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Pope Francis rejuvenated hope in Africa, local Kenyans say

Uganda Catholics wait for the Pope

POPE Francis’ visit to three African countries struggling through mass terrorism attacks and security scares brought hope to an often forgotten people, a Brisbane Kenyan said. Peter Kamau of Brisbane’s Jubilee parish kept on top of the Pope’s visit to his birth country, Kenya, during the past week. When he heard Pope Francis tell a journalist he was more afraid ... Read More »

Catholic teacher called to improve lives of indigenous youth

Teacher Majella Ritchie with two indigenous students

MAJELLA Ritchie knew nothing about Australian indigenous culture when she left university two years ago, but in two months she’ll be responsible for a handful of Queensland’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children. The teacher at St Flannan’s primary school, Zillmere, is headed to Innisfail in January to greet 90 indigenous children at Radiant Life College, a Christian school giving ... Read More »

Volunteer says future is safe with our schoolies

Recharge Zone at Schoolies on the Gold Coast

CAMERAS might show boozing and crude behaviour at the Gold Coast’s most infamous party, but volunteer Vacen Taylor knows a different side to Australia’s school leavers. Ms Taylor, who co-ordinates the Schoolies Recharge Zone, manned by Catholic charity Rosies, said the estimated 25,000 young people partying on the Gold Coast were polite, gracious and full of life. She said her ... Read More »

Church agency says poverty will strike more children if Family Tax Benefit changes

Family Tax Benefit changes will cause problems

MANY more children will live in poverty if Federal Parliament approves proposed changes to Family Tax Benefits, Australian Catholic Council for Employment Relations chairman Brian Lawrence says. Mr Lawrence, who was recently presented as a Papal knight for his work in reforming Australia’s minimum wage,  gave the warning on November 19 when he appeared before a Senate Community Affairs Legislation ... Read More »

Catholic MP says Vic Govt wants to “crush Catholic influence” with same-sex adoption

CATHOLIC Liberal politician Bernie Finn suspects backlash against a religious exemption on Victoria’s new same-sex adoption law is an “ongoing war on Christianity”. Same-sex adoption became legal when Upper House passed the legislation on November 12, but with an exemption for faith-based agencies. The exemption is at the heart of a debate between the state’s Liberal-National coalition, which voted in ... Read More »

Catholic awards honour the humble

Winners of The Community Leader Awards 2015

GRANT Richards went from head chef to struggling homeless for 18 months, so he never believed he would be named one of Australia’s most inspiring Catholics. Mr Richards, known on the streets and in his blog as “Grant – Polity Guy”, took out the top award at The Community Leader Awards in Brisbane on November 12 for his work with ... Read More »

France needs to return to God, Brisbane Frenchman says

CHRISTIAN Pradayrol reached for his worn Rosary beads and a telephone the moment he learnt Paris was in desperate need of prayers.  Mr Pradayrol, a Marseille-born Frenchman working for Brisbane-based Catholic charity Rosies, has spent part of each day for most of his life praying a decade of the Rosary for France to turn back to God. On November 13, ... Read More »

Hobart archbishop’s defence moves same-sex marriage advocate

Hobart Archbishop Julian Porteous with press

UPDATED: Tuesday November 17 ARCHBISHOP Julian Porteous’ defence of the Church’s teachings on marriage following a notification that threatened all Australia’s Catholic Bishops to a hearing has moved the initial complainant who last night asked for the matter to be conciliated. The Archbishop of Hobart last week received notification that a complaint raised by Federal Greens candidate and same-sex marriage supporter Martine ... Read More »

Family tax benefit cuts discriminate

Families worse off with tax cuts

FAMILIES with two parents and low incomes will be hit by the Labor’s decision to support Federal Government cuts to Family Tax Benefit Part B. Opposition Leader Bill Shorten said Labor would support the plan, but not for single-parent families or grandparents who were primary carers. “Labor’s been prepared to work with the Government where it was fair and fiscally ... Read More »

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