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Priest who looked after Townsville for three years Fr Mick Lowcock honoured at ordination of new bishop

Fr Mick Lowcock

HOLIDAYS are in order for Townsville’s stand-in leader for the past three years, Mount Isa parish priest Fr Mick Lowcock. In 2014, Fr Lowcock took up the challenge to lead Townsville when he was appointed diocesan administrator following the death of Bishop Michael Putney. His task of providing leadership when the diocese was without a bishop for more than three ... Read More »

The day the music died: Former Ten Tenors singer Nathan Kneen on living with anxiety before The Voice

Nathan Kneen

MUSIC teacher Nathan Kneen has found himself talking more about Delta Goodrem than instructing students after his entire school watched his breathtaking performance on The Voice last week. The 40-year-old trained singer and teacher at St Dympna’s Catholic Primary School, Aspley, took to the stage for the first time in 14 years with a blind audition for Channel 9’s The ... Read More »

Catholic schools are mobilising against new Gonski funding plan

Canberra Catholic school parents at a forum

CATHOLIC schools are mobilising for a major campaign against the Federal Government’s so-called Gonski 2.0 10-year funding plan, which would force them to raise fees, and could result in school closures and pressure parents to shift children to public schools. Federal Education Minister Simon Birmingham unveiled the plan on May 2, but without consulting Catholic school authorities or providing details ... Read More »

Budget 2017: What’s sweet and what’s sour for Catholics across Australia

FAIRNESS, opportunity and security for Australians was the catchphrase in yesterday’s Federal Government budget announcement, but not everyone is convinced.   The Catholic Leader journalist Mark Bowling has analysed the key issues that could concern Catholics around the country and the responses from Australian Catholic agencies and charities. Banks Federal Treasurer Scott Morrison has hit the big five banks with a $6.2 billion tax, ... Read More »

Dorothy Nugent still has a spark for life at 100

100-year-old Dorothy Nugent

DOROTHY Nugent was a child when she decided that people didn’t live to 100. A cheeky, blue-eyed resident at Holy Spirit Carseldine, Dot found out how wrong her young self was when on February 23 this year she had her 100th birthday. “Years ago when I was a kid I used to think, nobody lives to one-hundred,” Dot said. “Well, ... Read More »

Church opens centre for child victims of domestic violence in Papua New Guinea

St Mary's Home for Vulnerable Children will open in Papua New Guinea

A NEW focus on domestic violence in Papua New Guinea has revealed the Church at the forefront of providing for child victims. In a country where Human Rights Watch estimates 70 per cent of women are raped during their lifetime, the Archdiocese of Mt Hagen has built a care centre for vulnerable children, which its Australian designer says could be ... Read More »

Survey shows rental prices are out of reach for people on low incomes

People with low income face stress in the private rental market

IN the run-up to this year’s Federal Budget on May 9, an annual survey shows that rental affordability for low-income owners has reached crisis point. In Queensland, where more people rent than in any other state, the eighth annual rental affordability snapshot released by Anglicare tallies with evidence from the St Vincent de Paul Society that low-income earners and welfare recipients are ... Read More »

‘This is no way for a child to grow up’: Catholic teacher talks of heartbreaking mission in Iraq

Ora Duffley with a child in northern Iraq

BRISBANE Catholic teacher Ora Duffley has returned from a confronting few weeks on mission helping Christian refugees in northern Iraq. Miss Duffley set off before Easter to join the French Catholic mission SOS Chrétiens d’Orient, working hand in hand with local people and parishes on the ground. Even though she was well-read on the ongoing war against ISIS, she said ... Read More »

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