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Youth Off the Streets leader says young offenders need help

Youth Off the Streets leader says young offenders need help

AUSTRALIA’S youth justice system is under extreme pressure. In the past few months incarcerated juveniles have rioted in Queensland, Western Australia and Victoria, with serious incidents in the Northern Territory. On November 10, up to 20 young offenders at Townsville’s Cleveland Detention Centre went on a night-long rampage that forced prison staff into hiding. Some sustained serious injuries and were ... Read More »

‘Please pray for me’: New bishop belongs to Lismore

‘Please pray for me’: New bishop belongs to Lismore

Bishop Gregory Homeming addressed the congregation at the end of the Mass for his episcopal ordination and installation as the Bishop of Lismore in St Carthageís Cathedral on February 22. This is some of what he said. IN thanking people, I will name very few, because if I name some I will offend others. I have two that I want ... Read More »

New horizons in sight following Royal Commission hearings on the Catholic Church

New horizons in sight following Royal Commission hearings on the Catholic Church

IN the wake of the Catholic Church’s final hearing before the Royal Commission into child sexual abuse, Church leaders from across Australia have held a day of “reflection and conversation” on child safety. The three-week Royal Commission hearing investigated the Church’s response to a crisis of child sexual abuse by members over six decades, and particularly the Church’s plans for child ... Read More »

Catholic advocates say State of the Environment report echoes Papal encyclical Laudato Si’

Catholic advocates say State of the Environment report echoes Papal encyclical Laudato Si’

CATHOLIC environmental advocates say the State of the Environment report recognises the links between climate change and human activity. Sister of Mercy Wendy Flannery, the convener of Climate Frontlines at Friends of the Earth, Brisbane, said the report “echoes Pope Francis’ Laudato Si’ in so many ways”. She said the report acknowledged what Pope Francis eloquently affirmed throughout his encyclical ... Read More »

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

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

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 »

Church agencies condemn pay cut for low-paid workers

Church agencies condemn pay cut for low-paid workers

CATHOLIC groups have labelled the Fair Work Commission decision to cut the pay of some of Australia’s lowest-paid workers through reductions in penalty rates as “deplorable” and a “sad day” for Australia. St Vincent de Paul Society national council chief executive officer Dr John Falzon (pictured) said the cuts on February 23 were an attack on people who already struggled ... Read More »