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Tongan Caritas leader says ‘effects of climate change are being felt on a daily basis’

AFTER world leaders gathered in Poland for the United Nations’ annual climate conference, a Catholic advocate in the Pacific has warned of the environmental damage being suffered on her island home. “The effects of climate change are being felt on a daily basis,” Caritas Tonga director Amelia Ma’afu said. Tonga and other countries across the Pacific are among those most ... Read More »

Schools’ energy commitment: It’s not just about power, but ‘caring for the environment’

2018. IT was the year a fully electric vehicle had its first test run on Australian roads – here in Queensland.  And it was the year Brisbane Catholic schools embarked on a pioneering clean-energy project that aims to contribute to a planet-saving “ecological conversion”. “We’ve made a public commitment to living Laudato Si’ … it’s not just about saving power ... Read More »

Archbishop Philip Wilson’s conviction for concealing child sexual abuse quashed

A JUDGE has described how Australia’s mainstream media can exert subtle pressure during court cases, as he quashed the conviction of Archbishop Philip Wilson for covering up child sexual abuse. The former Adelaide Archbishop, on December 6, won a court appeal against his conviction for covering up abuse.  The Newcastle District Court upheld an appeal by Archbishop Wilson, 68, who ... Read More »

Cooking up a fresh start – New bakery offering refugee chef a chance to begin again

By Mark Bowling  A REFUGEE chef from war-torn Syria is working towards a fresh start in Australia by sharing his culinary skills and culture at a new bakery-cafe south of Brisbane. After fleeing Aleppo with his young Catholic family two years ago, George Tabbakh, a third-generation baker, is now making Lebanese bread and Middle Eastern treats in suburban Underwood, with ... Read More »

Nudgee College and Australian media honour top achiever Sean Dorney

ACCLAIMED foreign correspondent Sean Dorney remains firmly in the limelight, picking up two major awards recently despite his daily struggle with motor neurone disease. Diagnosed with the debilitating disease last year and with specialists predicting two years to live, Mr Dorney now finds himself growing weaker, with even simple movements requiring energy-sapping effort. He returned to his old school Brisbane’s ... Read More »

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