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Ethiopian adoptee to raise money for nuns who nursed her as a baby

Mehret and Joanne Lumb

ETHIOPIAN adoptee Mehret Lumb is planning a surprise gift for a group of religious sisters who stepped in to keep her alive when she was just three weeks old. Mehret, who is in Year 8 at Lourdes Hill College, Hawthorne, is hoping to give a religious order in charge of an orphanage in Ethiopia, the Franciscan Sisters of the Heart of ... Read More »

Passionist living in Brisbane who survived a machete attack and met the Queen talks life as a devoted missionary priest

Fr Paul Mercieca

FR Paul Mercieca has experienced many challenges and adventures during 50 years as a Passionist missionary priest. Quietly spoken and with an infectious sense of humour, Fr Mercieca has survived a machete attack, suffered three bouts of malaria, and has travelled to Buckingham Palace to meet the Queen. Now working in Brisbane as an aged-care priest, he is beloved by ... Read More »

Gold Coast Centacare receives over $1m to help women escaping domestic violence

Domestic violence housing

CENTACARE has received more than a million dollars to operate a mobile support service for women fleeing domestic violence on the Gold Coast, amidst claims that there is an accommodation crisis for survivors. At least 280 Gold Coast women fleeing domestic violence are being forced to stay in motels, which Queensland Opposition domestic violence spokesperson Ros Bates has described as ... Read More »

Praying for little Sara: Family of 11-year-old involved in tragic clothesline accident are leaving everything in God’s hands

Mehari family

SARA’S eyes flutter with excitement as another hymn reaches her ears. Her sister Zina is singing the melody, and watches as Sara follows with her eyes to the familiar sounds. The blanket laid over Sara’s body rises with her breath, causing the wooden Rosary beads placed on top to wriggle back and forth. There are other signs of the Catholic ... Read More »

Community leaders propose continuous care model to improve maternity care in Logan

Emma Nelson and Roger Marshall

PREGNANCY is supposed to be a precious time for new mums but, for Logan woman Emma Nelson, it means avoiding hospitals and doctors’ appointments. The 24-year-old mother of two is expecting a third child in August, but a negative experience during her second pregnancy has left her tending to avoid the health system. Diagnosed with gestational diabetes while pregnant with ... Read More »

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