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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 »

‘Stranger’ view

By Paul Dobbyn THE “astounding discovery” that at least 50 per cent of Catholics in a recent survey didn’t have an opinion on the issue of asylum seekers and refugees has led to the publication of a pamphlet on the Church’s teaching on the issue. Australian Catholic Migrant and Refugee Office director Scalabrinian Father Maurizio Pettena said the issue had ... Read More »

Caritas helping to change lives

Caritas Australia’s partner, Hope Agency for Relief and Development, is assisting Deng’s family with a food security program. Families like Deng’s can now be confident of a more secure future and can rebuild their lives. For the first 20 years of Deng’s life, he lived with his family in a small agricultural village in South Sudan. In 1983, civil war ... Read More »

Cuts hit the poor

By Paul Dobbyn CARITAS Australia chief executive officer Paul O’Callaghan has called on the Federal Government to reverse its foreign aid cutbacks and live up to Australia’s “fantastic bipartisan tradition as an active contributor beyond our immediate region”. After launching Project Compassion in Brisbane on March 4, Mr O’Callaghan contrasted the generosity of Australians with the Federal Government’s stance. “The ... Read More »

Praying for compassion

By Paul Dobbyn CATHOLICS have been invited to take part in a “National Lament” during Lent for Australia’s treatment of asylum seekers including the recent events on Papua New Guinea’s Manus Island which left a young Iranian man dead. Catholic Religious Australia is holding the National Lament, which will be a campaign of prayer, penance and action in support of ... Read More »

Undertaking a fruitful spiritual journey

This is a Lenten message to the people of Lismore diocese from Bishop Geoffrey Jarrett  POPE Francis was elected to the See of Peter a year ago on March 13, 2013. His inauguration Mass was celebrated in St Peter’s Square six days later, on the feast of St Joseph. In the intervening twelve months we have witnessed the secular media, ... Read More »

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