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John McCarthy QC says Church leads the globe in eradicating slavery with Pope Francis at the helm

THE COVID-19 pandemic gives John McCarthy QC an added dimension to his anti-slavery work but he remains sharply focused on the bigger picture. The chair of Sydney archdiocese’s Anti-Slavery Taskforce and member of the Australian Catholic Anti-Slavery Network, like Pope Francis, wants to see the eradication of slavery globally. Mr McCarthy, Australian Ambassador to the Holy See from 2012 to ... Read More »

Vatican announces Special Laudato Si’ Anniversary Year and it starts this Sunday

THE Vatican has declared a “Special Laudato Si’ Anniversary Year” starting almost immediately, and a seven-year action plan emphasising “ecological conversion”, and safeguarding and care for the earth. “I’m delighted, and it brings great blessings as well,” Brisbane archdiocese’s Catholic Justice and Peace Commission executive officer Peter Arndt said, describing the measures as a visionary step. “It is a great ... Read More »

Volunteers connecting with ‘joy and love’ to those in lockdown

MESSAGES sent “with love” from Prep students at the local Catholic primary school put a smile on the face of several isolated Daisy Hill parishioners, and moved some of them to tears. “Their hearts were touched, as was mine – such a simple gesture bringing such joy and love,” Denise Love, of Brisbane southside’s St Edward the Confessor Parish, said. ... Read More »

Bonds stay strong during isolation at Our Lady of the Valley parish

HELEN McGuirk felt like she was being released from prison when she set off on a special mission for her parish priest. The life-long parishioner at Our Lady of the Valley Parish (Gatton Laidley), in the rural fringe west of Brisbane, had been asked to volunteer for a special outreach to people who, like her, had been self-isolating because of ... Read More »

School principals under extreme stress, including from physical violence, well before pandemic

A HIGH-LEVEL Australian education survey says “we should be nationally ashamed” of steadily increasing rates of offensive behaviour in schools and other frontline professions, as well as domestic violence. “Australia needs to have an adult conversation about the root causes of this behaviour and set about addressing them at every level of society,” the newly-released Australian Principal Occupational Health, Safety ... Read More »

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