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Christian Brothers reach out to the poor in the Philippines

By Paul Dobbyn THE Christian Brothers have expanded their empowerment of disadvantaged youth in the Philippines with the opening of an Edmund Rice Centre in Kabankalan diocese. The centre, recently opened by the diocese’s Bishop Patricio Buzon, includes three classrooms, office space for wider ministry operations and food provision services to the most needy of children. Christian Brothers Oceania Province ... Read More »

Support for asylum seekers builds


By Paul Dobbyn A “GROUNDSWELL of public concern” about Australia’s treatment of asylum seekers has been discerned by three Brisbane Catholics involved in raising awareness about the issue. The three activists – community engagement co-ordinator at Mercy Community Services’ Romero Centre Rebecca Lim; centre volunteer and teacher at Lourdes Hill College Steve Jorgensen; and community forum organiser Brendan Scarce – ... Read More »

Hopes rise that Nitschke suspension opens eyes

By Paul Dobbyn ANTI-euthanasia activist Paul Russell hopes the suspension of Dr Philip Nitschke from practising medicine may lead to greater public awareness of the pitfalls in allowing euthanasia to be legalised in Australia. Brisbane archdiocese’s Queensland Bioethics Centre director Dr Ray Campbell shared Mr Russell’s opinion. “In a sense, Dr Nitschke is a good example of why it is ... Read More »

Schools mourning Sr Philomene

By Paul Dobbyn THE death of Murgon-born Sacred Heart Sister Philomene Tiernan aboard Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 has impacted on many of her students both past and present including communities at Stuartholme School in Brisbane and Kincoppal-Rose Bay School in Sydney. Sr Tiernan completed her secondary education as a boarder at Stuartholme School, Brisbane, and eventually was a teacher and ... Read More »

At AIDS conference, Catholics worry about reduced funding for programs

CATHOLICS gathered for the 20th International AIDS Conference in Melbourne worry that medical advances against the HIV pandemic are leading to decreased attention and less funding for the struggle against the deadly virus. “AIDS is not a designer charity anymore,” said Maryknoll Father Rick Bauer, a Namibia-based United States missionary who heads the international Catholic HIV and AIDS Network. “People ... Read More »

Terrible loss

By Paul Dobbyn Caritas Internationalis special advisor on HIV/AIDS and Health, Monsignor Robert Vitillo, has been impacted on several levels by the Malaysian Airlines MH17 flight tragedy in the Ukraine. Mons Vitillo, also Caritas Internationalis Head of Delegation to the United Nations, is in Australia to attend two HIV/AIDS conferences being held in Melbourne. The monsignor was about to attend the ... Read More »

Busy time for new bishop

By Paul Dobbyn WILCANNIA-Forbes’ new bishop Columba Macbeth-Green has described his recent episcopal ordination in Parkes as “nerve wracking but absolutely fantastic”. Speaking from Broken Hill several days after his installation in the city’s Sacred Heart Cathedral, Bishop Macbeth-Green said the parishioners and citizens of both locations in his far-flung NSW diocese had given him a “wonderful welcome”. He had ... Read More »

Brisbane Tamil priest mourns countryman

By Paul Dobbyn BRISBANE Dominican Father Pan Jordan travelled to Geelong to concelebrate the funeral Mass of fellow Tamil Leo Seemanpillai. Hundreds of people attended the funeral for Mr Seemanpillai, 29, who died after setting himself on fire as he awaited the outcome of a claim for asylum, held at the St Mary of the Angels Basilica on June 17. ... Read More »

Catholic Religious Australia elect new president

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MERCY Sister Berneice Loch is the new president of Catholic Religious Australia (CRA). She was elected at the 2014 CRA National Assembly in Melbourne from June 23-27. Sr Loch is leader of the Institute of Sisters of Mercy of Australia and Papua New Guinea. She received the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in 2013. Notable among her leadership ... Read More »

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