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Fr Chris Riley unwell, calls for people to reach out via email

Fr Chris Riley

YOUTH Off The Streets founder Fr Chris Riley was reportedly “very unwell” and 2GB Radio personality Ben Fordham called out for listeners to write to him on June 30. Youth Off The Streets chief executive officer Lex Lutherborrow told 2GB that Fr Riley was unwell, both from mental and physical exhaustion. She said he had cared for thousands of young ... Read More »

Two Victorian men die from COVID-19, church doors shut again in Melbourne

MELBOURNE Archbishop Peter Comensoli has directed churches to shut their doors again and has suspended the public celebration of Mass, which had only just recommenced, following COVID-19 outbreaks across parts of Victoria. The directives were for parishes within metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire, which were placed back under stage three restrictions for the next six weeks from July 8. Livestreamed ... Read More »

In May, the equivalent of Darwin’s population stopped looking for a job

AUSTRALIA has lost more than 227,000 jobs between April and May, but less than 40 per cent of those people who lost jobs have become unemployed – the rest are not trying to find employment. To be counted as unemployed, you must be trying to find a job. The participation rate – which measures the labour force and people looking ... Read More »

Porn Free Movement has engaged thousands of people across the world

THE social media campaign Porn Free Movement launched two weeks ago has gained more than 17,000 followers on Facebook and reached more than 130 countries.  Brisbane Catholic Joseph Thorley, who cofounded the campaign and designed the Porn Free Movement logo, said he was in it to help men.  “Last year, I was part of a team who ran a young ... Read More »

Melbourne Catholics caught in surge of new COVID-19 cases, 500,000 now dead globally

MELBOURNE Catholic Vivien Dolar watched with unease as an upswell in COVID-19 community transmission moved through 10 hotspots in Melbourne’s suburbs in the last two weeks, with acquaintances door-knocked for testing and rapid lockdowns on nearby suburbs. Miss Dolar, who was The Catholic Leader’s 2019 Young Leader of the Year, lives only 10 minutes away from some of the hotspot ... Read More »

People ‘glad to be back’ with friends as Centacare reopens their doors

IF you hadn’t heard shouts of “bingo” for a while, you were going to hear them again soon because Centacare centres had started to re-open their doors across south east Queensland last Monday. Greg Wright spent the Monday with Centacare Aspley, one of the six centres to re-open that day, and said he had a great day. “I’m glad to ... Read More »

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