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The Catholic Leader senior journalist Ray Owen mourned

RAY Owen, who served Brisbane archdiocese for many years as a loyal and dedicated journalist, has died at the age of 81. Mr Owen died at The Wesley Hospital in Brisbane on October 15 after a long illness. He had worked as a senior journalist at The Catholic Leader for more than two decades from 1981, retiring in September 2002. ... Read More »

Almost a third of Australians experience food insecurity in 2020

AN annual Foodbank report reveals a surge in demand at food charities across Australia during the COVID-19 crisis, with young people hardest hit, while casual workers and international students are among the “newly food insecure”. The report released at the start of Poverty Week, shows 65 per cent of Australia’s food-insecure are 18 to 25-year-olds going without food at least ... Read More »

Cairns Catholic school goes to university with funding boost

PLANS are moving ahead in Cairns for the first Catholic school to be built within an Australian university precinct. The Queensland Government has pledged $15 million for the construction of Newman Catholic College within James Cook University’s Smithfield campus, with the new high school due to open in 2022 for Year 7. Stage one of Newman Catholic College will soon ... Read More »

New measures are helping protect people and adjust to unprecedented changes

AS one of Queensland’s largest service providers to people with a disability, Centacare welcomes the increased focus on the wellbeing of people with a disability reflected in the latest measures announced by the Queensland Government to contain the COVID-19 outbreak. For the first time, people with a disability have been explicitly included in measures announced on August 22, along with ... Read More »

Friends separated by border closures turn to Rosary to pray for end to COVID

TWO friends, one in Sydney and one in Melbourne, have initiated a National Rosary Crusade to pray for an end to the COVID-19 pandemic. Michelle Komadina, in Melbourne, and Monica Guy, in Sydney, are inviting Catholics around Australia to pray the Rosary for 54 days, starting on the feast of the Assumption, August 15, and finishing on the feast of ... Read More »

Two cardinals among 80 faith leaders demanding justice for Uyghurs in China

TWO cardinals joined 74 other religious leaders in a written statement that condemned the Chinese government’s treatment of Uyghurs as “one of the most egregious human tragedies since the holocaust”. Jakarta Archbishop Cardinal Ignatius Suharyo and Yangon Archbishop Cardinal Charles Maung Bo called for “prayer, solidarity and action to end these mass atrocities”. Other Catholic leaders like England and Wales ... Read More »

Mater seeking heart-felt gifts for the smallest of patients

MATER Mothers’ Hospital is on the lookout for crafty people with a heart for new-born babies. Anyone who can sew and would like to help mothers and babies in the early days of the little ones’ lives then the Mater would like to hear from you. The simple act of a mother holding her baby whenever she wants is something ... Read More »

Two Queensland minor parties won’t budge on blocking proposed euthanasia laws

TWO of Queensland’s small parties could prevent euthanasia becoming law if a minority government is voted in at the coming state election on October 31. Both One Nation and Katter’s Australian Party say they won’t join moves to legalise voluntary assisted dying for the terminally ill (VAD), because it would distract from the bigger issues of dealing with the impact ... Read More »

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