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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 »

Brisbane rally shines a light on injustices in Australia with first Nations people

A BRISBANE Catholic indigenous leader has described the Black Lives Matter rallies as “a wonderful experience of humanity”. Cynthia Rowan was among the crowd of up to 30,000 that packed inner city Brisbane on June 6, to protest police brutality against Indigenous Australians and call for justice for those who have died in custody. “We call ourselves Australian and we ... Read More »

Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge pens letter to help with post-pandemic recovery

BRISBANE Archbishop Mark Coleridge has called on Australia’s leaders to put humanity, not the economy, at the heart of planning the nation’s post-pandemic recovery. “Our Australian response can take many different forms, but our priorities need to be clear… the human being must be the focus of any response,” Archbishop Coleridge, who is president of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, ... Read More »

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