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First two days of Cardinal Pell’s testimony

Cardinal Pell testifies

CARDINAL George Pell has told the child abuse royal commission the Catholic Church made “enormous mistakes” and “let people down” in its handling of child sexual abuse by priests and religious. Cardinal Pell, whose heart condition prevented him from returning to Australia for questioning, testified via videolink from a Rome hotel room, in front of a group of child sex ... Read More »

Graduation milestone for Timor Leste teachers college

Timor Leste graduation

TIMOR Leste has reached an education milestone with the latest graduation of 46 teachers from a college run by the Marist Brothers Province of Australia.  More than 500 teacher graduates have passed through the Instituto Catolico para a Formacao de Professores, since the college was built soon after Timor Leste (East Timor) gained independence from Indonesia. This is no small feat ... Read More »

Fijian tragedy as mother dies saving nine children from cyclone

Family in mourning

AS Fiji’s clean-up after Cyclone Winston continued with international support, there are painful and tragic stories of the night the storm struck, claiming 42 lives. Cyclone Winston tore through on February 19, with winds of 330km/h devastating the region. The village of Oelekuro, a remote community of 400 in the province of Tailevu, is still reeling from the extensive damage ... Read More »

Catholic education staff say action will protect the next generation

Catholic staff take strike

CATHOLIC education staff member Ian Hughes is worried the next generation of the sector’s educators will not last five years under the present workload and wages. Mr Hughes is a full-time audiovisual technician for Lourdes Hill College, Hawthorne, and one of thousands of teachers who are taking a full-day stoppage today against working conditions in Catholic schools. Mr Hughes has represented hundreds ... Read More »

Victory of people power

REFUGEE supporters in Brisbane have welcomed the government’s decision to move a baby asylum seeker into a  community detention, but will fight the plan to move her offshore. Immigration minister Peter Dutton announced at a press conference last week Baby Asha would be allowed to stay in a Brisbane community detention facility. But Baby Asha, who was born in Australia ... Read More »

Closing the Gap

THE eighth annual Closing the Gap report offered another stark snapshot –indigenous Australians continue to die younger, they are out of work more and are less educated than other Australians. Political, community and Church leaders, agree there are some reasons to be optimistic – infant mortality rates is decreasing and more students finish Year 12, but a continuing failure in ... Read More »

Ex-service chaplain: Australian veterans suicide rate are “tragic”

Soldier on guard

IT’S a shocking, whispered truth about our modern military – far more of our veterans take their own lives after returning home than are killed during overseas operations. In the last few weeks, two more veterans took their own lives – the toll is more than 260 since 1988, compared to 46 listed as fatalities in conflict, according to the ... Read More »

Multi-faith vigil set to storm Heaven with prayers for Baby Asha

Baby Asha

FAITH groups in Brisbane including representatives from the Catholic Church will stand outside a city hospital today to support doctors refusing to release an asylum seeker baby. Members of the Queensland Council of Unions, the Queensland Community Alliance and Christian movement Love Makes A Way organised a multi-faith vigil outside Lady Cilento Hospital for today at 5.30pm in solidarity with ... Read More »

We can help them

Anglican Dean of Brisbane Dr Peter Catt

By Mark Bowling   THE High Court ruling that offshore detention is lawful, has sparked Australia-wide protests and galvanised Church and community support for asylum seekers. In Brisbane, several hundred people rallied outside St John’s Cathedral on February 8, while more than 400 people crowded the entrance to the Department of Immigration offices on February 5 to condemn the Federal ... Read More »

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