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South Coast deanery youth leader chosen for pre-synod meeting in Rome

Stephanie Santos

GOLD Coast youth leader Stephanie Santos wants to tell the world’s bishops that despite a sharp drop in the number of young Catholics at Mass, youth are hungry for the truth. Miss Santos has been invited to attend the Vatican’s pre-synod meeting in Rome next month, along with Melbourne Chaldean woman Angela Markas, who will represent Australia on behalf of ... Read More »

Vinnies, Salvos seeing drop in donations because of popular online marketplace

op shop

LEADING charities have seen a drop in donations because of the rise of online sites where consumers are buying, selling and swapping household goods. Charities including Vinnies and the Salvos find themselves in competition with apps, and selling websites have made it easy to earn fast cash. People now have the option to upload an item online and potentially have ... Read More »

Jesuit priest Fr Frank Brennan impressed by services in Port Macquarie

Fr Frank Brennan in Port Macquarie

CENTACARE staff in Port Macquarie met with the head of Catholic Social Services Australia recently to discuss the impact of the National Disability Insurance Scheme. CSSA chief executive officer Jesuit Father Frank Brennan visited Port Macquarie for the discussions and toured facilities in Port Macquarie and Kempsey. Centacare general manager Tony Davies said part of the reason for Fr Brennan’s ... Read More »

Religious instructors prepare for another year of delivering the message of Christ in Queensland classrooms

Religious Instructor Amy Hollier

AT the Catalyst Church, at Brassall near Ipswich, 106 religious instructors and assistants gather for training to prepare for their 2018 instructing in state schools. Similar training sessions are happening in centres across Queensland as an army of volunteers – from every denomination – take on the task of delivering the message of Jesus in the classroom. “It’s very satisfying, ... Read More »

ABC veteran Sean Dorney tackles life with motor neurone disease

Sean Dorney

ON a recent family trip to Caloundra, acclaimed foreign correspondent Sean Dorney shuffled down the beach to the surf, assisted by his wife and daughter, unable to raise his legs more than a few centimetres above the sand. “If you are walking behind me the tracks look as if a turtle has been scraping through the sand,” Mr Dorney said. ... Read More »

Catholic author to launch first book inspired by abusive history

Michaela Daphne

EMOTIONAL abuse survivor Michaela Daphne has released the first book in a series aimed at showing women “the signs of a bad relationship”. Purlieu is the first instalment of the Hidden Grove series, a fantasy thriller inspired by Ms Daphne’s experience of being in an abusive relationship for 12 months. Ms Daphne was 18 when she started a relationship with ... Read More »

Catholic child protection watchdog appoints well-known Brisbane high school principal to important new role

Kerrie Tuite

A LEADING Queensland school principal has been appointed to a new Catholic child protection watchdog. Dr Kerrie Tuite, principal of Brisbane’s Mount Alvernia College and president of the Association of Catholic Secondary Schools Queensland, will join the board of Catholic Professional Standards Limited – the Church’s new, independent, child protection standards setting, auditing and reporting organisation. The leadership of the ... Read More »

Pro-life advocates say resources need to be invested in palliative care rather than euthanasia

hospital patient

AUSTRALIA should be looking at ways to care for its aging population rather than considering euthanasia, the pro-life organisation Cherish Life Queensland says. “We need to put more resources into palliative care,” Cherish Life president Julie Borger said, reacting to a new drive to legalise voluntary euthanasia in Queensland. The multi-million-dollar estate left by former Brisbane Lord Mayor Clem Jones ... Read More »

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