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Caritas hit by government cuts

Caritas hit by government cuts

CARITAS Australia has added its voice to other groups protesting against the Federal Government’s cuts of $650 million from Australia’s official aid program in the 2013-14 financial year. Caritas Australia chief executive officer Paul O’Callaghan said it was “unfortunate such a decision had been made in the first year of our partnership with the new government”. He said the generosity ... Read More »

Cosgrove taking on major role

Cosgrove taking on major role

AUSTRALIAN Catholic University chancellor General Peter Cosgrove has resigned to take up a five-year term as Australia’s next governor general. General Cosgrove starts his appointment, as the Queen’s representative in Australia in March, replacing Quentin Bryce. The former Defence Force chief was appointed ACU chancellor of in November 2010. Pro-Chancellor Edward Excell will take over from the general until a ... Read More »

Bishop challenges ‘fighting’ words on asylum

Bishop challenges ‘fighting’ words on asylum

AUSTRALIAN Catholic Social Justice Council chairman Bishop Christopher Saunders has challenged the Federal Government’s claims of “fighting a war” on asylum seekers. “If it is a war, then it is being fought against wretched and defenceless people,” he said. “We are ignoring the most important issue – the millions of people in our region and around the world who need ... Read More »

Church agency wary about closure of detention centres

Church agency wary about closure of detention centres

THE Federal Government’s decision to close four immigration detention facilities in Australia has drawn mixed reactions from the Australian Catholic Migrant and Refugee Office.ACMRO national director Scalabrinian Father Maurizio Pettenà welcomed the decision, but questioned the fate of those not reaching Australia’s shores for asylum as a result of Government policies. “If these people are not coming to Australia, where ... Read More »

Parliamentary prayer holds broad appeal

Parliamentary prayer holds broad appeal

POLITICIANS calling for an end to the saying of The Lord’s Prayer to open Federal Parliament should realise the prayer has Jewish as well as Christian connections. Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge, a noted scripture scholar, said The Lord’s Prayer was “in fact largely Jewish in its inspiration, concepts and language”. “Therefore it offends neither Jewish nor Muslim sensibility – given ... Read More »

Townsville leader reflects on living a year with cancer

Townsville leader reflects on living a year with cancer

“I AM happy once more to leave my life and work in the diocese, completely in the hands of God. I did that at the beginning of last year and had one of the most amazing years of my life. I am looking forward to what lies ahead, whatever it may be.” Townsville Bishop Michael Putney, with these and other ... Read More »

Prison problems set to hurt the community

Prison problems set to hurt the community

CONSECUTIVE Queensland governments have ignored evidence that the prison system is not working – and the community is at increased risk because of it. That’s the opinion of Catholic Prison Ministry coordinator Dave Martin after many years intensive experience with Queensland’s prison system. “Prisons are purportedly used for punishment, as a deterrent; to protect the community, and to rehabilitate,” he ... Read More »

Major support for Church’s council

Major support for Church’s council

“HUGE support” for the work of the Truth, Justice and Healing Council is coming from lay people within the Church and from religious and parish priests working on the ground. TJHC chief executive officer Francis Sullivan said a year on from the council’s establishment, support from bishops and religious leaders around Australia had never been stronger. “Without the support and ... Read More »

Look on asylum seekers with compassion

Look on asylum seekers with compassion

CATHOLICS have been called upon to look on asylum seekers with compassion and mercy “in the spirit of Christmas”. Australian Catholic Migrant and Refugee Office director Fr Maurizio Pettenà said this year more than 6000 asylum seekers would spend Christmas in immigration detention facilities. Australian Catholic Bishops Delegate for Migrants and Refugees Bishop Gerard Hanna said “while (Government) policy is ... Read More »

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