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Australia’s Church owes its existence to missionaries and wants to hear their voice

MISSIONARIES – men and women – have always been an important and necessary part of the missionary activity of the Catholic Church in Australia. “Starting with the Irish, there have been many waves of priests and religious coming from other countries to Australia,” the Canberra-based director of the Australian Catholic Migrant and Refugee Office Scalabrinian Father Maurizio Pettena said. Fr ... Read More »

Honoured for the spirit of caring, Mater nurses celebrate awards before International Nurses Day

BRISBANE Mater celebrated 2642 nurses for International Nurses Day on May 10, recognising their world-class care for patients, their families and community. Mater Health chief executive officer Sean Hubbard praised the contribution nurses at South Brisbane, Springfield and Redland made. “Nurses are respectful, patient and possess great problem-solving skills which they demonstrate every shift,” Mr Hubbard said. “Balancing technical expertise ... Read More »

Religious freedom in the spotlight, politicians clarify their positions ahead of federal election

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HEADING into the final days of the Australian election campaign party leaders zigzagged across the country, covering vast distances to win over voters and, at times, fielding thorny questions about gay marriage, free speech and religious belief. Liberal Prime Minister Scott Morrison brushed aside questions about whether his personal views on same-sex marriage had changed since his vocal opposition to ... Read More »

Kenmore trash becomes treasure for Papua New Guinea Catholics in spirit of Laudato Si’

KENMORE parish has furthered its commitment to Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si’: On Care for our Common Home by turning recyclables into foreign aid donations. The parish has collected more than 4000 recyclable containers like bottles, cans and cardboard, which earn 10 cents per unit under the Queensland Government initiative Containers for Cash.  The funds collected by the parish were ... Read More »

CWL urges quality palliative care – good terminal illness care will ‘validate the lives of individuals’

QUEENSLAND’S peak Catholic women’s group has told a state parliamentary inquiry that the health system should not be focused on ending life but on providing good-quality palliative care. “We’ve got to stand up for what we believe,” 82-year-old Veronica Box, who is state president of the Catholic Women’s League, said after addressing the Inquiry into Aged Care End-of-Life, Palliative Care ... Read More »

Funds deal allows Aspleycare charity to continue after financial hardship threatens survival

ASPLEYCARE will continue to provide emergency relief for thousands of Queenslanders after the Federal Government confirmed funding until June 2023. Aspleycare president Tom Borger said the support of Federal Member for Petrie Luke Howarth saved the day. “It’s a miracle,” Mr Borger said. “Around November last year I wrote to four of the Federal parliamentarians – Wayne Swan, Luke Howarth, Jenny ... Read More »

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