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Rockhampton bishop speaks out after coral reef pummelled by Cyclone Debbie

Coral reef damage

DAMAGE to the Great Barrier Reef in the wake of Cyclone Debbie has prompted one of Queensland’s bishops to renew a call for greater environmental protection. “Speaking as a former industrial chemist, I note that there has been tremendous damage done to the reef by the run-off of waters and untreated effluent contained by our industries,” Rockhampton Bishop Michael McCarthy said. ... Read More »

Meet the hairdressers aiming to give 1000 free haircuts to the homeless this year

Hairdressers offering cuts for homeless

TWO hairdressers in Brisbane’s north are taking their scissors to the streets, offering free haircuts to the homeless. Working out of a mobile van, Danielle Hannah and Teresa Reed, of Jack Reed Barber Shop, Scarborough, have set themselves a mission of giving 1000 free haircuts by the end of this year. “Fresh hair and a shave can feel like a fresh ... Read More »

Much-loved priest Fr John Newman mourned by Cairns Catholic community

Fr John Newman

THE Cairns Catholic community has mourned the loss of well-known and much-loved priest Fr John Newman. Fr Newman had served the diocese for more than 50 years in priestly ministry. His long standing commitment to his many chaplaincy appointments saw him heavily involved as chaplain to both Calvary and Cairns Base hospitals, director of both Catholic Mission and Vocations, St ... Read More »

Brisbane hospital can now scan your brain in under one second

CT Scanner

MATER Hospital Brisbane has taken delivery of a computed tomography scanner that provides scans in about a third of a second and delivers significantly less radiation. The new scanner takes 0.75 seconds to perform a brain scan compared to two to three minutes with previous machines. This makes a significant difference for patients suffering anxiety or dementia for whom lying ... Read More »

Rockhampton preparing for swamped Easter as floodwaters expected to rise

Rockhampton roads flooded

ROCKHAMPTON’S bishop has praised the “extraordinary” efforts of the community preparing for an Eastertide surrounded by the worst floods since 2011. Bishop Michael McCarthy said early in the week many homes had been evacuated and were expected to be isolated as floodwaters continued to rise in the aftermath of Cyclone Debbie. The Rockhampton airport also closed at midday on Monday ... Read More »

Catholic schools and parishioners seek cover as Cyclone Debbie belts north Queensland

Cyclone Debbie

  UPDATE: 12:00pm Hope alive despite Cyclone Debbie’s destruction NORTH Queensland priest Fr Jose Koyickal drove through the debris strewn streets of Proserpine to visit parishioners this morning. Despite the flooding and the property damage, Fr Koyichal said people in Proserpine remain “hopeful” in the wake of Cyclone Debbie, now a downgraded to a tropical low. “We can rebuild our lives, ... Read More »

Bundaberg farmers thank God for first drops of rain in three months

Carol Wallace at her farm

IN drought-stricken Childers, the Catholic faithful have been praying for rain – and it’s working. Each Monday afternoon for the past five weeks, Carmelites of Mary Immaculate Father Sunny Mathew has joined his parishioners in prayer in the town’s Sacred Heart Church. On March 14, substantial rain fell for the first time in three months – drenching farms and cattle ... Read More »

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