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Queensland’s Catholic schools focused on family support, not fast-tracking return to school

AMID COVID-19 restrictions being eased across the community, Queensland’s 307 Catholic schools won’t take up a federal government “incentive” to fast-track school funding to restart face-to-face teaching by the end of the month. “We want to focus on supporting the students, supporting our families and ensuring the pandemic has the minimal impact on the wellbeing of students and their learning,” ... Read More »

International student cohort facing daily struggle to buy food and pay rent

The plight of international students is in the spotlight as the government and universities try to prop up an international educational industry that injects about $39 billion into the economy DESPITE a new injection of government funding, advocates for foreign students in Australia say many are isolated and desperate, and have already turned to emergency food and support services to ... Read More »

Un-redacted royal commission report says Cardinal Pell knew of Church abuse in Ballarat, Melbourne

UPDATE CARDINAL George Pell says he is “surprised” by critical findings of the child abuse royal commission, claiming they are “not supported by evidence”. He was surprised by the statements in the report about the earlier transfers of Gerald Ridsdale discussed by the Ballarat Diocesan consultors in 1977 and 1982. “The Consultors who gave evidence on the meetings in 1977 ... Read More »

Seeing your kids grow up is one of the big benefits in working from home

WHAT are the benefits of working from home? Seeing your kids grow up is definitely one of the advantages of working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic, says Catholic father of five, Marco Motta. A data analyst who usually works in a busy office in Brisbane’s CBD, Dr Motta took delight in slipping away from his home desk to supervise ... Read More »

Restrictions must stay in place to ensure safety, a Queensland aged care leader says

A QUEENSLAND aged care advocate has warned that strong COVID-19 restrictions must stay in place for the elderly or “the consequences can be catastrophic” as they have been in the United States and Europe. It’s about balancing prevention, while ensuring the elderly are engaged and connected, according to Marcus Riley, chief executive officer of BallyCara that provides retirement living, residential ... Read More »

When will the ‘physical’ Church resume in Brisbane archdiocese?

IT’S time for short drives and family picnics (from Friday midnight restrictions will be eased), soon there will be a staged return for schools, and our major sporting codes are plotting a course for a return to competition. So when will the Church return to public liturgies? “We’re in regular contact with the Queensland Government about the progress of COVID-19 ... Read More »

David Armour, a Brisbane Catholic turned London paramedic, is on the front lines of COVID-19

A young Brisbane Catholic working as a paramedic on the streets of London has described the grim, dangerous task of collecting sick and dying patients stricken by the coronavirus. “People are very scared and anxious… so they call 999,” 34-year-old David Armour recounted, clearly affected by what he sees during a typical paramedic shift. The Brisbane paramedic and his wife ... Read More »

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 »

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