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Disaster zones need your help, not heels and handbags, says new report

Donor junk

UNREQUESTED donations given to Pacific neighbours after disasters may cause more harm than good, a report commissioned by the Australian Red Cross has found. It’s the first research of its kind examining the often-huge financial burden of having to dispose of unwanted goods sent by well-meaning Australians. Fiji received 133 containers and more than 8000 pieces of loose cargo, the ... Read More »

Josephine Sister seeks just outcome on Timor Gap

Josephite Sr Susan Connelly

JOSEPHITE nun and human rights advocate Josephite Sister Susan Connelly has urged Australians to maintain pressure on the Federal Government to negotiate a fair maritime boundary with East Timor. On January 9, Australia and East Timor agreed to begin negotiations on a permanent maritime boundary between the two countries – a significant shift which could potentially end years of dispute ... Read More »

Gold Coast Catholic couple help reopen school for East Timorese children

Timorese kids

CHILDREN in East Timor can head back to their school after it was reopened last week thanks to the tireless efforts of a Gold Coast couple. A team from Brisbane’s Catholic Mission visited the town of Ossu to witness the reopening of the war-ravaged, 450-student St Teresinha College – stage one of a building reconstruction project that is the brainchild ... Read More »

The Brisbane Archbishop you may have never heard about

LITTLE is known about Brisbane’s first archbishop except that he took such a title. In fact, much of Australian Catholic history refers to Archbishop Robert Dunne only in footnotes and references despite more than 50 years of service to the Church in the Great Southland. Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge, in a tribute to Archbishop Dunne on Facebook, recognised him as ... Read More »

Stanthorpe man who turned 100 last year immortalised in larger-than-life mural

Angelo Vialente

FOR a larger-than-life mural to be created in the main street of a resident’s hometown is a rarity and privilege. When Angelo Valiante first viewed his esteemed depiction, just a stone’s throw from Stanthorpe’s main street, the centenarian revealed the humour for which he’s well known. “Now they’ll paint the queen next to me,” his daughters Lina Scalora and Nina ... Read More »

Lismore’s faithful are united in prayer for the ordination of their new bishop next month

Bishop-elect Geoffrey Homeming

LISMORE diocese is united in prayer for its new bishop Carmelite Father Gregory Homeming in the lead-up to his episcopal ordination on February 22. Pope Francis appointed Fr Homeming as the sixth Bishop of Lismore and accepted the resignation of Bishop Geoffrey Jarrett on December 20. Fr Homeming’s episcopal ordination will be held in St Carthage’s Cathedral, Lismore, at 7pm ... Read More »

St Stephen’s Cathedral is wrapped up in art

Cathedral art

LOCAL artists have turned a busy construction site around St Stephen’s Cathedral into a mural on the Catholic social teaching theme of solidarity. Along the left side of the cathedral, local artists helped paint a mural of Brisbane residents welcoming the pregnant Blessed Virgin Mary and her faithful husband in time for Christmas Masses. The art project, co-ordinated by the ... Read More »

Faith-based emergency relief services respond to report calling for LGBTI-friendly environments

Emergency relief teams

  Faith-based organisations say they have “a long tradition of … respectfully” providing emergency relief to people despite some negative claims in a discussion about disaster response. The Federal Government-funded National Gender and Emergency Management Guidelines were developed by Victoria’s Women’s Health Goulburn North East Inc in response to major disasters such as the 2009 Black Saturday bushfires and the ... Read More »