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Shaken but not broken – New Zealand unites in prayer and love after Christchurch tragedy

IN the wake of the Christchurch mosque attacks, New Zealand’s Cardinal John Dew joined thousands of Christians attending prayers in mosques and churches of different denominations – a quiet act of solidarity for inter-religious relations and ecumenism in the face of terror.  “Deep gratitude to the thousands of people who surrounded mosques all over the country and who stopped whatever ... Read More »

Intentional parenting in the way of God, how nine brothers and sisters become ‘the best of friends’

PERHAPS it’s the formula of the absence of a television screen, one stereo in the living room and school-related computer access only. Perhaps it’s the fervent commitment to Catholic traditions and the pursuit of prayerfully following the will of God.  Or it could well be the unwavering dedication to the nine children within their household and the further four entrusted ... Read More »

Christchurch attack highlights the first religious freedom – the freedom to worship safely

IN the wake of the Christchurch mosque attack, Australia’s religious schools, mosques, churches and synagogues are being offered $55 million in extra community grants to boost security. Announcing the grants, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said religious freedom started with the right to worship and meet in safety. “This must be the first freedom we secure, to practise their faith in ... 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 »

Church calling for an increase in minimum wage to support low-income Australians and their families

NEITHER employers nor governments are doing enough to support low-paid Australians, and particularly Australian families, a Catholic Church submission has told the Fair Work Commission. A Church submission contends that the minimum wage of $719.20 per week is “manifestly inadequate” and cannot support working families at a decent standard of living. The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference has called for the ... Read More »

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