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Helen Plant grateful for her small Impact in Uganda

Making a difference: Helen Plant showing off the hand-made Rosary beads from Uganda at the Impact stall at the Ignite Conference in Brisbane recently.

EDUCATION is what lifts a country out of poverty, says Helen Plant, who has returned from her fifth trip to the Holy Trinity Community in Masaka, Uganda. Mrs Plant and seven others from mission outreach group Impact Uganda, an Emmanuel Community ministry, met with sponsor children and community members over the course of two weeks. Impact supports about 120 Ugandan ... Read More »

Safeguarding audit rolling out across Brisbane Archdiocese ensuring child-safe institutions

THE Archdiocese of Brisbane is to undergo a groundbreaking full audit of its safeguarding practices starting next month. It means that 25 per cent of Brisbane’s 98 parishes and archdiocesan offices are likely to be audited – the first archdiocese in Australia to do so. “I welcome it,” Brisbane’s director of the Office for Safeguarding Services Mark Eustance said. “It’s ... Read More »

Parents ‘get off your smartphones’ is the message from children craving face-to-face connections

A COMPREHENSIVE new report entitled Growing Up in Queensland finds that busy parents stuck on their smartphones are ignoring young people’s problems including school stress and bullying. The report released by the Queensland Family and Child Commission shows that children crave face-to-face connections. “They want adults to pay attention, have respectful conversations, and listen to what they have to say ... Read More »

Australia’s bishops and religious vow never to repeat shameful child sexual abuse history

Archbishop Coleridge and Sr Monica Cavanagh address the media at a press conference on the Church's response to the Royal Commission

CATHOLIC leaders today (August 31) announced they accept 98 per cent of the recommendations of the Royal Commission into child sexual abuse and have vowed that the Church’s shameful history will never be repeated. Catholic Religious Australia president Josephite Sister Monica Cavanagh and Australian Catholic Bishops Conference president Archbishop Mark Coleridge spoke at a media conference in Sydney, expressing their ... Read More »

‘Heinous’ abortion laws tabled in Queensland Parliament by Labor Government today

young child protests abortion bill

LABOR has introduced laws aimed at legalising abortion into the Queensland parliament today (August 22), despite latest polling that shows majority opposition among voters. If passed, the laws, would allow women to have an abortion up to 22 weeks, or up until birth if approved by two doctors. Also, “exclusion zones” of 150 metres would be in place around abortion ... Read More »

‘Bishop of the wheelchairs’ brings joy and hope to Cambodians

Bishop Enrique "Kike" Figaredo

JESUIT Father Enrique “Kike” Figaredo is known internationally as the bishop of the wheelchairs for his unique mission to Cambodia’s disabled, many of them maimed by landmines. Bishop Kike believes the sufferings of life are balanced out by love – a lesson learnt in a country where three decades of war has taken a severe toll. “Right after the war, ... Read More »

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