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Fire-ravaged parishes show courage and ‘generosity of spirit’ in the face of loss and trauma

PRIESTS working in Australia’s worst bushfire-ravaged districts have praised the courage and “generosity of spirit” of their communities. But with more heatwave conditions expected, they have warned of the long-term impact of disaster trauma. “We have parishioners fighting fires, those who have lost their homes, and those who are playing a part with the evacuation centres,” Fr Luke Verrell said ... Read More »

Devastating bushfires stir community spirit in coastal areas across Central Queensland

DAYS of bushfires burning in coastal areas across Central Queensland have destroyed homes, torn through thousands of hectares of bush and farmland, and forced more than 1500 residents to evacuate. However, amid heatwave conditions, the loss and worry, the spirit and deeds of smoky-faced volunteers has inspired entire communities. “The whole community is pulling together with this disaster,” Agnes Water ... Read More »

Bushfire danger eases for Adelaide parishes

By Paul Dobbyn ADELAIDE Hills priest Fr Alfred Farrugia said he gives “thanks to God” for the narrow escape St Joseph the Worker Church, Lobethal, has had from bushfires. The parish’s other two churches – St Matthew’s at Birdwood and St Matthew’s at Bridgewater – had not been under threat so far, he said. The bushfires have destroyed or badly ... Read More »

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