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Legal aid staff claims ‘Fast Track’ assessment is putting people at risk

Fast Track assessment claims unfair

QUEENSLAND’S only two clinics offering free legal services for asylum seekers whose claims are being assessed in the Fast Track assessment say the process is unfair for refugees. Salvos Legal Humanitarian Asylum Seeker Clinic and Refugee and Immigration Legal Services are the only legal clinics in Queensland offering free assistance for asylum seekers being processed in the Fast Track cohort. ... Read More »

Ministry that taught Australian Catholics to read the Bible to close

ERDU closing

FINANCIAL burdens have forced the closure of an Australian ministry that spent the past 23 years teaching Catholics how to study Scripture. Evangelisation Resources Down Under, which is a ministry of Our Lady of the Way Parish, Petrie, will close its doors on June 30 owing to rising costs and declining subscriptions. “It’s no secret that rising costs and falling ... Read More »

Darwin-based priest recalls Easter joy in notorious Don Dale youth centre

A CHAPLAIN who ministers to youth inside Darwin’s notorious Don Dale detention centre, has told of his emotional Easter meeting with inmates including washing the boys feet. Missionaries Of God’s Love Father Dan Benedetti washed the feet of about 20 young offenders during an Holy Thursday commemoration of the Last Supper and the washing of the feet. The celebration was ... Read More »

Queensland Catholics look to the hope of Easter hope in the wake of Cyclone Debbie

Proserpine Church

FR Jose Koyickal was looking forward to a special Easter full of hope in Proserpine despite the destruction swathe Cyclone Debbie cut threw his Whitsunday parish. Cyclone Debbie destroyed houses, farm sheds and equipment, and damaged the sugar cane crop around Proserpine. It caused major damage and flash flooding in tourist hotels and businesses in nearby Airlie Beach and Whitsunday ... Read More »

Christian survey reveals ambivalence in Australia

Christian Survey results

ABOUT a half of all Australians believe in God or a higher power, but less than one in five are regularly attending church. According to National Church Life Survey  director Dr Ruth Powell recent figures showed a belief in God and church attendance were declining. “At fifty-nine per cent, the proportion of Australians who say they believe in God or ... Read More »

Fear and Anxiety in Australia explored by ACU panellists

ACU dinner

IS Australia in a time of fear? If so, what are we afraid of and what does this mean for our future? These were the questions posed to four eminent panellists at the Australian Catholic University’s fifth annual stakeholder dinner in Brisbane on March 21. The panellists were Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge, ACU vice-chancellor and president Professor Greg Craven, Catholic ... Read More »

Jesuit Father John Reilly remembered as a dedicated spiritual father, retreat director

Fr John Reilly

AUSTRALIA’S longest-serving Jesuit superior who directed silent retreats for hundreds of priests, religious and lay Catholics, Fr John Reilly, has been remembered as a dedicated spiritual father at his funeral at St Ignatius Church, Toowong today. Fr Reilly, who was the former superior to the Jesuits in Brisbane for 12 years, died peacefully on March 15 aged 88. He leaves ... Read More »

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