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HomeBuilder package misses the mark​ for the poor, Vinnies says

HomeBuilder package misses the mark​ for the poor, Vinnies says

AUSTRALIA’S new $688m HomeBuilder package has been described as “hitting the jackpot” by some potential homeowners, but there are warnings that the initiative has failed low-income families. The package offers a grant of $25,000 to build a new home worth less than $750,000 or to spend between $150,000 and $750,000 renovating an existing home. The scheme is limited to owner-occupiers ... Read More »

Plenary council facilitator Columban Father Noel Connolly dies aged 75

Plenary council facilitator Columban Father Noel Connolly dies aged 75

COLUMBAN Father Noel Connolly, a member of the Plenary Council 2020 facilitation team, has died in Sydney aged 75. Fr Connolly, a Queenslander, a Columban missionary priest for almost 51 years, a theologian, writer, teacher and administrator, died on June 6 at Concord Hospital in Sydney. Writing on behalf of the Columbans in Australia, Fr Jim Mulroney said Fr Connolly ... Read More »

Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge pens letter to help with post-pandemic recovery

Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge pens letter to help with post-pandemic recovery

BRISBANE Archbishop Mark Coleridge has called on Australia’s leaders to put humanity, not the economy, at the heart of planning the nation’s post-pandemic recovery. “Our Australian response can take many different forms, but our priorities need to be clear… the human being must be the focus of any response,” Archbishop Coleridge, who is president of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, ... Read More »

Church denounces malicious emails claiming to be from Catholic sources – they are not

Church denounces malicious emails claiming to be from Catholic sources – they are not

MALICIOUS emails have been sent to random recipients claiming to be from Catholic parishes, dioceses and other Church organisations – they were not. The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference released a statement denouncing the emails and their contents. Their contents mention one or more of the following – Cardinal George Pell, the complainant in his criminal trial, COVID-19 and most recently ... Read More »

Plenary Council may be delayed but the thematic papers show the fruits of communal discernment

Plenary Council may be delayed but the thematic papers show the fruits of communal discernment

The Church’s Plenary Council 2020 assemblies may have been delayed due to COVID-19, but six writing and discernment groups have been busy, using their diverse expertise and backgrounds to write thematic papers. Perth Archbishop Timothy Costelloe says six papers – each tackling a national theme for discernment that emerged from the Council’s Listening and Dialogue phase – signify the latest ... Read More »

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