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Cairns Catholic school goes to university with funding boost

PLANS are moving ahead in Cairns for the first Catholic school to be built within an Australian university precinct. The Queensland Government has pledged $15 million for the construction of Newman Catholic College within James Cook University’s Smithfield campus, with the new high school due to open in 2022 for Year 7. Stage one of Newman Catholic College will soon ... Read More »

Saving the koala from extinction requires a slow and steady approach, environmental advocate says

A DESPERATELY thirsty koala reaching out to take a drink from a cyclist is one image many Australians will recall from last summer. That particular koala was suffering through prolonged heat wave conditions in South Australia. Koalas fleeing or rescued from catastrophic bushfires featured in other images that went viral at that time when tens of thousands of the animals ... Read More »

This is how different people throughout history dealt with social isolation

IF you are feeling lonely during the pandemic restrictions – you are not alone. Half of all Australians report feeling increasing loneliness at this time. But isolation, social distancing and even wearing a mask in public need not produce negative emotions. A new collection of resources launched by Australian Catholic University explores how thinkers throughout history have dealt with isolation, ... Read More »

Pope will sign new encyclical in Assisi on October 3

POPE Francis will travel to Assisi on October 3 to sign an encyclical on the social, political and economic obligations that flow from a belief that all people are children of God and therefore brothers and sisters to one another. The Holy See press office, confirming the Pope’s trip, said the document will be titled Fratelli Tutti in Italian. In ... Read More »

Queensland bishops urge action on COVID-led social and economic issues as state election looms

QUEENSLAND’S Catholic Bishops have taken an unprecedented step into the political arena ahead of the Queensland election, demanding action on key social and economic issues and delivering a community call to arms to work with “common purpose” to find a way out of the COVID-19 crisis. “As Catholic citizens, we have the opportunity, like all citizens, to participate in the ... Read More »

Brisbane mum to send 100 masks to friend working in Malawi hospital

FRIENDS of a young Catholic woman on mission at a hospital in Malawi that can’t regularly afford to purchase new face masks for its staff are preparing to send over a gift of 100 fabric face masks. Catholic mum and Ignite Youth staff member Nattasha Mierendorf saw a Facebook post written by her friend Danielle Mourits, who is living with ... Read More »

Catholic migrant supporting refugees says Federal Government finally speaking his language

SUNNYBANK parishioner Protais Muhirwa welcomed the Federal Government’s pledge for a billion dollar splash into English language teaching programs but he has warned cash would not solve low success rates for many. Acting Immigration Minister Alan Tudge flagged the changes to the Adult Migrant English Program at the National Press Club on August 28. Mr Tudge said the program already ... Read More »

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