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Redress payouts for abuse survivors fall short of estimates

Redress payouts for abuse survivors fall short of estimates

The National Redress Scheme, running for more than two years, has been plagued by delays with survivors of child sexual abuse reporting poor process and unfair decision making, according to the federal opposition. An estimated 60,000 survivors of institutional abuse are expected to seek redress, but the number of claims made so far is just over 7000. “Government has been ... Read More »

How Catholics across the nation are dealing with rising infection rates

How Catholics across the nation are dealing with rising infection rates

MELBOURNE Archbishop Peter Comensoli lowered his surgical mask to kiss the altar at St Patrick’s Cathedral and fastened it again to incense the sanctuary at last Sunday’s Mass. Masking and unmasking was becoming a familiar sight for the five thousand Catholics who tuned in to the livestream as Melbourne archdiocese introduced new rules for liturgical celebrations on July 22. Those ... Read More »

Brisbane south-west parish postpones Mass, private prayer at church in wake of new COVID cases

Brisbane south-west parish postpones Mass, private prayer at church in wake of new COVID cases

DAILY Mass in Greater Springfield has been temporarily suspended as a precautionary measure following the confirmation of two new cases of coronavirus in Queensland. Our Lady of the Southern Cross parish announced on their Facebook page this afternoon that “as a precautionary measure daily Mass and personal prayer will stop until further notice”. It comes after Queensland Health this morning ... Read More »

Brisbane Catholic Education is setting high ecological standards with new schools set to open

Brisbane Catholic Education is setting high ecological standards with new schools set to open

CATHOLIC schools in Brisbane are forging ahead with a sustainable futures project producing big energy savings and inspired by Pope Francis’ encyclical, Laudato Si’. “We’ve been able to respond to Pope Francis’ invitation to take swift and globalised action,” Brisbane Catholic Education’s Dr Margaret Lee said. A highly-regarded former principal of Brisbane’s San Sisto College, Dr Lee is now BCE’s ... Read More »

Catholic winemaker supports pregnancy warning labels, says debate has wrongly portrayed industry

Catholic winemaker supports pregnancy warning labels, says debate has wrongly portrayed industry

PRIZED Catholic winemaker Tim Kirk has welcomed proposals to protect pregnant women and the unborn with alcohol warning labels, but believes the debate has wrongly portrayed the industry for raising concerns about the cost of the requirements. Mr Kirk, who is the chief winemaker of Clonakilla, located outside Canberra, said he was “entirely supportive” of the proposals made by Food ... Read More »

Australian Fr Pat Harney, the oldest Carmelite in the world, remembered in live-stream funeral today

Australian Fr Pat Harney, the oldest Carmelite in the world, remembered in live-stream funeral today

THE world’s oldest known Carmelite, who served nearly all the Carmelite parishes in Australian and New Zealand, was remembered in a live-streamed funeral today. Australian Carmelite Father Pat Harney died peacefully on July 17 – the day after the feast day of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, patroness of the Carmelite order. According to the Carmelites of Australia and Timor-Leste, ... Read More »

Catholic and Greek Orthodox leaders fear for rising religious tensions over Hagia Sophia mosque

Catholic and Greek Orthodox leaders fear for rising religious tensions over Hagia Sophia mosque

WITH Friday Islamic prayers to be recited in Hagia Sophia for the first time in 85 years, Christian leaders around the world have expressed deep regret at Turkey’s decision to change the status of the famous place of worship. Australian Catholic Bishops Conference president Archbishop Mark Coleridge and the head of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia, Archbishop Makarios expressed ... Read More »

Confirmed cases linked to Sydney Maronite church reinforces health practices in Queensland

Confirmed cases linked to Sydney Maronite church reinforces health practices in Queensland

A COVID-19 scare within a Catholic community in western Sydney, has reinforced the need for Queensland parishes to keep safe with strict health practices that include practicing social distancing, keeping attendance records and cleaning thoroughly after gatherings. “You are doing a marvellous job trying to deal with all the complexities of opening the church again and keeping people safe,” Brisbane ... Read More »

St Laurence’s hosts the national launch of Catholic Mission’s Socktober

St Laurence’s hosts the national launch of Catholic Mission’s Socktober

ALMOST 2000 students at Brisbane’s St Laurence’s College gathered for the national launch of Socktober, Catholic Mission’s schools engagement program. St Laurence’s is one of more than 100 schools to register for Socktober 2020, that uses the world game of soccer to encourage students to learn about mission and social justice, core parts of the Catholic curriculum. As part of ... Read More »

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