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Australian bishops release Holy See’s response on royal commission recommendations

The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference has provided the Holy See’s observations on 12 recommendations from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse to the Australian Government. The royal commission proposed that the Bishops Conference engage with the Holy See on those recommendations because they relate to universal Church law or practice. Holy See Secretary of State Cardinal ... Read More »

Stuartholme seniors turn hairy year into $22,000 blessing for cancer patients

YEAR 12 students Hayley Bowden and Lucy Baker are planning to leave the worst year of their schooling life on a positive note by shaving their heads for cancer. The vice-captains of Stuartholme School plus another 34 Year 12 students are taking on the Ponytail Project, a movement started by St Margaret’s Anglican Girls School, Ascot, in 2015 when a ... Read More »

Maronites send message of hope to Lebanon as they pray for new church in Brisbane

THOUSANDS of people who lost their homes, their possessions and their loved ones when 2750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate exploded at Beirut’s port will soon receive a message of hope from Queensland. Maronite priest Fr Fadi Salame, who lost a relative and a childhood neighbour in the devastating blast on August 4, filled a truck on September 1 filled with ... Read More »

These are the changes to Jobkeeper at the end of the month

Amid ongoing COVID-19 restrictions and economic woes, JobKeeper payments are to be extended but at a reduced rate, and the Federal Government is to invest more than half a billion dollars to extend Australia’s aged care support. Legislation to extend both the JobKeeper wage subsidy and JobSeeker payments were due to be passed in the Senate this week before the ... Read More »

Fijian teenager urges climate action for Oceania in Brisbane-first virtual event

A TEENAGE climate activist from Fiji spoke with a voice that was eloquent and passionate, in a way that could not be ignored. AnnMary Raduva, a 16-year-old Year 11 student at St Joseph’s Secondary School in Suva, gave an impassioned plea for urgent action on climate change and ecological crises in Oceania. She was sitting with Archbishop Peter Loy Chong ... Read More »

Teachers, nurses and marriage celebrants could save hundreds of women from forced marriages, religious body says

TEACHERS, nurses and other healthcare professionals are among those well placed to save hundreds of young women in Australia in danger of being forced into marriage each year, and resource tools are being launched this week to help them. Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans (ACRATH) is holding a Zoom launch on Thursday (August 27) of a suite of ... Read More »

ACU academic joins call for Medicare change to help protect children’s mental health

LEADING child protection expert Daryl Higgins is backing a call for an urgent change to Medicare rebates to help address mental health issues among children. Professor Higgins, who is director of the Institute of Child Protection Studies at the Australian Catholic University, joined a list of prominent health academics calling for the change. They want Medicare rebates to be changed ... Read More »

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