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Lifesaving drugs delivered by drone in Vanuatu to help ease infant mortality rates

ON the Pacific Island nation of Vanuatu nurse Dominic Viratos sometimes treks many hours across Pentecost Island delivering life-saving vaccines to vulnerable children. A slow journey from the island’s Catholic mission hospital in Melsisi through thick jungle often takes him to remote villages where no vehicle can travel. Delivering vaccines by foot means that the tiny hospital, founded by Marist ... Read More »

St Stephen’s Cathedral light and sound spectacular to be a centrepiece of Christmas celebrations

HISTORIC St Stephen’s Cathedral is set to become the new centrepiece of Christmas celebrations in Brisbane, with a free light and sound spectacular each night the last two weeks of Advent. People of all ages are expected to gather on the grassed courtyard outside the cathedral to witness “Lights of Christmas”, a visually exciting multi-media show projected onto St Stephen’s ... Read More »

Wise advice from Vinnies consultant to help people struggling to pay rising energy bills

AS the summer swelter approaches and household power use spikes, energy consultant Anne Armansin has a tip for Queenslanders struggling to pay rising energy bills. “Fans first, not air conditioning,” Anne Armansin, who works in partnership with the St Vincent de Paul Society, said. “And if you are using air conditioning, maintain a temperature no lower than 24 degrees Celsius.” ... Read More »

Haircut and a chat giving Inala Family Support Centre clients new outlook on life

IT’S amazing how a haircut can add a new lease of life. “When people have a haircut, or a colour, they feel great,” Family Support Centre co-ordinator Liza Dykstra said. Last week the St Vincent de Paul Society-run centre at Inala introduced a free hairdressing service and it wasn’t long before the waiting room was filled with eager clients – ... Read More »

Counsellor warns on the growth of post-abortion syndrome after Queensland abortion decision

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AFTER Queensland MPs vote to legalise abortion, a respected Catholic trauma counsellor has used her regular newsletter to warn of the grief and long-term psychological impacts of the life-ending practice. “What has happened to all of us that we have allowed this to happen?” post-abortion grief and sexual abuse counsellor Anne Lastman wrote in her newsletter Broken Branches. Mrs Lastman was ... Read More »

Brisbane Deacon Gary Stone wants married men to help with ministerial shortages

A BRISBANE deacon has called for the Church to consider ending its centuries-old tradition of not allowing married men to become priests. Deacon Gary Stone, a chaplain to the ex-service community, married for 47 years and with four children, says there are simply not enough priests to celebrate the sacraments, and it is time to return to an earlier Church ... Read More »

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