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Award for VET program

ST Columban’s College, Caboolture, has won this year’s national Australian Training Awards – School Pathways to VET Award. It was third time lucky for the college who were finalists in 2012 and 2013. Hosted by the Federal Government, the ATA are the peak national awards for the Vocational Education and Training sector. The awards recognise organisations and individuals for their ... Read More »

Mike’s faith overcomes challenges

By Paul Dobbyn INTERNATIONAL Disability Day on December 3 is a date of great potential in the eyes of West End’s Mike Duggan. Because the 67-year-old born with cerebral palsy, and passionate advocate for the rights of people with a disability, knows “the majority of the world still don’t get it and that so much more needs to be done”. ... Read More »

Musical tradition continues

By Emilie Ng HOSTING music concerts inside Catholic churches could be an accessible form of outreach to religious sceptics, St Mary’s Church, South Brisbane music director Nicholas Ng said. The composer, performer and ethnomusicologist from Griffith University said a recent parish concert last week, which served traditional sacred music ensembles alongside “poppy” hymns, was an enticing way to experience the ... Read More »

Pope calls for more ‘integration’ of divorced Catholics, gays

Pope Francis

POPE Francis said the Catholic Church must consider various ways to integrate the divorced and civilly remarried in the life of the Church – not merely allowing them to receive Communion, but letting them serve as eucharistic ministers and godparents – and to make it easier for Catholic families to accept their homosexual members. The Pope also said he would ... Read More »

Christian, Muslim leaders vow to ‘walk hand in hand’ to promote peace

Christian Muslim dialogue

CATHOLIC, Anglican, Sunni and Shiite leaders vowed to do all they can to combat “ugly and hideous” distortions of religion, and to involve more women – often the first victims of violence – in official inter-religious dialogues. Holding the third Christian-Muslim Summit in Rome on December 2-4, the leaders said that while more and more women were involved in high-level ... Read More »

Preparing for Christmas with the Pope

Pope Francis

By Cindy Wooden, Catholic News Service AS Advent got underway, Pope Francis included in his morning Mass homilies specific graces Catholics should pray for as they prepare for Christmas. In the chapel of his residence on December 2, Pope Francis ended his homily by telling the small congregation, “Let us ask the Lord during this Advent time to draw us ... Read More »

Support our religious

DURING the Year of Consecrated Life, all Catholics are called to thank God for the gifts members of religious orders have given the Church and the world, to join them in prayer and find practical ways to support them and their ministries, Pope Francis said. “Let them know the affection and the warmth which the entire Christian people feels for ... Read More »

Positive cultural change

By Emilie Ng GROWING expectations on young people to make better life choices contributed to “one of the best years” of Schoolies Week, Rosies Schoolies Week co-ordinator Cat Milton said. Ms Milton said the overall “positive” experience felt by Rosies volunteers working at the Schoolies Week safety response area at Surfers Paradise was due to a higher moral standard being ... Read More »

‘Unspeakable atrocities’

THE Church in Australia is celebrating a Day of Solidarity with the Christians of the Middle East today (December 7) as a delegation of Australian bishops prepares to visit the troubled region. The decision on the Day of Solidarity, made at the bishops’ recent plenary meeting in Sydney, follows a request from the Conference of Bishops and Representatives of the ... Read More »

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