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Brisbane archdiocese reigniting campaign to end domestic and family violence

domestic violence

DOMESTIC violence workers are dealing with a significant increase in distressed women and children, including those involved in high-risk cases, as awareness campaigns continue across south-east Queensland. Centacare, the Catholic Church’s social services arm, has reported increases in the number of women who have reached out for help, matching the observations of police. “This is a problem that is everywhere. ... Read More »

Lowest income earners worse off after Budget, St Vincent de Paul Society says

Budget cash

THE St Vincent de Paul Society has spearheaded the Catholic response to the Federal budget, detailing how people on the lowest incomes will be worse off. “If you’re locked out of a job or in an insecure job, this Budget doesn’t even bring home the two-minute noodles,” St Vincent ‘s National Council chief executive officer Dr John Falzon said. Dr ... Read More »

Archbishop Coleridge elected president of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference

Archbishop Mark Coleridge

BRISBANE Archbishop Mark Coleridge will take inspiration from Pope Francis as he prepares to lead Australia’s Bishops through the humiliation of the sexual abuse crisis and the upcoming historic plenary council. Archbishop Coleridge was today elected president of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, the permanent collegial assembly of the Bishops of Australia. “With few illusions about myself or the task ... Read More »

National standards for safeguarding children, vulnerable adults open for comment

Sheree Limbrick

DIOCESES, congregations and parishioners will all be able to have their say about the Catholic Church’s draft national standards to safeguard children and vulnerable adults. Submissions are being sought about the draft standards that can be found on the new Catholic Professional Standards Ltd website launched this week. CPSL chief executive officer Sheree Limbrick said broad consultation around the standards ... Read More »

New eBook will prepare people with dementia for natural disasters

Dementia patients

AUSTRALIANS are warned to prepare for natural disasters. But how do hundreds of thousands of Australians suffering from dementia cope during cyclones, floods and fires? A new guide from Queensland University of Technology’s Dementia Centre for Research Collaboration aims to assist the army of Australians who care for people with dementia, to be ready for the next disaster. Centacare’s dementia ... Read More »

Townsville Bishop promises to continue and strengthen Church links with Papua New Guinea

Bishop Tim Harris in PNG

BISHOP Tim Harris has pledged to continue to deepen Townsville diocese’s relationship with Port Moresby archdiocese following a recent visit to the Papua New Guinea capital. In 2012, the late Bishop Michael Putney and the Archbishop of Port Moresby signed a significant and unique sister diocese agreement. The agreement allowed for the co-operation between the two dioceses in areas like ... Read More »

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