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Fire, floods and disaster – the call to be good stewards needed more than ever

Fire, floods and disaster – the call to be good stewards needed more than ever

IN the wake of Townsville’s “once in a century” monsoonal deluge, a leading ecologist warns extreme weather linked to climate change has the potential to dramatically shift the way Australians live and work, and force governments to ramp up resources to combat emergencies. “We’re seeing things we haven’t experienced before,” Macquarie University distinguished professor of biology Lesley Hughes said. Prof ... Read More »

Patterns emerging in Plenary Council responses – laity, culture, youth among the hotspots

Patterns emerging in Plenary Council responses – laity, culture, youth among the hotspots

THE Holy Spirit has spoken in 40,000 ways during the Listening and Dialogue phase of the Plenary Council 2020, and analysis of the responses show patterns are emerging.  The Listening and Dialogue phase ends on Ash Wednesday, March 6. National Plenary Council facilitator Lana Turvey-Collins said the community in Brisbane archdiocese responded with “great heart” to the first stage of ... Read More »

Turning dialogue into action – summit about tackling abuse needs to be more than just words

Turning dialogue into action – summit about tackling abuse needs to be more than just words

BRISBANE Archbishop Mark Coleridge has appealed for concerted Church action and cultural change ahead of the summit on clerical sexual abuse Pope Francis has called for February 21-24 for the presidents of bishops’ conferences around the world.  “There will be many words spoken in discussion, in prayer and so on, but if those words don’t give birth to action and ... Read More »

Religious freedom championed by Church delegation to lawmakers, urging holistic re-examination

Religious freedom championed by Church delegation to lawmakers, urging holistic re-examination

BRISBANE Archbishop Mark Coleridge has urged lawmakers to support a broad, holistic re-examination of religious freedom. Archbishop Coleridge, president of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, raised the hot-button issue as he led a five-member Church delegation presenting evidence to a parliamentary committee examining Labor Senator Penny Wong’s private member’s bill dealing with religious schools and their capacity to “discriminate” against ... Read More »

Care options coming home for seniors living at home ahead of aged-care royal commission

Care options coming home for seniors living at home ahead of aged-care royal commission

ON the eve of the aged-care royal commission, the Federal Government announced funding boosts for home-care packages, and for vital building modifications to help seniors stay living independently at home. An additional 5000 level-three and 5000 level-four home-care packages will be allocated by mid-year, providing funding for up to $50,000 of care services per person per year including nursing, home ... Read More »

Aussie pilgrims flying flag of faith on the way into Panama World Youth Day 2019

Aussie pilgrims flying flag of faith on the way into Panama World Youth Day 2019

AUSTRALIAN flags worn as capes, temporarily tattooed on arms and cheeks, and others held high above the crowds marked the entrance of the green-and-gold pilgrims into Panama City for World Youth Day 2019. An estimated 1000 Australian Catholics journeyed in faith to Panama for the five day event held from January 22 to 27. They joined hundreds of thousands of ... Read More »

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