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St Laurence’s College shares heartfelt online Anzac service message for students and old boys

A TOUCHING, pre-recorded Anzac Day message has described mission, grace and compassion as equally applicable on the battlefield as during the current COVID-19 pandemic. “In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic perhaps we can draw some strength from our forebears,” St Laurence’s College head of senior school and Army Reserve Major Liam Herbert said. Major Herbert spoke of the Battle ... Read More »

‘Community looks after community’, Kingaroy residents are looking out for each other in tough times

IN Kingaroy, community spirit is running high as Church, care agencies and businesses reach out to help the vulnerable during the pandemic period. “Community looks after community,” Kingaroy Centacare Community Services operations manager John Stevenson said. “We had two (COVID-19) cases here, six weeks ago … people who came from overseas, and they were isolated straight away. So we have ... Read More »

Reprieve for Tamil family, two-year-old daughter ‘not afforded procedural fairness’ in visa application

AFTER a partial victory in the Federal Court a Tamil mother has asked the government to give her family a normal life at home in the Queensland town of Biloela after two “depressing” years in detention. Priya Murugappan, her partner Nades and their Australian-born daughters Kopika, 4, and two-year-old Tharunicaa, remain on Christmas Island and could yet be deported to ... Read More »

Jesus ‘Christ, my hope, is risen,’ Pope Francis says, prays for coronavirus recovery at Easter Mass

POPE Francis has prayed that the political and economic planning for recovery after the COVID-19 pandemic would be inspired by concern for the common good and not for “the god, money.” “Today we pray for government officials, scientists (and) politicians who have begun to study the way out, the post-pandemic, this ‘after’ that already has begun, that they may find ... Read More »

ACU vice-chancellor Greg Craven is to retire early next year after 13 years of leadership

AUSTRALIAN Catholic University’s vice-chancellor Professor Greg Craven – a “strong and respected” Church voice – is to retire early next year after 13 years of leadership. Professor Craven has overseen the transformation of ACU into a leading Australian institution that is now in the top 10 Catholic universities globally. “Professor Craven is always ready to go into battle for what ... Read More »

More than 100,000 people livestreamed Easter Masses from across Brisbane archdiocese

Live-streamed Mass and online presentations are proving an enormous hit as Queenslanders search for a life-affirming message during the COVID-19 lockdown. More than 100,000 people attended virtual Masses over Easter, with live streams from St Stephen’s Cathedral and parishes across the Archdiocese of Brisbane. Parishes reported a surge in Mass numbers, with some Catholics using live streams to return to ... Read More »

Cardinal Pell describes reaction to prosecutors, reporters and police in first television interview

Cardinal George Pell in Andrew Bolt interview

CARDINAL George Pell says he was “so incensed” at prosecutors who handled child sexual assault allegations against him, but holds no ill will towards the complainant in the case that resulted in his 13 months behind bars.  In his first TV interview since release from prison on April 7, Cardinal Pell also accused Victoria Police and the national broadcaster, the ... Read More »

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