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Gossip is a tool of the devil to divide the Church, Pope Francis says

GOSSIP is “a plague worse than COVID,” Pope Francis said, asserting that while speaking ill of others comes almost naturally, it was a tool of the devil to divide the Church. Commenting on September 6 on the Sunday Gospel reading about Jesus telling his disciples what to do when a member of the community errs and requires correction, Pope Francis ... Read More »

This Franciscan nun is delivering love, care and hot meals to those in need across Brisbane

SOME of Brisbane’s homeless call her “Santa”, but Sr Salvacion Bunao likes to think of herself just as a nun serving the vulnerable, inspired and challenged by the Pope. The Franciscan Immaculatine Sister, who works alongside the Capuchins at South Brisbane, has been personally delivering food and good cheer to vulnerable members of her community, including elderly parishioners, families and ... Read More »

Jobless benefits to be among worst in developed countries

Budget concerns

A LOW-PAID Australian worker laid off during the pandemic will receive the third-lowest unemployment benefit amongst developed countries, when the coronavirus supplement is reduced, according to a social security expert. Despite mass unemployment and extended COVID-19 restrictions and lockdowns, the federal government plans to cut the supplement by $300 on September 25, reducing the base rate of benefits to about ... Read More »

Fr Francis’ hair worth more than $4000 for Vietnamese mission

IF you told Augustinian Father Francis Belcina two years ago that his hair would be worth more than $4000 in 2020, he would have fallen off his chair. But that’s how much his congregation’s Vietnamese mission has pocketed following a successful fundraiser held over the past month. Fr Belcina, who is parish priest of St James Church, Coorparoo, has been ... Read More »

Paul Lucas’ life is about giving thanks to the God of all creation

PAUL Lucas remembers the first time he read Laudato Si’ (On Care for Our Common Home) – he danced around the house. He laughs loudly as his memory of that day comes back. “I was just over the moon,” he said of Pope Francis’ encyclical as the Church celebrates the document’s fifth anniversary through the Season of Creation (September 1-October ... Read More »

Saving the koala from extinction requires a slow and steady approach, environmental advocate says

A DESPERATELY thirsty koala reaching out to take a drink from a cyclist is one image many Australians will recall from last summer. That particular koala was suffering through prolonged heat wave conditions in South Australia. Koalas fleeing or rescued from catastrophic bushfires featured in other images that went viral at that time when tens of thousands of the animals ... Read More »

This is how different people throughout history dealt with social isolation

IF you are feeling lonely during the pandemic restrictions – you are not alone. Half of all Australians report feeling increasing loneliness at this time. But isolation, social distancing and even wearing a mask in public need not produce negative emotions. A new collection of resources launched by Australian Catholic University explores how thinkers throughout history have dealt with isolation, ... Read More »

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