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Golden Wedding anniversary Mass a reminder of abounding love in dire times

BRISBANE Archbishop Mark Coleridge led 45 couples in celebrating marital milestones at the Golden Wedding Anniversary Mass at St Stephen’s Cathedral on September 26. Among the reduced-numbers crowd, owing to coronavirus restrictions, was Raymond and Sheila Thurlow whose wedding anniversary is this week on October 9. Mr and Mrs Thurlow married at St Finbarr’s Church, Ashgrove, and have three children. ... Read More »

Jobless benefits to be among worst in developed countries

Budget concerns

A LOW-PAID Australian worker laid off during the pandemic will receive the third-lowest unemployment benefit amongst developed countries, when the coronavirus supplement is reduced, according to a social security expert. Despite mass unemployment and extended COVID-19 restrictions and lockdowns, the federal government plans to cut the supplement by $300 on September 25, reducing the base rate of benefits to about ... Read More »

Paul Lucas’ life is about giving thanks to the God of all creation

PAUL Lucas remembers the first time he read Laudato Si’ (On Care for Our Common Home) – he danced around the house. He laughs loudly as his memory of that day comes back. “I was just over the moon,” he said of Pope Francis’ encyclical as the Church celebrates the document’s fifth anniversary through the Season of Creation (September 1-October ... Read More »

Saving the koala from extinction requires a slow and steady approach, environmental advocate says

A DESPERATELY thirsty koala reaching out to take a drink from a cyclist is one image many Australians will recall from last summer. That particular koala was suffering through prolonged heat wave conditions in South Australia. Koalas fleeing or rescued from catastrophic bushfires featured in other images that went viral at that time when tens of thousands of the animals ... Read More »

This is how different people throughout history dealt with social isolation

IF you are feeling lonely during the pandemic restrictions – you are not alone. Half of all Australians report feeling increasing loneliness at this time. But isolation, social distancing and even wearing a mask in public need not produce negative emotions. A new collection of resources launched by Australian Catholic University explores how thinkers throughout history have dealt with isolation, ... Read More »

Pope will sign new encyclical in Assisi on October 3

POPE Francis will travel to Assisi on October 3 to sign an encyclical on the social, political and economic obligations that flow from a belief that all people are children of God and therefore brothers and sisters to one another. The Holy See press office, confirming the Pope’s trip, said the document will be titled Fratelli Tutti in Italian. In ... Read More »

Queensland bishops urge action on COVID-led social and economic issues as state election looms

QUEENSLAND’S Catholic Bishops have taken an unprecedented step into the political arena ahead of the Queensland election, demanding action on key social and economic issues and delivering a community call to arms to work with “common purpose” to find a way out of the COVID-19 crisis. “As Catholic citizens, we have the opportunity, like all citizens, to participate in the ... Read More »

These are the changes to Jobkeeper at the end of the month

Amid ongoing COVID-19 restrictions and economic woes, JobKeeper payments are to be extended but at a reduced rate, and the Federal Government is to invest more than half a billion dollars to extend Australia’s aged care support. Legislation to extend both the JobKeeper wage subsidy and JobSeeker payments were due to be passed in the Senate this week before the ... Read More »

New measures are helping protect people and adjust to unprecedented changes

AS one of Queensland’s largest service providers to people with a disability, Centacare welcomes the increased focus on the wellbeing of people with a disability reflected in the latest measures announced by the Queensland Government to contain the COVID-19 outbreak. For the first time, people with a disability have been explicitly included in measures announced on August 22, along with ... Read More »

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