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This Franciscan nun is delivering love, care and hot meals to those in need across Brisbane

SOME of Brisbane’s homeless call her “Santa”, but Sr Salvacion Bunao likes to think of herself just as a nun serving the vulnerable, inspired and challenged by the Pope. The Franciscan Immaculatine Sister, who works alongside the Capuchins at South Brisbane, has been personally delivering food and good cheer to vulnerable members of her community, including elderly parishioners, families and ... Read More »

Survey is asking how Australian Catholics coped during COVID-19 lockdown

AUSTRALIA’S 623,400 or so Catholics who normally attended Sunday Mass before the COVID-19 lockdown are being studied as part of a research project exploring the psychological impact of church closures. Philippa Martyr, a Perth Catholic undergoing a graduate diploma in Psychology at Monash University in Western Australia, is studying the effect that the nationwide dispensation of Sunday obligation and ongoing ... Read More »

Maronites send message of hope to Lebanon as they pray for new church in Brisbane

THOUSANDS of people who lost their homes, their possessions and their loved ones when 2750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate exploded at Beirut’s port will soon receive a message of hope from Queensland. Maronite priest Fr Fadi Salame, who lost a relative and a childhood neighbour in the devastating blast on August 4, filled a truck on September 1 filled with ... Read More »

Teachers, nurses and marriage celebrants could save hundreds of women from forced marriages, religious body says

TEACHERS, nurses and other healthcare professionals are among those well placed to save hundreds of young women in Australia in danger of being forced into marriage each year, and resource tools are being launched this week to help them. Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans (ACRATH) is holding a Zoom launch on Thursday (August 27) of a suite of ... Read More »

ACU academic joins call for Medicare change to help protect children’s mental health

LEADING child protection expert Daryl Higgins is backing a call for an urgent change to Medicare rebates to help address mental health issues among children. Professor Higgins, who is director of the Institute of Child Protection Studies at the Australian Catholic University, joined a list of prominent health academics calling for the change. They want Medicare rebates to be changed ... Read More »

How I’m trying to find peace with depression

DEPRESSION is like the weather; sometimes you wake up to a beautifully clear day with complete clarity, small clouds drift in and out of sight intermittently slight doubts that soon turn into a seemingly permanent blanket shrouding your thoughts. Finally they culminate in utterly frightful downpours, where all the wonder in the world turns to grey. Depression is far from ... Read More »

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