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St Mary’s gets ready to defend its shield title heading into Confraternity Carnival in Bundaberg

ALMOST a thousand Catholic school students from across Queensland will head for Bundaberg this weekend as rugby league’s famous Confraternity Carnival returns home for its 40th staging. “Confro”, as it has become known since its first staging in Bundaberg in 1980, has become a rugby league nursery, with half of this year’s Queensland State of Origin squad graduating from the ... Read More »

Church rolls on with its safety plans aimed at tightening protection and governance

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THE Church is pushing ahead with historic safeguarding measures aimed at tightening protection and governance – in line with recommendations of Australia’s Royal Commission into child sexual abuse. The National Catholic Safeguarding Standards – containing 10 criteria – is the latest tool to be adopted and, according to the presidents of Catholic Religious Australia and the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, ... Read More »

Australia’s Church owes its existence to missionaries and wants to hear their voice

MISSIONARIES – men and women – have always been an important and necessary part of the missionary activity of the Catholic Church in Australia. “Starting with the Irish, there have been many waves of priests and religious coming from other countries to Australia,” the Canberra-based director of the Australian Catholic Migrant and Refugee Office Scalabrinian Father Maurizio Pettena said. Fr ... Read More »

Honoured for the spirit of caring, Mater nurses celebrate awards before International Nurses Day

BRISBANE Mater celebrated 2642 nurses for International Nurses Day on May 10, recognising their world-class care for patients, their families and community. Mater Health chief executive officer Sean Hubbard praised the contribution nurses at South Brisbane, Springfield and Redland made. “Nurses are respectful, patient and possess great problem-solving skills which they demonstrate every shift,” Mr Hubbard said. “Balancing technical expertise ... Read More »

Changes for The Catholic Leader delivery to regional dioceses

The Catholic Leader is preparing for a new distribution model to readers outside of Brisbane archdiocese. From May 25, the paper will no longer be delivered to parishes in Cairns, Toowoomba and Townsville dioceses and to most parts of Rockhampton diocese. It will remain in the Yeppoon, Bundaberg and Rockhampton cathedral parishes and in all parishes of the Brisbane archdiocese. ... Read More »

Vincentian leader Brian Moore remembered as a Christian role model who lived his life for others

FORMER St Vincent de Paul Society Queensland state president Brian Moore, who regularly wrote a column for The Catholic Leader, has died from a long-term illness. A Vinnies member for more than 50 years, Mr Moore held various roles as a Vincentian, including state president, senior vice president of the society’s state council, diocesan president Toowoomba and regional president in ... Read More »

Budget hits hard – government ignores the plight of Australians in need, Vinnies says

THE 2019 Federal Budget continues to ignore Australia’s most disadvantaged citizens, St Vincent de Paul Society national president Claire Victory said.  Ms Victory said the Budget, delivered by Treasurer Josh Frydenberg, failed to address two dominant drivers of poverty and disadvantage in Australia – the soaring costs of basic housing and below-poverty-level income support payments.  “We are disappointed this Budget ... Read More »

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