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Inspired by Frederic

By Peter Bugden  IF you should have the privilege of meeting young Brisbane woman Cassandra Bull, it might not be too long before she’ll be talking lovingly about Fred. Fred is not her boyfriend but she is in a rather deep and abiding relationship with him. The truth is, he has her heart. “Fred” is Cassandra’s affectionate way of referring ... Read More »

Vatican public restrooms to include showers for the homeless

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THE archbishop who distributes charity on behalf of Pope Francis has announced that the public restrooms in St Peter’s Square will include showers where the homeless can wash. The service will require volunteers, and donations of soap, towels and clean underwear, the papal almoner Archbishop Konrad Krajewski told Catholic News Service on November 13. “We have to be evangelical, but ... Read More »

Help the poor at breakfast with Betty

By Emilie Ng BEENLEIGH parishioner Betty Graver has high hopes for her next mission trip to India where she plans to put smiles on 65 child orphans’ faces. Ms Graver is planning next year to visit the Blessed Mother Teresa Home for orphans aged three to 14 in Adilabad, India. The home is run by the Missionary Congregation of the Blessed ... Read More »

How to be a ‘poor Church for the poor’

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THE Vatican has announced a July meeting to explore how the Church can reach out to the “peripheries” and fulfil its charitable mission. The Foundation “Populorum Progressio” for Latin America will hold its annual meeting at the Vatican from July 10-14. Intended to offer an opportunity for reflection, the meeting will take as a starting point Pope Francis’ directions on the ... Read More »

Vandals, dumpers troubling Vinnies

Rubbish dumped at St Vincent de Paul Society store.

TWO Townsville St Vincent de Paul Society charity bins have been set alight, one fire causing damage to the side of a society-owned building. The society’s Queensland chief executive officer Peter Maher described the vandalism as “despicable” and said it was an ongoing problem in locations throughout the state. “We also get all sorts of things dumped in the bins ... Read More »

Mercy often becomes a real test in practice

By Michaela Hillam I DISGUST myself. I’m a hypocrite, a fraud. I’m no better than a Pharisee. I was walking briskly out of Toowong Shopping Centre when a man who was clearly homeless called out to me. I mumbled something about being in a rush and continued on. I was late and I was on my way to Mass – ... Read More »

Bringing hope to the ‘new poor’

Jim Devereaux

THE secret glue holding shattered lives together in the hope they’ll hang together long enough to heal – travelling with one of the men from St Vincent de Paul Society’s Kenmore conference as he attempts to bring hope to the desperate and broken in the community, the description comes readily to mind. The people we meet are well educated and ... Read More »

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