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Social justice chief Peter Arndt to climb Tanzania’s Mount Kilimanjaro for guide dogs

Social justice chief Peter Arndt to climb Tanzania’s Mount Kilimanjaro for guide dogs

BRISBANE social justice advocate Peter Arndt likes a challenge – and he’s expecting 2020 will push him to new heights. As a blind person, Mr Arndt has signed up to climb Tanzania’s Mount Kilimanjaro, the world’s tallest free-standing mountain, to raise money for Guide Dogs Queensland. “I will have to train very hard,” the Catholic Justice and Peace Commission executive ... Read More »

Townsville bishop supporting freed Bali Nine member’s plea to shorten sentences

Townsville bishop supporting freed Bali Nine member’s plea to shorten sentences

TOWNSVILLE Bishop Tim Harris expressed his support for Bali Nine member Renae Lawrence as she pleaded for reduced and determinant sentences for her fellow drug smugglers. Ms Lawrence, the only female member of the Bali Nine, was released last year after 13 years in various prisons for her role in the foiled drug-smuggling operation in Indonesia in 2005. Until now, ... Read More »

Man charged with alleged arson of Bundaberg Catholic church

Man charged with alleged arson of Bundaberg Catholic church

A FIRE has gutted the 68-year-old St Mary’s Church, Bundaberg, on Barolin Street in the early hours of Tuesday, February 11.  Six fire crews attended the blaze about 4am. Police have charged a man following the alleged arson of a church in Bundaberg. The church, which was unoccupied at the time, was completely destroyed by the blaze. A 42-year-old Bundaberg ... Read More »

Australian bishops seeking to calm coronavirus alarmism

Australian bishops seeking to calm coronavirus alarmism

PARISHES and dioceses taking precautions like refusing to offer Holy Communion from the chalice to combat the novel coronavirus outbreak in China were not called to do so. The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference issued a statement that said they had “not called for the suspension of any practices at Mass in response to novel coronavirus that appeared in China and ... Read More »

Relics of St Therese and Sts Louis and Zelie Martin bringing graces to Brisbane

Relics of St Therese and Sts Louis and Zelie Martin bringing graces to Brisbane

THEIR hands pressed to the reliquary glass-casing and eyes shut in silent prayer, thousands of Brisbane Catholics took a few moments to pray with the relics of St Therese of Lisieux and her parents Sts Zelie and Louis Martin as they pilgrimaged around the archdiocese last week. It was the first time Sts Zelie’s and Louis’ relics had visited the ... Read More »

Western regions rejoice as rain falls on drought-stricken farming communities

Western regions rejoice as rain falls on drought-stricken farming communities

RAIN has brought hope to some of the country’s hardest-hit farm communities. “It’s like a miracle. It is absolutely. Everyone is so happy,” St Mary’s Warwick parishioner Trish Seaby said after watching the Condamine River rise. “Within two days, up came the grass.  “It’s been absolutely life-changing, but we do need it to continue.” On Queensland’s Southern Downs the Condamine ... Read More »

Government offers more help for drought-stricken families with children in Catholic schools

Government offers more help for drought-stricken families with children in Catholic schools

DROUGHT-affected families with children enrolled in Catholic schools will continue to receive Federal Government support with a further boost of $8.2 million announced last week. As the nation’s largest non-government education provider with 1746 schools, Catholic schools have been allocated a further $8.2 million on top of the initial $10 million in funding announced by the Government on November 7 ... Read More »

Proud grandmother waves off six grandchildren at Clairvaux MacKillop College

Proud grandmother waves off six grandchildren at Clairvaux MacKillop College

GEORGINA Edwards might need a larger car if she’s going to handle impromptu school pick-ups this term. The doting grandmother from St Bernard’s Church, Upper Mount Gravatt, waved off six grandchildren to the same school, Clairvaux MacKillop College, when Term 1 started last week. Her grandchildren are the second generation of two families, the Edwards and the Lendarduzzis, to go ... Read More »

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