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La Nina weather alert a cause for concern for summer in Queensland

CATHOLIC relief agencies are gearing up for another summer of extreme hazards after the Bureau of Meteorology changed its outlook to a “La Nina Alert”. “We need to be better prepared at local levels for climate emergencies,” Catholic Social Services Australia chief executive officer Dr Ursula Stephens said. “This summer looks like one of cyclones and storms, so being prepared ... Read More »

Tolhursts celebrate golden wedding anniversary in unexpected way

TERRY and Rita Tolhurst toasted 50 years of marriage in a way they “had never anticipated” with 30 family members on the screen via Zoom on August 17. The couple said the day was “absolutely brilliant” even if they couldn’t meet up in person. Their anniversary day started with a specially live-streamed Monday Mass celebrated by Bracken Ridge parish priest ... Read More »

Bishops call for compassionate view in wave of politicking over COVID-19 quarantine restrictions

BRISBANE Archbishop Mark Coleridge has called for compassion as the Queensland Government maintains tough COVID-19 quarantine rules that barred a Canberra-based nurse from attending her father’s funeral. “If proper precautions are taken in the interests of public health, compassion means that people should be allowed to attend funerals, to visit terminally ill family members before they die, to make mercy ... Read More »

An ethically sound vaccine out of UQ has been hailed as a better option as human trials are expanded

MELBOURNE Archbishop Peter A. Comensoli has written a letter to Australian Catholics, explaining the Church’s advocacy for “ethically acceptable” COVID-19 vaccines, that do not use aborted foetal cell lines in their development. The University of Queensland vaccine project, in partnership with Australian biotech company CSL, is one that Bishop Comensoli singles out as acceptable. He is also clear that the ... Read More »

Townsville Catholic Education signs up for Tesla battery storage project

TOWNSVILLE Catholic Education has signed up for a Tesla battery storage project on the way to having its schools powered 100 per cent from renewable sources. The agency recently accepted a tender from Queensland-based commercial solar business GEM Energy to deliver the project over the next 10 years. TCE executive director Jacqui Francis said this was a third stage of ... Read More »

Gossip is a tool of the devil to divide the Church, Pope Francis says

GOSSIP is “a plague worse than COVID,” Pope Francis said, asserting that while speaking ill of others comes almost naturally, it was a tool of the devil to divide the Church. Commenting on September 6 on the Sunday Gospel reading about Jesus telling his disciples what to do when a member of the community errs and requires correction, Pope Francis ... 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 »

Fr Francis’ hair worth more than $4000 for Vietnamese mission

IF you told Augustinian Father Francis Belcina two years ago that his hair would be worth more than $4000 in 2020, he would have fallen off his chair. But that’s how much his congregation’s Vietnamese mission has pocketed following a successful fundraiser held over the past month. Fr Belcina, who is parish priest of St James Church, Coorparoo, has been ... Read More »

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