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Catholic Religious Australia criticises penalty rates cut, says it will hurt the vulnerable

Hospitality workers affected by penalty rates cuts

UNIONS, churches and even some businesses have joined a chorus of concern against the recent decision to reduce weekend penalty rates. While unions are planning an ongoing campaign of industrial action, Catholic Religious Australia is concerned that the Fair Work Commission’s decision will increase inequity and hurt the most vulnerable ... Read More »

Brisbane priest leads prayer for millions facing starvation in native home South Sudan

South Sudan crisis

BRISBANE priest Fr Ladu Yanga is turning to prayer as hundreds of thousands of people in his homeland South Sudan face death by starvation. The United Nations has warned that could be the death toll unless relief workers gain access to needy populations and more relief funding is raised. It ... Read More »

International Women’s Day: How a javelin star-turned-nun is empowering women around the globe

Sr Mel Dwyer with Malawi students

WATCHING young African girls fight gender inequality to become strong career women in one of the world’s poorest countries has shown a former athlete the power of the feminine genius. Canossian Sister Mel Dwyer, a former nationally-ranked javelin thrower who gave up a chance to be at the Sydney 2000 Olympics ... Read More »

‘The people, religious and priests of Lismore will show me my job’, new bishop says

AUSTRALIA’S newest bishop Gregory Homeming has stepped into the role in Lismore diocese concerned not so much with power, but ready for grace in weakness. Addressing the crowd at the end of his ordination and installation as Bishop of Lismore on February 22, Bishop Homeming, a Carmelite friar, said “at ... Read More »

Church agencies condemn pay cut for low-paid workers

CATHOLIC groups have labelled the Fair Work Commission decision to cut the pay of some of Australia’s lowest-paid workers through reductions in penalty rates as “deplorable” and a “sad day” for Australia. St Vincent de Paul Society national council chief executive officer Dr John Falzon (pictured) said the cuts on ... Read More »

Ora’s heart goes out to refugees in war-torn country

BRISBANE teacher Ora Duffley is putting her faith in God as she prepares for a volunteer mission to help refugees in northern Iraq. “I have prayed about this a lot. It’s a bit of a scary thing to go but I really trust in God. Being a single woman, I’m ... Read More »

Jesuits to leave Brisbane’s Toowong parish

Fr Peter Quin

AFTER more than 100 years in the parish, the Jesuits will withdraw from St Ignatius, Toowong, at the end of this year. It’s a decision that has been greeted in the parish by shock, sadness, but also a sense of appreciation for the work of the Jesuits. The decision to ... Read More »

Pyne bills withdrawn after LNP votes to block proposed abortion legislation

PRO-life campaigners are claiming victory after the scrapping of Queensland’s controversial abortion bills. Member for Cairns Rob Pyne withdrew his two private member’s bills, which aimed to legalise abortion, a day before the bills were due to be voted on in Parliament on March 1. “It was a victory for ... Read More »

New Lenten program to help with reflecting, sharing and living the Gospel

MARIST Brother Roger Burke’s enthusiasm for spreading the Good News of Jesus Christ is infectious. In more than 60 years as a Marist Brother he has strived to live the Gospel and has always encouraged others to live out their baptismal call. In Jubilee parish, in Brisbane’s inner west, he ... Read More »

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