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$1m donations to Lebanon ‘a drop in the ocean’ for country in crisis

AUSTRALIANS raised more than $1 million for the people of Lebanon in 2020, including more than half a million dollars to an appeal established by the Maronite diocese to support people severely impacted by last year’s deadly explosion in Beirut. Bishop Antoine-Charbel Tarabay, who is the head of the Maronite Catholic Diocese of Australia, launched the Beirut Disaster Relief Appeal ... Read More »

Michaela Daphne’s healing from abuse one book at a time

HEALING from an abusive relationship can include years of therapy or, in Michaela Daphne’s case, lead to publishing two fiction novels. The 31-year-old from Brisbane is the author of Purlieu and the recently launched Verja, the first two books from her Hidden Grove Series. The series follows Evelyn, a young woman who is manipulated by a young man into leaving ... Read More »

“People need to talk” – Church in Fiji focusing on long-term healing of Cyclone Yasa victims

FIRST responders tending to thousands of displaced Fijians in the aftermath of Cyclone Yasa are focusing their efforts on bringing long-term healing to victims of natural disaster trauma. Caritas Fiji executive director Agatha Ferei said the Catholic Church’s response to Cyclone Yasa’s devastation, which has left four people including a three-month old boy dead, included offering victims spaces “to just ... Read More »

Matilda Mary Powick, loved from head to little toe

Damian and Therese Powick with their daughter Matilda Mary Powick

CHRISTMAS presents come in all shapes and sizes but, for Therese and Damian Powick, their precious gift comes with an underdeveloped foot and missing fingers on her right hand. Matilda Mary Powick was born on November 24 with amniotic band syndrome, a rare condition that can cause deformities and sometimes amputate the limbs of a baby while it’s still in ... Read More »

Catholic farming family brings bush businesses to Brisbane

Volunteers and customers at the Buy from the Bush Queensland pop up store in Brisbane

TOOWOOMBA Catholic mum Kerri Brennan and her five children have been sleeping on a shop floor in the weeks leading up to Christmas but it has been for a cause close to their hearts. Mrs Brennan is the founder of Buy From The Bush Queensland, an online community that promotes and encourages people to buy from rural and regional Queensland ... Read More »

Brisbane Courage director warns against conversion therapy bill

BRENDAN Scarce once offered 13 counselling sessions over five months to a man seeking reparative therapy because he felt anxious about being same-sex attracted. Mr Scarce told the man he didn’t do reparative therapy but, as a social worker and the long-time director of Courage, a ministry to Catholics with same-sex attraction, he could offer a listening ear. Since 1998 ... Read More »

Ethics of the investigation into prolific Brisbane sperm donor explained

A CATHOLIC priest who helped write the ethical guidelines on assisted reproductive technology said the actions of a sperm donor being investigated for fathering 23 children were illegal and unethical. Fr Kevin McGovern, who is based in Victoria, was a member of Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) Working Committee that wrote the national ethical guidelines on the use of assisted reproductive ... Read More »

Children’s book on screen time a novel idea for concerned parents

WHEN Brisbane teacher Jesse Hewitt worked in a kindergarten last year, a common issue he heard over and over again from parents was how to wean children off a bad screen obsession. “A lot of parents were coming up to me having this conversation (about screen time) saying it was affecting their children’s behaviour, their sleeping pattern, and of course ... Read More »

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