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‘That is not the kind of Australia that people of good will would be hoping for’

Begging hands

 By Peter Bugden  ST Vincent de Paul Society leaders believe many of the recommendations of the Federal Government’s Commission of Audit would lead to greater inequality in Australia. The recently released Commission of Audit report recommends spending cuts to a range of government services and payments. Family payments, child care, health care, education, unemployment and pension payments, aged care and ... Read More »

Brisbane women stir hearts in new project

Maeve Heaney

THREE Brisbane women are thrilled to share their stories of life and faith in a new digital storytelling project by the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference for World Communications Day. The digital stories in Stirring Hearts embraces online technologies and social media to “spread our good news stories to the ends of the earth”. The project is a response to Holy Father ... Read More »

Inspirational friend laid to rest

Barry O'Keefe

CHURCH, government and legal community leaders were among those paying tribute to Truth, Justice and Healing Council chair Barry O’Keefe at his funeral in St Mary’s Cathedral, Sydney, on May 2. Mr O’Keefe, a former Commissioner of the NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption, a former chief judge of the commercial division of the NSW Supreme Court, chairman of Interpol’s International ... Read More »

Dig deep for Vinnies’ winter appeal

Homeless man sleeping

THE St Vincent de Paul Society Queensland aims to raise $750,000 through its annual Winter Appeal this year. State president John Forrest, at the launch of the three-month appeal in Brisbane on May 1, said the money was needed to help those who struggled every day. “More than 280,000 people seek assistance from Vinnies each year and we are asking ... Read More »

Brian Harradine remembered as a just man

ARCHBISHOP Julian Porteous of Hobart has likened Brian Harradine to “a rare type of person” described in Scripture – “a just man”. Archbishop Porteous made the comparison in his homily at Mr Harradine’s state funeral at St Mary’s Cathedral, Hobart, on April 22. Mr Harradine, who died on April 14 aged 79, was a staunch Catholic and Australia’s longest-serving independent ... Read More »

Flooding devastates Solomon Islands

By Paul Dobbyn SALESIAN Missions director Brother Michael Lynch has called on Australian Catholics “not to wash their hands of caring for our neighbours the Solomon Islands doing it tough” in the wake of two severe cyclones in the past month. Heavy rain has led to severe flash flooding in the capital and heavy flooding in rural areas of Guadalcanal ... Read More »

Justice issues on G20 radar

Paper stacks

By Paul Dobbyn BRISBANE’S G20 summit of world leaders in November will be used as an opportunity to engage Catholics with social justice issues both in Australia and abroad. The archdiocese’s Catholic Justice and Peace Commission aims to do this by involving parishes throughout the archdiocese in public consultations and online educational resources. CJPC executive officer Peter Arndt said the ... Read More »

Leaders called to be light into Australia’s ‘darkness’

By Emilie Ng CATHOLIC leaders from around Australia will congregate in Melbourne this coming August with the hope “to bring the light of Christ into Australian society”. The John Paul II Australian Leaders Forum, founded by an independent group of lay Catholics, will bring together Catholic lay leaders and religious who inspire Catholic action in the world from August 1 ... Read More »

Eternal rest for faithful Bishop

Bishop Michael Putney

BISHOP Michael Putney of Townsville Diocese died early this morning after his lengthy battle with cancer. He was 67, and entered his 13th year as Bishop of Townsville yesterday. The Townsville Diocese posted the news on their Facebook page this morning. “It is with sadness that we announce that Bishop Michael Putney AM DD died peacefully in the early hours ... Read More »

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