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Mater nurse sends unused neonatal equipment to Timorese hospitals with high mortality rate

EAST Timor’s shocking lack of resources means many premature babies are dying shortly after birth, which has had heartbreaking consequences for the Timorese community. Mater’s Katherine Jackman discovered this for herself when she was invited to travel to Timor-Leste as part of the Timor Awakening program – an initiative from Brisbane based charity Veterans Care Association. East Timor was a ... Read More »

New icon to be a face of mercy for those coming to the tribunal with difficult situations

REGIONAL Tribunal judicial vicar Fr Adrian Sharp unveiled a freshly written icon of Our Lady Help of Christians to audible gasps at a blessing at Mercy House on September 14. “It was just stunning,” Regional Tribunal director in Brisbane archdiocese Paul Shogren said. “It’s a powerful and beautiful icon that Sr Josephine Marie has written.” Sr Josephine Marie, of the ... Read More »

Missionary of Jesus named among TIME Magazine’s 100 most influential people of 2020

STANDING toe-to-toe with United States President Donald Trump over the Mexico-US border policy launched Sister Norma Pimentel into the public spotlight last year. This year, Sr Pimentel was named among TIME Magazine’s 100 most influential people, which was released today. Sr Pimentel, who is a member of the Missionaries of Jesus and executive director of the Catholic Charities of Rio ... Read More »

For Fr Gary, gratitude fills the moment when missionary zeal takes a rest

COVID-19 has forced Fr Gary Walker, a man who once craved a life of adventure and excitement, to do something he’s never dreamed of doing – stop and rest. Even though the 76-year-old Columban missionary is retired, he’s used to being busy and he was intending to keep it that way. Sitting in a presbytery where he lives in Sandgate, ... Read More »

ACU’s John Fahey, champion of Sydney Olympics bid, dies aged 75

“AND the winner is … Sydney.” Those words, declared in 1993 by Olympic Committee president Juan Antonio Samaranch, spoke volumes about the public drive and commitment displayed by John Fahey, who died on September 12, aged 75, after a battle with leukaemia. Famously, Mr Fahey, then Premier of New South Wales jumped out of his seat and celebrated wildly with ... Read More »

La Nina weather alert a cause for concern for summer in Queensland

CATHOLIC relief agencies are gearing up for another summer of extreme hazards after the Bureau of Meteorology changed its outlook to a “La Nina Alert”. “We need to be better prepared at local levels for climate emergencies,” Catholic Social Services Australia chief executive officer Dr Ursula Stephens said. “This summer looks like one of cyclones and storms, so being prepared ... Read More »

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