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Nursing student to advocate for social change in Indigenous communities through scholarship

Kate Gavin in Rome

NURSING student Kate Gavin will honour Indigenous women as she prepares to study in Rome thanks to a scholarship from the Australian Catholic University. The Australian Catholic University student from Brisbane was named the 2018 Francis Xavier Conaci scholarship recipient, which will allow her to study at the institution’s Rome campus. Named after an Aboriginal boy from Australia who left ... Read More »

Bishop Peter Comensoli to right the wrongs of the past as new Archbishop of Melbourne

Bishop Peter Comensoli

MELBOURNE’S Archbishop-elect Peter Comensoli has vowed to “right the grievous wrongs of the past” and rebuild trust following child abuse scandals that have rocked the Church. Pope Francis announced the appointment of Melbourne’s ninth archbishop on June 29, at the same time accepting the resignation of Archbishop Denis Hart, who is retiring after 17 years. The Bishop of Broken Bay ... Read More »

Calls for convicted Archbishop Wilson to resign growing as he appeals court’s decision

Archbishop Philip Wilson

Updated July 5, 2:39pm SOME Australian bishops have added their voice to the growing public debate about whether convicted Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson should resign after receiving an imprisonment sentence for covering up child sexual abuse. Survivors and prominent Australians including the Prime Minister and Opposition leader have called for Wilson to resign. “Although we have no authority to compel ... Read More »

80,000 older Australians have suffered violence by family or carers

elder abuse

COMBATING elder abuse and protecting the rights of older Australians has been given a new priority by governments and banks. Almost 80,000 older Australians have suffered physical violence at the hands of someone known to them and many others have been financially exploited, often by a family member. Federal Attorney-General Christian Porter used World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, on June ... Read More »

Religious peak body elects new president Josephite Sr Monica Cavanagh

Sr Monica Cavanagh

ALLORA native Sr Monica Cavanagh, as the new president of Catholic Religious Australia, will lead religious men and women to be “a prophetic voice”. The Josephite Sister originally from Queensland was elected CRA president during the national body’s 42nd National Assembly on June 20. “It is a great honour to be elected by my peers to the role of president,” ... Read More »

Archbishop Coleridge demands greater accountability of Bishops during visit to Rome

Archbishop Mark Coleridge

BRISBANE Archbishop and Australian Catholic Bishops Conference president Mark Coleridge has used a Vatican visit to publicly demand bishops “be accountable” in changing Church culture that made child abuse possible. “We’re not above the law, we are not a law unto ourselves nor is the Church a law unto herself,” Archbishop Coleridge said following a conference on safeguarding and child ... Read More »

Priest leading national support for refugees, migrants says parishes need to ‘hear their cry’

Fr Maurizio Pettena

FR Maurizio Pettena firmly believes the key to welcoming migrants and refugees into parish life is listening to their stories. “Let’s be attentive to details,” Fr Pettena, director of the Australian Catholic Migrant and Refugee Office said, launching the 104th World Day of Migrants and Refugees to be held on Sunday, August 26. “Hear their cry – where they come ... Read More »

Same-sex marriage story on protest outside a Brisbane church failed to ensure fairness and balance

same sex marriage protesters

THE Australian Press Council has concluded that a News Corp Australia story published during the lead-up to last year’s same-sex marriage vote, failed to ensure fairness and balance in reporting a protest outside a Brisbane church. The story on the news.com.au site on September 8 was headlined “Marriage equality supporters clash with church-goers in Brisbane protest” to describe a protest ... Read More »

Myanmar cardinal praises Australia’s generosity in helping return ‘dignity to our poor youth’

Cardinal Bo

CARDINAL Charles Bo, the Archbishop of Yangon, has praised Australian efforts to support quality teaching and build schools, during an Australian tour arranged by Catholic Mission, whose major Church Appeal in 2018 is raising funds for innovative education programs in his native Myanmar. “The education system has been destroyed over six decades, and so we are trying to keep rebuilding ... Read More »

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