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Albany Creek set for its biggest fair

By Emilie Ng LOVE for the Albany Creek Catholic community keeps parishioner Greg Adams coming back to convene the annual Albany Fair, which this year turns 25. Mr Adams’ ongoing commitment over the past five years was a response to the generosity shown by the parish and school community after he had organised his first fair. “I ran my first ... Read More »

Minister thanks volunteers

By Paul Dobbyn HOUSING and Public Works Minister Tim Mander visited a St Vincent de Paul Society support centre in Brisbane as part of his efforts to pay tribute to thousands of volunteers who support Queensland’s homeless each year. Mr Mander, marking National Volunteers Week (May 12-14), thanked the volunteers for their efforts in helping the state’s most vulnerable. During ... Read More »

Heather taking heart in the signs of God’s grace

By Peter Bugden A BRITISH TV comedy series once had an episode in which one of the main characters swallowed “The Little Book of Calm” and was taken over by a calmness obvious to all, no matter what the circumstance. The calm character worked in a book store, just as Brisbane Catholic Heather Joseph, calm by nature, does. Hers is ... Read More »

Pope in Holy Land

POPE Francis’ visit to the Holy Land will be brief, intense and secure, Holy See press office director Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi said at a press briefing. He shared with reporters details of the Pope’s itinerary and confirmed that in the afternoon of Sunday, May 25, the Holy Father would meet Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew in Bethlehem. “It will be a private ... Read More »

Budget rings alarm bells

Reading glasses on pile of paper

By Paul Dobbyn DUTTON Park pensioner Mick Sullivan has criticised the latest Federal Budget as “one of the most disappointing” he’s seen. “What disappoints me most is that it was put together by three well known Catholics – (Prime Minister) Tony Abbott, (Treasurer) Joe Hockey, (Finance Minister) Mathias Cormann,” Mr Sullivan, 74, said. “They don’t seem to have taken any ... Read More »

Double celebration shared

By Paul Dobbyn BRISBANE Archbishop Mark Coleridge gave a personal insight into the “mystery” of his priestly vocation in a homily delivered at a Mass in St Stephen’s Cathedral to celebrate his 40th year in the priesthood. “I went to the seminary because I felt called,” he told the congregation gathered in the cathedral on May 17. “Forty-plus years later, ... Read More »

Budget dismay

By Paul Dobbyn THE 2014-15 Federal Budget’s widespread cuts to welfare, health, education and foreign aid have drawn sharp criticism from Catholic agencies. The cuts include changes to family benefits, resuming fuel excise increases, a $7 health care co-payment for GP visits and an estimated $7.6 billion decrease in foreign aid funding over the next five years. Federal Treasurer Joe ... Read More »

Bishop condemns the Manus solution as lacking moral worth

prisoner's hands through fence

By Peter Bugden THE scarred face of a man he met in the Curtin Immigration Detention Centre, in Western Australia, is one Bishop Christopher Saunders will never forget. The image of that man came back to Bishop Saunders on the day (May 8) the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference issued a statement calling for the end of the “institutionalised cruelty” of ... Read More »

‘People deserve a fair go’

caritas

  CARITAS Australia acting chief executive officer and international programs manager Jamie Davies as a trained economist understands the need for “fiscal restraint” driving the Federal Budget. But she believes the cutting of nearly $8 billion from Australia’s foreign aid funding in the next five years is a “disproportionate burden”. “Foreign aid cuts represent about 20 per cent of savings ... Read More »

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