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Carmelite Sister to venerate St Thérèse relics again, this time in the habit

CARMELITE Sister Catherine Ann will pray for her beloved country Australia when she sits in the presence of her spiritual sister St Thérèse of Lisieux this month. Sr Catherine Ann, a member of the Carmelites in Ormiston, on Brisbane’s southern bayside, is one of hundreds anticipating the arrival of the relics of St Thérèse and her parents Sts Zelie and ... Read More »

Australia sees inequality worsen and wealth grow

EXACTLY no one was surprised to read recent Oxfam data that Australia’s wealthiest one per cent had increased their share of wealth in 2019. Australia’s top one per cent, about 250,000 people, had captured more than double the wealth of the entire bottom 50 per cent, about 12.5 million people, the report stated. The report hit as Pope Francis sent ... Read More »

Catholic Emergency Relief Australia established as a blueprint for disaster response

AS communities recover from the current bushfire crisis, the Catholic Church is setting up a blueprint for how it will respond to future disasters in Australia. It has set up a new collaboration called CERA – Catholic Emergency Relief Australia – to serve as a co-ordination point for Catholic agencies responding to fires, droughts, floods, cyclones and other disasters. The ... Read More »

Charities give assurances on the distribution of donations to bushfire appeals

FIRE-affected communities and members of parliament have taken out their frustration at what they labelled the sluggish pace of funds distributed from charities after months of bushfire appeals. Speaking at a press conference in Bateman’s Bay, State Member for Bega Andrew Constance took aim at the charities for taking too long to distribute the money. “The money is needed now, ... Read More »

PNG Cardinal John Ribat speaks of the gift and challenges of sexuality

A CARDINAL best known for defending Pacific island nations swamped by the impacts of climate change has spoken candidly of another challenge – his own daily commitment to be a priest. “The question really is how do I live my life in relation to the formation but also the sexuality that is deep within us. How do you live that?” ... Read More »

Orange Sky duo named among other Queenslanders on Australia Day honours list

QUEENSLANDERS Nic Marchesi and Lucas Patchett, former Young Australians of the Year who were behind mobile homeless hygiene service Orange Sky Laundry, were among the many Catholics announced in the Australia Day honours list this year. Both Mr Marchesi and Mr Patchett, who first featured in The Catholic Leader in 2014, were named as recipients of the Medal of the ... Read More »

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