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Queensland artist paints portrait of first Indigenous deacon from newspaper clipping

Queensland artist paints portrait of first Indigenous deacon from newspaper clipping

MARGARET Marshman has a good eye for a painting. Earlier this year, the Emerald parishioner who attends St Patrick’s Church opened The Catholic Leader to read about the death of Australia’s first Deacon Boniface Perdjert, aged 82. She was struck by Deacon Perdjert’s unique story as an indigenous Church leader.  The story was accompanied by a striking portrait photo of ... Read More »

Catholic health provider says $537 million boost to aged care a modest first step

Catholic health provider says $537 million boost to aged care a modest first step

AN extra 10,000 home care packages will start being delivered from this month  as the Federal Government attempts to reduce huge waiting lists for the elderly seeking care and address a scandal-prone aged care sector. Catholic Health Australia has welcomed a government injection of $537 million to increase home care places, get younger people out of residential care more quickly ... Read More »

Catholic network ready to be part of a solution for people suffering across the country

Catholic network ready to be part of a solution for people suffering across the country

THOSE facing drought conditions – and now bushfires – across large swathes of eastern Australia are going through countless emotions – despair, helplessness, hopelessness, fear and anger, to name a few. With dams empty, rivers stagnant and pastures reduced to dust, this drought is the worst since the 1940s – even longer in some areas – and people are looking ... Read More »

Queensland Christian voters contributed to ALP’s poor election result, report finds

Queensland Christian voters contributed to ALP’s poor election result, report finds

PROFESSING Christians liked what they saw when, before the last election, Prime Minister Scott Morrison was photographed as the devout believer at prayer, right arm pointing to heaven. In simple terms, Labor’s election review found that one of the Prime Minister’s strengths was his ability to connect with people of faith – and this helped his Coalition gain ascendancy during ... Read More »

Discerning the ‘voice of God’ among the people of Brisbane

Discerning the ‘voice of God’ among the people of Brisbane

HUNDREDS of Catholics who attended the Brisbane Assembly have returned to their parishes, communities and agencies invigorated with a message to “listen to the voice of God” and “hold your nerve” in discerning what is needed by the Church at this time.  “I’ve come out very hope-filled – just to hear that we have to listen to everyone,” 21-year-old Thomas ... Read More »

Sydney Bishop Anthony Randazzo named shepherd for Broken Bay

Sydney Bishop Anthony Randazzo named shepherd for Broken Bay

QUEENSLAND’S former seminary rector Bishop Anthony Randazzo has been named the fourth bishop of Broken Bay diocese. Bishop Anthony Randazzo, who oversaw training for priests at Holy Spirit Seminary Queensland for seven years, will shepherd Catholics across Sydney’s north shore and the New South Wales central coast. The 53 year old has always been a favourite in Queensland, having been ... Read More »

Rockhampton diocese shows small growth in Catholic numbers as others shrink

Rockhampton diocese shows small growth in Catholic numbers as others shrink

ROCKHAMPTON is one of the few dioceses in Australia that has seen an increase in Catholic numbers in recent years, while Brisbane numbers have dropped slightly in line with a national trend. Drawing on Australian Bureau of Statistics data from the 2016 Census, new reports prepared by the National Centre for Pastoral Research provide insights into the demographics of the ... Read More »

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