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Archbishop Coleridge among signatories calling on governments in the Commonwealth to tackle climate change

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AUSTRALIAN bishops joined more than 170 faith leaders from across the Commonwealth calling on governments to turn “words into action” on climate change. Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge, vice-president Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, on behalf of the Australian bishops was one of dozens of signatories of a letter that states “not even the remotest corner of the Commonwealth remains unaffected” by ... Read More »

Internet reunites lost soldier with descendants nearly 100 years after his death in First World War

MATTRESS maker Private Frank Percy Hanlon was waiting in the trenches for his call of duty on a railway line when a mortar shell exploded near him and another soldier. Fellow soldiers wrote eyewitness reports confirming the “rather slim and rather quiet” 20-year-old was killed “instantaneously” on April 23, 1917, around 800 metres away from Bullecourt, France, where days later ... Read More »

Carmelite invited to start NSW monastery awaiting first family hug in six years

Carmelites

GEORGINA Brazier hasn’t held her daughter Elizabeth in more than six years, but “a miracle” could bring the pair together later this year. The Catholic mother-of-eight from the Blue Mountains won’t hold back when her daughter, who goes by the religious name of Sr Mariam of Jesus Crucified, arrives in Australia to start a new Carmelite monastery. “We haven’t hugged ... Read More »

Australian ambassador to the Holy See gives insight into Vatican life during first visit to Queensland seminary

Melissa Hitchman

AUSTRALIA’S first resident woman ambassador to the Holy See Melissa Hitchman has described Pope Francis’ papacy as a “unique moment in history”. “He is willing to dialogue on issues that the Church has previously not been prepared to do,” Ms Hitchman said at the start of a mid-term tour during which she will be speaking with Australian Catholic leaders and ... Read More »

Oceania Bishops called to keep battling hate, ideology during Port Moresby meeting

Bishops meet local Papua New Guineans

HUMAN rights, climate change and environmental protection have topped the agenda as Australian bishops joined more than 70 bishops from across Oceania for meetings in Port Moresby from April 11-18. In a keynote address to the Federation of the Catholic Bishops Conferences of Oceania, held every four years, Holy See secretary of state Cardinal Pietro Parolin challenged the Church to identify ... Read More »

Drought behind region with worst youth unemployment, bush Sister says

Sr Christine Henry

BUSH Sister of Charity Christine Henry believes prolonged drought is one reason outback Queensland has been identified as easily Australia’s worst youth unemployment hotspot. A report by the anti-poverty group The Brotherhood of St Laurence has analysed Australian Bureau of Statistics data to find youth unemployment at its extreme – 67.1 per cent – in a thinly populated but vast ... Read More »

Yeppoon couple to lead Australian pilgrimage to World Meeting of Families conference in Dublin

Mark and TInk Boyd

A QUEENSLAND couple with seven children will lead the official Australian pilgrimage to the ninth World Meeting of Families conference in Dublin in August. Mark and Tink Boyd, from Yeppoon, first attended a World Meeting of Families conference in Mexico City in 2009 after an invitation from then Rockhampton Bishop Brian Heenan. “It just opened our eyes to the evangelising ... Read More »

Young people want their violent fathers to make amends, new study finds

abusive fathers

CHILDREN of fathers who use violence want their dads to understand the significant impact that it has on their lives. A new study by a University of Melbourne researcher Dr Katie Lamb has led to children recording their stories, so they can be replayed to their fathers to get the message through. Dr Lamb (pictured), a criminologist and now a ... Read More »

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