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Asylum seekers on Manus Island write letters of hope to their former teacher

Manus Island teacher

REFUGEES in the Manus Island detention facility have written to a former teacher to express their joy after Papua New Guinea officials announced the centre would be closed. Catholic teacher Jacob Rice received “messages of jubilation” from his former students on the island when a Supreme Court ruling declared the immigration detention centre illegal. “I have received messages of jubilation and ... Read More »

Abbott speaks clearly for Catholic view in Brisbane last week

Abbott Catholic view

FORMER prime minister Tony Abbott has urged Catholics to assert the Church’s teachings on traditional marriage in the lead-up to a highly divisive plebiscite. The Federal Member for Warringah made a public plea for Catholics and voting conservatives to make the case for retaining Australia’s definition of marriage even if their views were offensive. Confirming he would not be supporting ... Read More »

Brisbane Catholic Tamsin Jackson was in Ecuador when its worst earthquake struck. This is why she decided to stay.

Tamsin Jackson

TAMSIN Jackson ran for her life when Ecuador’s worst earthquake in decades struck on April 16.  But the young Brisbane Catholic woman has returned to the disaster-stricken coast where she was staying, as a volunteer helping survivors recover their lives. Ms Jackson, 24, had been travelling through South America since November last year, and was visiting the tourist town of ... Read More »

Army of support lands in Fiji to rebuild communities battered by Cyclone Winston

Combat engineers lending helping hand

BRISBANE-based army engineers have returned from cyclone-ravaged Fiji after a crucial role in the humanitarian and recovery effort operation, Fiji Assist. More than 200 engineers from the Australian Army 2nd Combat Engineer Regiment (2CER) have completed a six-week deployment during which they helped rebuild entire, battered communities. According to the regiment’s chaplain Jesuit Father Bryan Pipins, the Fiji mission was ... Read More »

New veterans’ rehabilitation program in Timor to combat “health crisis” and increased suicide rates with spirituality

Timor Awakening

HUNDREDS of Australian veterans are expected to travel to Timor Leste as part of a unique rehabilitation program with spirituality at its core. The 12-month program, called Timor Awakening, is taking aim at a “health crisis” amongst young Australian veterans, who suffer from a frightening suicide rate. RSL Queensland has sponsored the program, which will provide holistic health care for ... Read More »

Why Brisbane’s Lord Mayor is planning to sleep under the Story Bridge in June

Sleepout in Brisbane

LORD Mayor Graham Quirk’s first orders as the returning leader for Brisbane city included a call for all bosses to sleep under the Story Bridge in June. Mr Quirk will “fight homelessness in his sleep” under the iconic bridge for the St Vincent de Paul Society’s annual homelessness fundraiser, CEO Sleepout, on June 23. The newly sworn-in Lord Mayor invited ... Read More »

Too many indigenous Australians in jail, trends show

Indigenous incarceration

ABORIGINAL deaths in custody are in decline, but indigenous Australians remain grossly over represented in jail. There were 339 recommendations handed down by the Royal Commission into Aboriginal deaths in custody in 1991.  And 25 years later, Aboriginal people are still over represented in our prison system, despite many of the recommendations addressing this issue.  Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander prisoners ... Read More »

Parents: Government funding for Catholic schools could help our child with Dyslexia

Helping children with disabilities

PARENTS of a child with dyslexia want the prospect of extra funding for Catholic schools to go towards learning support for their son and others like him rather than lowering fees. Matthew and Eloise Campbell said they had paid thousands of dollars into specialist treatment for their nine-year-old son with dyslexia attending St Joachim’s primary school, Holland Park, because the ... Read More »

Being Marta Von Trapp

Giselle Roe as Marta Von Trapp

HOW does Marta Von Trapp make her big entrance on stage for the world’s favourite musical? With prayer, of course. “Well, we say our lines before we say our prayers, and then we say, ‘Jesus, can you please help us so we get our lines and we can do well and we thank you for us getting into Sound of ... Read More »

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