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Poverty rise shows Gold Coast not all waves and sunshine

Homeless Gold Coast

SPIRALLING costs of living are forcing more families below the breadline, with increasing pressure on our most vulnerable, including children a snapshot of poverty in 2016 shows. The Poverty in Australia 2016 report – prepared by the Australian Council of Social Service – shows nearly three million Australians now living in poverty.  The report also found more children living below ... Read More »

What the Church can learn from Bruce Springsteen

Bruce Springsteen

MUSIC legend Bruce Springsteen will tour Australia early next year, playing to packed houses. At the same time, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse will be preparing for what it’s calling the “Catholic Church Final Hearing”. It’s expected to last for four weeks, enabling the Commission to ask questions about “a number of factors … including ... Read More »

Parish waits 50 years for a visit from an Archbishop

Durong

KATHY Duff was four years old when she met her first Archbishop outside a small church in the rural town of Durong. It was March 6, 1966, and despite such a grand figure visiting, the deputy mayor of the South Burnett Regional Council only remembers a sibling dispute about fancy hats.  “I had a white hat that sat at an ... Read More »

Real Talk is sex education that actually works

Real Talk

TEENAGERS need the Catholic Church’s message about sex and relationships more than ever, managing director of a schools-based Catholic charity Paul Ninnes said. Based on his experience of talking with teenagers in schools through Real Talk Australia, Mr Ninnes said teenagers who have never heard the Church’s message of sexuality have low expectations of relationships. Many of them are also ... Read More »

One of the first Queensland families to try out Hummingbird House

Caldwells

THE Caldwell family considers Hummingbird House, Queensland’s first children hospice, a blessing.  For the Caldwells – Kevin and Johanna and their two daughters 10-year-old Gabby and Sophia, 7 – a break from a routine of constant care is like gold.  When Gabby was only four months old, she started having seizures every couple of months. At two she was diagnosed ... Read More »

Four-month renovations under way for St Stephen’s Cathedral facelift

Cathedral renovations

LAYERS of tarpaulins have been the only things stopping a major flood from washing away the priests celebrating Mass at St Stephen’s Cathedral for the past two years.  The 2014 Brisbane hailstorm that forced the closure of dozens of Catholic schools and devastation among churches, also pounded against the roof at St Stephen’s. Cathedral dean Fr David Pascoe said rough ... Read More »

Same-sex marriage: Traditional marriage supporters in Australia respond to Labor’s rejection of a plebiscite

Sophie York

PRIME Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s election commitment to hold a same-sex marriage plebiscite has failed, however the issue remains volatile. In dramatic events last Tuesday, Labor senators and MPs formally rejected Federal Government legislation for a people’s vote, but then ramped up calls for a parliamentary vote. It meant that Labor, by teaming up with the Greens, the Nick Xenophon Team ... Read More »

Fr Rob Galea: ‘God, You have permission to ruin my plans’

Fr Rob Galea

WHEN Fr Rob Galea auditioned for the X-Factor television program in 2015 he captured the interest of the nation. Since then the online audience following his catechesis has grown exponentially. But what brought the Maltese-born priest to ordination and who is he? Journalist Selina Venier met up with Fr Galea at last monthís Ignite Conference to find out FR Rob ... Read More »

Meet the Petrie couple helping to feed and educate a village in Africa

ugandans

WHEN Sue Fyfe compiled a scrapbook to mark the arrival of her latest grandchild, she was acutely aware that many of the photographs she was including pointed to the potential for a bright future for little Lincoln. He was surrounded by loving parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles; able to access the best in modern health care; with the necessary resources available ... Read More »

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