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New role for Cardinal Pell

CARDINAL George Pell sees his new appointment as prefect of the Holy See’s new Secretariat for the Economy as an opportunity to support the good works of the Church, “particularly our works with the poor and disadvantaged”. Cardinal Pell’s appointment, the most senior yet for an Australian Catholic religious leader, was announced by Pope Francis on February 24. The appointment ... Read More »

Missionaries of God’s Love celebrate special recognition from the Church

THE Church rejoiced in Canberra on Saturday, February 8, at the inauguration of the Missionaries of God’s Love as a religious institute. The order’s 20 priests and numerous brothers stood before a packed St Christopher’s Cathedral to publicly profess their perpetual vows of poverty, chastity, obedience and mission. A similar number of consecrated brothers renewed their initial vows. It has ... Read More »

Marriage battle

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THE battle to define marriage has resumed with an alert Prime Minister Tony Abbott could soon be pressured in the Federal Coalition party room to allow a conscience vote on the issue. Family Voice Australia has sent out the alert on a flyer headed: “Can you help us win the marriage war?” The flyer spoke of how “a relentless campaign ... Read More »

Abortion grief overwhelming

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AUSTRALIA is “drowning in abortion grief”, according to the founder of Victims of Abortion and author of Redeeming Grief For more than 20 years, Anne Lastman has counselled thousands of post-abortive women who pass through her Victoria-based trauma and counselling practice. In March, she will share about the effects of abortion symptoms, of post-abortion trauma, different behaviours of males and ... Read More »

Religious criticise secrecy

THE Federal Government’s policy of secrecy on issues relating to asylum seekers has come under attack by Catholic Religious Australia leaders. CRA president Sisters of Charity Sister Annette Cunliffe and CRA justice network co-ordinator Sr Suzette Clark said a “pattern of secrecy” had existed on the issue ever since the Federal Government took office. “For example, briefings on the matter ... Read More »

Cherish Life backs bid to create safe havens for babies

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CHERISH Life Queensland has thrown its support behind a Tasmanian senator’s bid to create safe havens for babies abandoned at birth. Tasmanian Labor Senator Helen Polley has been advocating Baby Safe Havens for several years. She renewed her efforts late last year following Tasmanian Coroner Olivia McTaggart’s call for the mother of a new-born baby found deceased in a park ... Read More »

Vinnies alert on welfare

THE Federal Government has been challenged to look at “broadening its revenue base to ensure those at the top actually pay their fair share” as it looks at a review of welfare     payments. The St Vincent de Paul Society’s national council chief executive officer Dr John Falzon said “the Government needs to abandon an ideological fixation with taking from ... Read More »

Caritas hit by government cuts

CARITAS Australia has added its voice to other groups protesting against the Federal Government’s cuts of $650 million from Australia’s official aid program in the 2013-14 financial year. Caritas Australia chief executive officer Paul O’Callaghan said it was “unfortunate such a decision had been made in the first year of our partnership with the new government”. He said the generosity ... Read More »

Cosgrove taking on major role

AUSTRALIAN Catholic University chancellor General Peter Cosgrove has resigned to take up a five-year term as Australia’s next governor general. General Cosgrove starts his appointment, as the Queen’s representative in Australia in March, replacing Quentin Bryce. The former Defence Force chief was appointed ACU chancellor of in November 2010. Pro-Chancellor Edward Excell will take over from the general until a ... Read More »

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