Sebastian is an assistance dog receiving training to support his owner, Miss Garrahy, an 18-year-old who is diagnosed with borderline personality disorder and manic depression. “Before I got him, I wouldn’t go out of the house, I wouldn’t interact with other people,” ... Read More »

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