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Climate scientists say horror fire seasons set to become the Australian norm

CLIMATE scientists have told the bushfire royal commission that tinderbox conditions that allowed the catastrophic 2019-20 fire season are set to become the Australian norm. The Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements, chaired by retired Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin, started two-weeks of hearings in Canberra on May 25 examining the Black Summer bushfires that killed 33 people, destroyed ... Read More »

Study shows increase in prayer, religious fervour amid pandemic in Italy

THE uncertainty and restrictive measures in place due to the coronavirus pandemic caused an increase in prayers and religious fervour in Italy, a recent study said. The study, which was released on May 22, was conducted by the State University of Milan, to “daily monitor public opinion during the COVID-19 emergency” and the impact it “has had on the religiosity ... Read More »

Governor-General and wife speak to Lourdes Hill trail-blazers in virtual Q&A session

LOURDES Hill College student leaders jumped at the chance to sit down with Governor-General David Hurley and his wife Linda Hurley for a COVID-19 virtual question and answer session. College captains Katie and Samara and middle school leader Grace asked questions focused on leadership and sustainability. Mr and Mrs Hurley had sage advice on personal questions too. Grace asked the ... Read More »

Isolated communities still months away from Mass celebrations

ISOLATION. It’s almost three months since a priest has visited the Catholic faithful of Coen, a remote indigenous community in far north Queensland. Usually in the first week of each month, Augustinian Fr Robert Greenup packs his swag and drives 500km to Coen, along the partly-dirt Peninsula Developmental Road, that stretches deep into the Cape York Peninsula. His travel companion ... Read More »

Boosting at-home palliative care services could save Australia $450 million, new report shows

A NEW report calls for an overhaul of the palliative care system in Australia, revealing it could save $450 million by boosting funding for at-home end-of-life services. Seen in the light of Australia’s end-of-life debate, the KPMG report bolsters the Catholic Church case that state governments should fix the existing health system, not consider legislation to allow voluntary assisted dying. ... Read More »

Language lessons at St Rita’s College take up international advice on new teaching strategies in pandemic

LANGUAGE students at a Brisbane’s St Rita’s College are benefiting from a variety of new teaching strategies shared by teachers from across the globe during the COVID-19 lockdown. The college’s Japanese teacher Chani-Alia Murtagh said she had been following language teachers in different countries for inspiration via Instagram. “It was a great way to look at different international teaching strategies,” ... Read More »

Smiling faces as students head back to classes and see friends after six weeks at home under restrictions

FOR families across Australia, it’s back to some state of normal, with a return to school welcomed after six weeks at home as part of enforced COVID-19 restrictions. “There were lots of smiling faces, and students are just happy to be back with their friends,” Southern Cross Catholic College’s communications and marketing co-ordinator Majella Thompson, said. “It’s that social contact ... Read More »

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