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Family friend of Biloela Tamils stuck on Christmas Island says mental health of two daughters at risk

Family friend of Biloela Tamils stuck on Christmas Island says mental health of two daughters at risk

A FRIEND of the Biloela Tamil family at the centre of a high-profile legal battle to stay in Australia says the mental health of the family’s two young children is deteriorating as wait on Christmas Island for a ruling. Nadesalingam Murugappan, known as Nades, and Kokilapathmapriya Nadesalingam, known as Priya, and their two Australian born daughters Kopika, 4, and Tharunicaa, ... Read More »

Cardinal Pell writes about the faith that sustained him through prison

Cardinal Pell writes about the faith that sustained him through prison

CARDINAL George Pell has written of his 13 months in jail in Victoria, isolated from other prisoners for his own protection, bearing witness to the toughness of daily life behind bars, but sustained by his Catholic faith. Writing on the American website First Things, a journal of religion and public life, Cardinal Pell, now 79, said he was despised by ... Read More »

Pro-family policies like family tax reform will build a stronger Australian economy post-pandemic

Pro-family policies like family tax reform will build a stronger Australian economy post-pandemic

AUSTRALIANS have been dealt a relatively good hand when it comes to government financial aid through the pandemic, with the likes of employment benefits and tax-return incentives. A new Deloitte Access Economics report released last week predicted Australia’s downturn would be significantly less than experienced by the rest of the world. “It says our downturn is going to be rather ... Read More »

New education mission to promote the ‘person of Jesus Christ’ in Broken Bay

New education mission to promote the ‘person of Jesus Christ’ in Broken Bay

FORMER Brisbane archdiocese priest and now Broken Bay Bishop Anthony Randazzo has outlined a strong vision for Catholic education. Launching Towards 2025, an education strategy for the Diocese of Broken Bay, Queenslander Bishop Randazzo said he supported “a strong, vibrant and authentic Catholic education system… one that promotes learning for life, and the flourishing of human and faith development.” Bishop ... Read More »

Two Victorian men die from COVID-19, church doors shut again in Melbourne

Two Victorian men die from COVID-19, church doors shut again in Melbourne

MELBOURNE Archbishop Peter Comensoli has directed churches to shut their doors again and has suspended the public celebration of Mass, which had only just recommenced, following COVID-19 outbreaks across parts of Victoria. The directives were for parishes within metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire, which were placed back under stage three restrictions for the next six weeks from July 8. Livestreamed ... Read More »

Josephite Sister humbled to receive Queen’s honour, sees it as a win for women religious and St Mary MacKillop

Josephite Sister humbled to receive Queen’s honour, sees it as a win for women religious and St Mary MacKillop

SR Margaret Cleary, a Brisbane girl who’s wandered far, is the latest in a long list of Catholic religious to be honoured by the Queen, but she’s so mindful of being “ordinary”.   Sr Margaret was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia in the Queen’s Birthday Honours recently “for service to the Catholic Church of Australia”.   It’s not an accolade she ... Read More »

In May, the equivalent of Darwin’s population stopped looking for a job

In May, the equivalent of Darwin’s population stopped looking for a job

AUSTRALIA has lost more than 227,000 jobs between April and May, but less than 40 per cent of those people who lost jobs have become unemployed – the rest are not trying to find employment. To be counted as unemployed, you must be trying to find a job. The participation rate – which measures the labour force and people looking ... Read More »

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