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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 »

Military bishop facing charges

Bishop Max Davis

BISHOP Max Davis of Australia’s Catholic Military Ordinariate has stood aside while he defends a charge that he abused a school student in 1969. The ordinariate has released a statement that an allegation had been made that in 1969 Bishop Davis abused a student at St Benedict’s College, in New Norcia, Western Australia, where he was teaching at the time. ... Read More »

ACU vice chancellor to stay in role

By Paul Dobbyn AUSTRALIAN Catholic University vice chancellor Professor Greg Craven’s twice-extended appointment is acknowledgment of the key role his leadership has played in the university’s steady growth. Acting ACU chancellor Edward Exell said the university’s growth had “almost doubled through a careful and measured process that has delivered astonishing results”. “Professor Craven has been central to cultivating a premier ... Read More »

Caritas Australia honoured for Solomons work

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CARITAS Australia’s Solomon Islands country office has won the inaugural Pacific Innovation and Leadership Award for Resilience (PILAR) for helping local communities prepare for natural disasters. The PILAR was awarded to the office at a recent disaster risk management forum in Fiji, and was shared with representatives from two other not-for-profit organisations. Established by the United Nations Office for Disaster ... Read More »

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