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Principals of schools formerly run by Christian Brothers apologise to student victims and survivors of sexual abuse

Apology

PRINCIPALS of Catholic schools have apologised to survivors and victims of sexual abuse inflicted on students at their schools. Edmund Rice Education Australia led a “National Ritual of Apology” for victims of historic abuse at schools run by the Christian Brothers. Those schools include Brisbane’s St Joseph’s Nudgee College; St Laurence’s College; and St James College. EREA has responsibility for ... Read More »

Rockhampton Bishop stands with workers as hundreds face job cuts with Aurizon workshop closure

Bishop Michael McCarthy

ROCKHAMPTON Bishop Michael McCarthy has spoken out in support of hundreds of Aurizon workers told they would lose their jobs with the closure of the city’s railway workshops. “I stand with the workers,” Bishop McCarthy said. “Workers who support families, have bills to pay, support our local businesses and are an integral part of our central Queensland family. “The workers ... Read More »

Brisbane Catholic school parents assured of no major fee increase next year

Australian classroom

BRISBANE Catholic Education has reassured parents they will face “no major increase” in school fees next year. In a letter to parents in 139 schools across the Brisbane archdiocese, executive director Pam Betts wrote: “… next year’s fees will be similar to this year’s, with a projected increase of somewhere around the three per cent mark, in line with the ... Read More »

Passionist living in Brisbane who survived a machete attack and met the Queen talks life as a devoted missionary priest

Fr Paul Mercieca

FR Paul Mercieca has experienced many challenges and adventures during 50 years as a Passionist missionary priest. Quietly spoken and with an infectious sense of humour, Fr Mercieca has survived a machete attack, suffered three bouts of malaria, and has travelled to Buckingham Palace to meet the Queen. Now working in Brisbane as an aged-care priest, he is beloved by ... Read More »

Gold Coast Centacare receives over $1m to help women escaping domestic violence

Domestic violence housing

CENTACARE has received more than a million dollars to operate a mobile support service for women fleeing domestic violence on the Gold Coast, amidst claims that there is an accommodation crisis for survivors. At least 280 Gold Coast women fleeing domestic violence are being forced to stay in motels, which Queensland Opposition domestic violence spokesperson Ros Bates has described as ... Read More »

‘Our people are struggling simply to survive’: Horn of Africa experiencing worst famine since WWII

Overseas help: Caritas Australia chief executive officer Paul O’Callaghan visiting Kitui, Kenya, where he met communities and families impacted by drought. Photo: Caritas Australia. FAMINE in the Horn of Africa is shaping as the biggest humanitarian crisis since the Second World War, an Australian Catholic aid expert says. “It is unnerving when you see the scale of the disaster,” Caritas ... Read More »

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