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Aussie heroes name new van after Catholic schools

Orange Sky Laundry's new van

THE operators of Australia’s growing fleet of orange laundry vans have welcomed a new addition purchased with donations from Brisbane Catholic schools. About 95 Catholic schools in Brisbane raised $81,064 to help founders of Australia’s first mobile laundry service for the homeless set up a new van.  Initiated by the Brisbane Archdiocesan Catholic Primary Principals’ Association, schools sold sweet and savoury treats, ... Read More »

Rising to the challenge

Steph Lalor of Caritas

AMAZINGLY Steph Lalor’s faith was not shredded by her exposure to the devastation and trauma caused by Tropical Cyclone Pam in Vanuatu last month. Quite the opposite, the Caritas Pacific program manager said. The monster cyclone, the strongest ever recorded to make landfall in the South Pacific, was responsible for 11 deaths and the destruction of more than 75,000 homes ... Read More »

Pope opens cardinals’ discussion of Curia reform; new offices explained

Pope Francis and cardinals

THE reform of the Roman Curia should promote “greater harmony” among the Vatican offices, not primarily to save money or promote efficiency, but to solidify the unity of the Church and strengthen its ability to evangelise, Pope Francis said. The Pope arrived in the Vatican’s synod hall a half-hour before the consistory, or meeting of the world’s cardinals, was set ... Read More »

Inspired by Frederic

By Peter Bugden  IF you should have the privilege of meeting young Brisbane woman Cassandra Bull, it might not be too long before she’ll be talking lovingly about Fred. Fred is not her boyfriend but she is in a rather deep and abiding relationship with him. The truth is, he has her heart. “Fred” is Cassandra’s affectionate way of referring ... Read More »

Vatican public restrooms to include showers for the homeless

Vatican homeless

THE archbishop who distributes charity on behalf of Pope Francis has announced that the public restrooms in St Peter’s Square will include showers where the homeless can wash. The service will require volunteers, and donations of soap, towels and clean underwear, the papal almoner Archbishop Konrad Krajewski told Catholic News Service on November 13. “We have to be evangelical, but ... Read More »

Help the poor at breakfast with Betty

By Emilie Ng BEENLEIGH parishioner Betty Graver has high hopes for her next mission trip to India where she plans to put smiles on 65 child orphans’ faces. Ms Graver is planning next year to visit the Blessed Mother Teresa Home for orphans aged three to 14 in Adilabad, India. The home is run by the Missionary Congregation of the Blessed ... Read More »

How to be a ‘poor Church for the poor’

poor

THE Vatican has announced a July meeting to explore how the Church can reach out to the “peripheries” and fulfil its charitable mission. The Foundation “Populorum Progressio” for Latin America will hold its annual meeting at the Vatican from July 10-14. Intended to offer an opportunity for reflection, the meeting will take as a starting point Pope Francis’ directions on the ... Read More »

Vandals, dumpers troubling Vinnies

Rubbish dumped at St Vincent de Paul Society store.

TWO Townsville St Vincent de Paul Society charity bins have been set alight, one fire causing damage to the side of a society-owned building. The society’s Queensland chief executive officer Peter Maher described the vandalism as “despicable” and said it was an ongoing problem in locations throughout the state. “We also get all sorts of things dumped in the bins ... Read More »

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