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New study reveals one in six teenagers have experienced homelessness

THIS week is Homeless Week, and as the chilling westerly winds descend on south east Queensland spare a thought for the young families, teenagers and vulnerable adults out in the cold. On any night, thousands of Queenslanders are couch surfing in someone’s living room, searching for safe refuge, or out on the streets. “Homelessness Week is a time for people ... Read More »

Australian bishops put mental health first as lockdowns magnify unseen battle faced by millions

WITH Australia still gripped by pandemic, “understanding and support” for mental health has been identified as a nationwide priority in the 2020 Australian Catholic Bishops Conference social justice statement. COVID-19 is not only causing physical, social and economic strains, it is also heaping pressure on the mental health of many people in ways that are hard to see. “People experiencing ... Read More »

Nation’s first face-to-face program for veterans in isolation launched in Brisbane

COVID-19 travel restrictions have forced Brisbane archdiocese’s Veteran Care Association to put on hold its successful rehabilitation program, Timor Awakening, in the former conflict zone of East Timor. But rather than drop a program helping to improve the health and wellbeing of hundreds of veteran and their families from across Australia, the association’s leaders have set out on a new ... Read More »

Nearly one in 10 police assigned to coronavirus pandemic response

QUEENSLAND police and frontline authorities are boosting their COVID-19 response, with a warning that the pandemic is far from over. As well as strict border checks, police are out and about ensuring churches, sports clubs and pubs adhere to the latest social distancing restrictions, and more specialist domestic violence workers are being deployed. One in nearly every 10 police will ... Read More »

Redress payouts for abuse survivors fall short of estimates

The National Redress Scheme, running for more than two years, has been plagued by delays with survivors of child sexual abuse reporting poor process and unfair decision making, according to the federal opposition. An estimated 60,000 survivors of institutional abuse are expected to seek redress, but the number of claims made so far is just over 7000. “Government has been ... Read More »

Should Queensland churchgoers wear a mask?

SHOULD Queensland churchgoers consider mask wearing as an extra precaution? While we have generally followed the COVID-19 rules and avoided community clusters through careful social distancing and basic hygiene, should we start wearing masks too, as is now mandatory for Victorians going out in public? Victoria’s Premier Daniel Andrews says mask wearing is “common sense”, “relatively simple” and about “embedding ... Read More »

Brisbane Catholic Education is setting high ecological standards with new schools set to open

CATHOLIC schools in Brisbane are forging ahead with a sustainable futures project producing big energy savings and inspired by Pope Francis’ encyclical, Laudato Si’. “We’ve been able to respond to Pope Francis’ invitation to take swift and globalised action,” Brisbane Catholic Education’s Dr Margaret Lee said. A highly-regarded former principal of Brisbane’s San Sisto College, Dr Lee is now BCE’s ... Read More »

Catholic and Greek Orthodox leaders fear for rising religious tensions over Hagia Sophia mosque

WITH Friday Islamic prayers to be recited in Hagia Sophia for the first time in 85 years, Christian leaders around the world have expressed deep regret at Turkey’s decision to change the status of the famous place of worship. Australian Catholic Bishops Conference president Archbishop Mark Coleridge and the head of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia, Archbishop Makarios expressed ... Read More »

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