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“People need to talk” – Church in Fiji focusing on long-term healing of Cyclone Yasa victims

FIRST responders tending to thousands of displaced Fijians in the aftermath of Cyclone Yasa are focusing their efforts on bringing long-term healing to victims of natural disaster trauma. Caritas Fiji executive director Agatha Ferei said the Catholic Church’s response to Cyclone Yasa’s devastation, which has left four people including a three-month old boy dead, included offering victims spaces “to just ... Read More »

Pregnancy safe house preparing for new intake of vulnerable mums

THERE will be plenty of room at one guest house this Christmas after a Brisbane safe house successfully transitioned its last live-in mother into stable accommodation. Pregnancy Crisis is a volunteer-run service that provides practical support, including emergency accommodation, for women with unplanned or unexpected pregnancies. During the pandemic the organisation extended its crisis accommodation period for as long as ... Read More »

Catholic psychologist Paul Stevenson says mental health impact of COVID-19 could last years

THE coronavirus pandemic is tending to “dial everything up to 11” in mental health, Catholic psychologist Paul Stevenson says. “Where people have anxiety or depression, what COVID tends to do is it tends to exacerbate the symptoms of that and particularly because a lot of the symptoms for those conditions are about hopelessness and helplessness, and being out of control,” ... Read More »

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 »

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