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Migrant workers caught up in Bundaberg fire vulnerable to human trafficking

Migrant workers caught up in Bundaberg fire vulnerable to human trafficking

A FIRE that destroyed a Bundaberg pub and backpacker hostel recently sparked Catholics against human trafficking into action. When news of the fire broke, a member of Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans (ACRATH) was quick to respond by visiting the Queensland regional town and offering support. No lives were lost but many of those who survived the fire ... 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 »

Rural priests in lockdown find garden of opportunity in Emerald

Rural priests in lockdown find garden of opportunity in Emerald

THE coronavirus pandemic kept Emerald’s new priests away from their flock for a while but not from their garden. Divine Word Missionaries Fr Truc Quoc Phan and Fr Firminus (Yon) Wiryono are new to Emerald, in the Central Highlands of Queensland, and to Rockhampton diocese Fr Truc, who is parish priest, arrived on March 14, just before the pandemic lockdown ... 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 »

Isolated communities still months away from Mass celebrations

Isolated communities still months away from Mass celebrations

ISOLATION. It’s almost three months since a priest has visited the Catholic faithful of Coen, a remote indigenous community in far north Queensland. Usually in the first week of each month, Augustinian Fr Robert Greenup packs his swag and drives 500km to Coen, along the partly-dirt Peninsula Developmental Road, that stretches deep into the Cape York Peninsula. His travel companion ... Read More »

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