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Catholic Emergency Relief Australia established as a blueprint for disaster response

AS communities recover from the current bushfire crisis, the Catholic Church is setting up a blueprint for how it will respond to future disasters in Australia. It has set up a new collaboration called CERA – Catholic Emergency Relief Australia – to serve as a co-ordination point for Catholic agencies responding to fires, droughts, floods, cyclones and other disasters. The ... Read More »

Charities give assurances on the distribution of donations to bushfire appeals

FIRE-affected communities and members of parliament have taken out their frustration at what they labelled the sluggish pace of funds distributed from charities after months of bushfire appeals. Speaking at a press conference in Bateman’s Bay, State Member for Bega Andrew Constance took aim at the charities for taking too long to distribute the money. “The money is needed now, ... Read More »

PNG Cardinal John Ribat speaks of the gift and challenges of sexuality

A CARDINAL best known for defending Pacific island nations swamped by the impacts of climate change has spoken candidly of another challenge – his own daily commitment to be a priest. “The question really is how do I live my life in relation to the formation but also the sexuality that is deep within us. How do you live that?” ... Read More »

Orange Sky duo named among other Queenslanders on Australia Day honours list

QUEENSLANDERS Nic Marchesi and Lucas Patchett, former Young Australians of the Year who were behind mobile homeless hygiene service Orange Sky Laundry, were among the many Catholics announced in the Australia Day honours list this year. Both Mr Marchesi and Mr Patchett, who first featured in The Catholic Leader in 2014, were named as recipients of the Medal of the ... Read More »

Tributes flow for Aboriginal elder and woman of service Aunty Joan Hendriks

RESPECTED Aboriginal elder and educator Aunty Joan Hendriks is being remembered for a deep commitment to her culture, promoting reconciliation, and as a guiding light in understanding Aboriginal Creation spirituality and Christian faith. The revered Ngugi woman, one of the three clan groups of the Quandamooka people of south-east Queensland’s Moreton Bay, died peacefully on Australia Day. “A heartfelt farewell ... Read More »

Coffee lounge sandwiches will no longer have Marj

MARJORIE Williams was eight years old and, for a bit of fun, was baking a cake for her teddy bear’s birthday in the electric oven her brother had got from his electrical job. It was baking better than the cake she had made for her dolly’s birthday, which had ended up as chook scrap when she threw it out the ... Read More »

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