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Easter’s promise – Christ rises above the misery and flood-ravaged land, bringing hope and life

TWO months since Townsville was devastated by floods, and after the television crews, Twitter hash-tags and international news media spotlight passed on, one thousand people were still homeless and thousands more still waiting to rebuild. Townsville Bishop Tim Harris said the aftermath of the floods were still being felt and would be felt for some time yet. Bishop Harris said ... Read More »

Uniting in stewardship – taking care of our common home with the wisdom of religion and tradition

IT’S been proposed that turning to religious and traditional wisdom could help protect planet Earth, after environmental scientists delivered a “dire” report card on the health of the environment. “The science is clear,” UN Environment acting executive director Joyce Msuya said at the fourth United Nations environmental assembly in Nairobi this month. “The health and prosperity of humanity is directly ... Read More »

Living out her charism – Mercy Sister Dolores Donnelly says she loved being a prisoner chaplain

MERCY Sister Dolores Donnelly recently retired after 20 years serving as one of a dedicated team of people who regularly visits the Capricornia Correctional Centre. She was part of the Catholic chaplains, an integral part a multi-denominational team of chaplains who seek to bring caring support to all affected by the destructive cycle of crime. “I really loved doing the ... Read More »

Schoolboys’ act of kindness for Townsville suburb met with hugs and high-fives from locals

ROLLING up their sleeves and braving the mud, 14 schoolboys from a rural Catholic school travelled to the flood-ravaged suburb of Idalia, Townsville, to help out their neighbours. The boys from St Teresa’s College, Abergowrie, received high praise for their initiative. They managed to clear out eight houses and filled up two dump trucks for the kerbside pick-up. College principal ... Read More »

Rural areas of Townsville diocese look ‘like a war zone’ after floods wipe out stock and crops

NO-man’s-land encrusted with cattle carcasses and graziers hovering in helicopters, unable to reach their bogged, starved and diseased animals, tells the tale of heartache felt across the rural areas of Townsville diocese.  An estimated 500,000 cattle perished in the floods, a direct economic loss of about $300 million. Townsville Bishop Tim Harris said he was troubled by the crushing debt ... Read More »

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