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National standards for safeguarding children, vulnerable adults open for comment

Sheree Limbrick

DIOCESES, congregations and parishioners will all be able to have their say about the Catholic Church’s draft national standards to safeguard children and vulnerable adults. Submissions are being sought about the draft standards that can be found on the new Catholic Professional Standards Ltd website launched this week. CPSL chief executive officer Sheree Limbrick said broad consultation around the standards ... Read More »

New eBook will prepare people with dementia for natural disasters

Dementia patients

AUSTRALIANS are warned to prepare for natural disasters. But how do hundreds of thousands of Australians suffering from dementia cope during cyclones, floods and fires? A new guide from Queensland University of Technology’s Dementia Centre for Research Collaboration aims to assist the army of Australians who care for people with dementia, to be ready for the next disaster. Centacare’s dementia ... Read More »

Gonski 2.0: Major changes urged to overhaul education curriculum in Australia

Student in a classroom

THE Catholic education sector has welcomed sweeping changes recommended in the latest Gonski 2.0 report that advocates an overhaul of Australia’s school curriculum over five years. The National Catholic Education Commission said the report reflected many of the strategies identified in Catholic sector submissions including recommendations to ensure a strong foundation for the early years of schooling and a stronger ... Read More »

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

Great Barrier Reef

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 »

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