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Australian Catholics urged to hear again the ‘prophetic words’ of Pope St John Paul II from 1986

BISHOP Ken Howell has echoed the words of Pope St John Paul II in calling for a renewed commitment to recognition for and reconciliation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. The Brisbane auxiliary bishop, speaking at the annual Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Sunday Mass at St Stephen’s Cathedral last weekend, said Australian Catholics needed to hear again “those ... Read More »

Two Victorian men die from COVID-19, church doors shut again in Melbourne

MELBOURNE Archbishop Peter Comensoli has directed churches to shut their doors again and has suspended the public celebration of Mass, which had only just recommenced, following COVID-19 outbreaks across parts of Victoria. The directives were for parishes within metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire, which were placed back under stage three restrictions for the next six weeks from July 8. Livestreamed ... Read More »

Josephite Sister humbled to receive Queen’s honour, sees it as a win for women religious and St Mary MacKillop

SR Margaret Cleary, a Brisbane girl who’s wandered far, is the latest in a long list of Catholic religious to be honoured by the Queen, but she’s so mindful of being “ordinary”.   Sr Margaret was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia in the Queen’s Birthday Honours recently “for service to the Catholic Church of Australia”.   It’s not an accolade she ... Read More »

In May, the equivalent of Darwin’s population stopped looking for a job

AUSTRALIA has lost more than 227,000 jobs between April and May, but less than 40 per cent of those people who lost jobs have become unemployed – the rest are not trying to find employment. To be counted as unemployed, you must be trying to find a job. The participation rate – which measures the labour force and people looking ... Read More »

Dale Morrow honoured for her leadership in education

ST Rita’s College principal Dale Morrow is to receive a Queensland Fellowship in recognition of exceptional educational leadership. Fellowships are awarded by the Australian Council for Educational Leaders (ACEL) for contributions of outstanding educational leadership at the state and/or national level. Award recipients are selected from schools across the state, professional associations, universities and supporting organisations. Mrs Morrow’s Fellowship Award ... Read More »

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