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Easter joy – eight staff members from St Columban’s College answer Jesus’ call to the faith

“BELONGING” is a strong, motivating force for eight teachers and staff from one Brisbane college who will join the Catholic Church this Easter. “I honestly feel that I will be officially one of ‘us’ which to me is awesome,” 37-year-old,  St Columban’s College, Caboolture teacher Paula Pellowe said. Mrs Pellowe is one of the eight soon-to-be Catholics who have completed ... Read More »

Switching genders overnight – intent of Tasmanian law labelled ‘gender madness gone too far’

A NEW Tasmanian law making gender optional on birth certificates still has to pass scrutiny of the state’s lower house and be considered by the state’s independent law reform institute. Amendments to the controversial bill were finalised after three-days of upper house debate concluded on April 4. If passed, Tasmania would become the first Australian jurisdiction with a gender law ... Read More »

Parties get behind green roads and carbon reduction with major push for electric cars

LESS than two years ago, Pope Francis received a new electric car from European vehicle maker Opel, to help the Vatican on its way to become the world’s first “carbon” free country. The gift was made during a conference about Pope Francis’s 2015 ecological encyclical Laudato Si’, that highlights the “intimate relationship between the poor and the fragility of the ... Read More »

Uniting in stewardship – taking care of our common home with the wisdom of religion and tradition

IT’S been proposed that turning to religious and traditional wisdom could help protect planet Earth, after environmental scientists delivered a “dire” report card on the health of the environment. “The science is clear,” UN Environment acting executive director Joyce Msuya said at the fourth United Nations environmental assembly in Nairobi this month. “The health and prosperity of humanity is directly ... Read More »

Early education planning – on-site kindergartens would help take some stress out of family life

THE Queensland Catholic Education Commission has started a push to build 80 kindergartens on school grounds across the state – a project that would cost $80 million. The complete-campus approach would see preschools built onsite at about one third of all Catholic schools. It’s a project being championed by Queensland Catholic Education Commission executive director Dr Lee-Anne Perry, who  said ... Read More »

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