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Centacare Cairns director Anita Vetivers named one of Queensland’s most influential women in community services

Anita Veivers

COMMUNITY services sector expert Anita Veivers has put Cairns on the map after being named one of Queensland’s most influential women in the field. The Centacare Cairns executive director is one of five Queensland women leading the community services industry who will be profiled in a blog with the Community Services Industry Alliance. She is one of two people working ... Read More »

Two men charged over Toowong cemetery Cross of Sacrifice damage

Cross of Sacrifice

ON Ash Wednesday, a radical group of Brisbane Christian activists took extraordinary action. Members of the Catholic Worker movement allegedly attacked the Cross of Sacrifice, which has stood in Brisbane’s Toowong Cemetery since 1924. The word “allegedly” is used to describe their actions, however the men willingly admit what they did; in fact they shot photos and video and even ... Read More »

Catholic Religious Australia criticises penalty rates cut, says it will hurt the vulnerable

Hospitality workers affected by penalty rates cuts

UNIONS, churches and even some businesses have joined a chorus of concern against the recent decision to reduce weekend penalty rates. While unions are planning an ongoing campaign of industrial action, Catholic Religious Australia is concerned that the Fair Work Commission’s decision will increase inequity and hurt the most vulnerable people – the young, women and students. “As politicians claim ... Read More »

Eucharist defines the Roe family

THERE’S no doubting what the Roe family will prioritise this weekend. Parents Daniel and Kristen said faith expression was “normalised” in their home and weekly Mass attendance “has never been an issue”. “I often find myself saying to other Christian friends that one of the perks of being Catholic is that we have so many choices when it comes to ... Read More »

Macbooks, monks and martyrs – the blogging Benedictine priest

“THERE are Benedictines, and then there are Benedictines.” Fr Hugh Somerville-Knapman believes he is the latter. “The English Benedictines are probably not known as being the most austere Benedictines and that, indeed, other monks have a nasty joke that EBC (English Benedictine Congregation) means Every Bodily Comfort,” Fr Hugh said. It’s only mostly true, since Fr Hugh is talking to ... Read More »

Learning to lament this Lenten season

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This is Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge’s Lenten message ON Ash Wednesday we heard the prophet’s words: “Come back to me with all your heart, fasting, weeping, mourning” (Joel 2:12) – words which echo one of the key themes of Scripture, the theme of lament. Ancient Israel had to make sense of the blood, sweat and tears that so often marked ... Read More »

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