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Caritas Australia CEO critical of long-term loan plans for Pacific Island nations

THE head of Church aid agency Caritas Australia says Australia’s strategic pivot towards the Pacific region, including the introduction of long-term loans for new projects, ignores needs and priorities identified by the region’s political and Church leaders. Caritas Australia chief executive officer Paul O’Callaghan said “climate-change financing and local aid are really what Pacific Islanders are calling for”. Mr O’Callaghan ... Read More »

Church members talking with young people and rebuilding faith and hope for the future

THE National Year of Youth has given young Australian Catholics a resounding and much needed voice. On December 3, 2017, Australia’s bishops identified the liturgical year of 2018 as a year of prayerful discernment about the importance and life-giving presence of young people in the local Church and society. The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference’s Office for Youth director Malcolm Hart ... Read More »

Call to close centre as institutionalisation destroys child-parent ties on Nauru

WHILE federal parliament debates a policy proposal to allow for asylum seekers on Nauru to resettle in New Zealand, families stuck in the detention centre continue to fracture from a lack of parental attachment. Psychologist and traumatologist Paul Stevenson, a Brisbane Catholic who spoke with The Catholic Leader in 2016 after he lost his contract working on Nauru for revealing ... Read More »

Debt wiped for Youth Off the Streets, but there’s no guarantee of funding beyond 2019

YOUTH Off The Streets founder and chief executive officer Salesian Father Chris Riley had his controversial $630,000 government debt wiped clean during a meeting with Education Minister Dan Tehan yesterday. The debt – which resulted from an unannounced change to federal government funding – had been used to finance the operation of six schools run by the charity. The Education ... Read More »

Australia says sorry to victims of abuse – ‘I believe you, we believe you, your country believes you’

PRIME Minister Scott Morrison has delivered a sobering apology to the victims and survivors of child sexual abuse. The leaders of Catholic Religious Australia and the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference have welcomed Mr Morrison’s apology and recommitted to working with the community to eliminate the scourge of child sexual abuse. “On behalf of the Catholic bishops and religious leaders of ... Read More »

Encouraging people in remote Australia live longer and healthier lives to prevent national crisis

THERE are grim health predictions for Australia’s ageing population a decade from now, particularly for people living in rural areas where health services are already lagging behind. A report by the Royal Flying Doctor Service estimates the population in 2028 will nudge 30 million and 15.6 per cent more rural Australians will be diagnosed with chronic illness including cancer. There ... Read More »

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