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Meet the Rwandan Catholic saving taxpayers millions by giving refuges and migrants a dream

Meet the Rwandan Catholic saving taxpayers millions by giving refuges and migrants a dream

“A LACK of dream, a lack of belonging; the best way to combat youth crime is not to build bigger detention centres,” Sunnybank parishioner Protais Muhirwa, who founded Active Refugee and Migrant Integration in Australia five years ago, said. “It’s wrong, it’s very wrong; when they release them they’re worse criminals. “The best way to combat terrorism, it’s not to ... Read More »

Brisbane dad fighting to protect children from pornography welcomes government inquiry

Brisbane dad fighting to protect children from pornography welcomes government inquiry

A BRISBANE parent advocating for protection of children against child pornography has welcomed a government inquiry into the sensitive subject. “Thank you for fighting for our kids,” Paul Ninnes said in an online statement to thousands of people who signed an online petition calling for government action.  “As a dad and someone that deals with the effects of childhood exposure ... Read More »

Woodridge parish priest says drug testing welfare recipients not practical

Woodridge parish priest says drug testing welfare recipients not practical

A PARISH priest in Logan, one of the sites proposed to trial drug testing for welfare recipients, says the experiment does not make practical sense. “The addictions of drugs and alcohol need psychological and social work intervention, not compulsion,” Fr David Batey, priest at St Paul’s parish, Woodridge, in the heart of Logan, said.  A Senate committee has heard reams ... Read More »

Emotion hits as bishop takes up call to lead in regional Victoria

Emotion hits as bishop takes up call to lead in regional Victoria

SANDHURST’S new shepherd showed his love for the people of God when he failed to hold back tears during his first address as the Bishop of Sandhurst. Bishop Shane Mackinlay, who was ordained the eighth Bishop of Sandhurst on October 16, made a bittersweet farewell to the parishes of Bungaree and Gordon, where he has called home for 15 years. ... Read More »

Catholic Church to dedicate November as month to pray for drought-busting rain

Catholic Church to dedicate November as month to pray for drought-busting rain

ACROSS a parched Australia the Church is dedicating November as a month to pray for those touched by crippling drought, and to pray for rain. Parishes, schools, families and Catholic communities across the country are being encouraged to take part in the National Prayer Campaign for Drought, which also invites people to dig deep and provide assistance to those in need. ... Read More »

Sandhurst seminarian says vocation to priesthood freeing, not crazy

Sandhurst seminarian says vocation to priesthood freeing, not crazy

SEMINARIAN and former intern at The Catholic Leader, Adi Indra, can tick getting ordained over the burial site of the first pope from his bucket list. The Indonesian-born seminarian for the Sandhurst diocese in Victoria was ordained a deacon on October 3 at St Peter’s Basilica which, in Catholic tradition, is known as the place where St Peter was buried. ... Read More »

NDIS enabling 1000 Centacare clients to reach their full potential

NDIS enabling 1000 Centacare clients to reach their full potential

ZAC Kimber is achieving his personal best in all that he does, thanks to the National Disability Insurance Scheme. Mr Kimber was one of more than 1000 Centacare clients who transitioned to NDIS since July 2017 and he commemorated the milestone at a social event with Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge on September 26. The event, held at the Archbishop’s house ... Read More »

Knights of the Southern Cross continue to spread God’s word

Knights of the Southern Cross continue to spread God’s word

LAY men need to rediscover their niche in the Church, Kippa-Ring parishioner Hugh O’Donnell says. Retired men, working men, fathers, brothers, sons – the Church needed men and men wanted to give of their time and talents according to their “niche”, he said. Enter, the Knights of the Southern Cross. “If I was in olden days, I’d have a sword ... Read More »

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