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New national office for safeguarding to streamline child protection

THE Catholic Church is to set up a new national office for safeguarding to streamline and co-ordinate efforts to protect children. “The Catholic Church in Australia is bringing into a single entity several national agencies working in the area of child protection and safeguarding,” Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge, president of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, said. One of the agencies ... Read More »

Grieving crew consoled by members of Stella Maris mission

BRISBANE’S Stella Maris seafarers mission has provided prayers and pastoral support for a grieving ship’s crew after their captain died suddenly at sea. The cargo carrier Sofrana Tourville 2 docked in Brisbane on June 16, and its 18-member Filipino crew requested the services of a priest after the vessel’s captain’s death en route from Noumea. Members of Centacare’s Stella Maris ... Read More »

Cardinal George Pell’s jail diary to be published, tipped to become a ‘spiritual classic’

A CATHOLIC publisher is seeking donations from supporters of Cardinal George Pell so that it can release his prison diary, describing it as “a spiritual classic”. Catholic publisher Ignatius Press hopes to release the diary in instalments, with the first volume likely to be published in 2021. Ignatius’ editor Jesuit Father Joseph Fessio has sent a letter to email subscribers ... Read More »

Arts students hit hardest by government changes to university fees

A CATHOLIC academic has defended the value of popular arts degrees after the Federal Government announced sweeping changes to high education funding aimed at producing “job-ready graduates”. “It’s a shame to send a message that the humanities aren’t worthwhile in terms of career,” Campion College president Paul Morrissey said, after Federal Education Minister Dan Tehan outlined a new fees structure ... Read More »

Columban Father Warren Kinne reflects on 50 years as a priest and his travels on the road proclaiming Jesus

COLUMBAN Father Warren Kinne remembers fondly his early years as a missionary, zipping between villages on a Honda motorbike. “In the early 70s we would have been some of the first missionaries to seriously get into bikes,” Fr Kinne, celebrating 50 years of priesthood, said. The 74-year-old Columban who grew up in Bundaberg, chuckled as he reflected on his far-flung ... Read More »

Refugee Week shines brightly on Axel with news about his family

THE discovery that his two sisters are alive in Africa means the world to young refugee Axel Dushime. The Year 12 St James College, Spring Hill student recently received confirmation that his sisters – Nadine, 22, and Palfait, 16, survived after his family was separated fleeing to Kenya from war-torn Burundi five years ago. “I believed one day I would ... Read More »

HomeBuilder package misses the mark​ for the poor, Vinnies says

AUSTRALIA’S new $688m HomeBuilder package has been described as “hitting the jackpot” by some potential homeowners, but there are warnings that the initiative has failed low-income families. The package offers a grant of $25,000 to build a new home worth less than $750,000 or to spend between $150,000 and $750,000 renovating an existing home. The scheme is limited to owner-occupiers ... Read More »

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