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Ready to sleep rough

THE Broncos and Jharal Yew Yow are putting their combined weight behind the Vinnies CEO Sleepout to help break the cycle of homelessness. They recently joined with Brisbane Mayor Graham Quirk, Queensland St Vincent de Paul Society chief executive officer Peter Maher and the dedicated ambassadors to officially launch this year’s event at Suncorp Stadium. “Close to 20,000 Queenslanders face ... Read More »

New Vatican restrooms offer showers, barber shop for homeless

Homeless in Vatican

HOT showers, a soapy shave and spiffy haircuts are available for free for those whom the Vatican calls “our homeless pilgrims”. Thanks to charitable contributions from Pope Francis and private donors, the Vatican has finished remodelling and expanding a public bathroom a few steps from Bernini’s Colonnade, surrounding St Peter’s Square. The Vatican announced on February 6 that the construction ... Read More »

St Finbarr’s students can’t turn a blind eye

St Finbarr's students with Blind Eye Ministries volunteers

TAKING a daily shower means more to Year 6 students at St Finbarr’s Catholic Primary School, Ashgrove, Claudia Nina and Zoe Goss after they visited a South Brisbane drop-in centre for the homeless. A trip to the Blind Eye Ministries drop-in centre, visited by 10 to 35 homeless people a day, showed the two school social justice members they couldn’t ... Read More »

Vatican public restrooms to include showers for the homeless

Vatican homeless

THE archbishop who distributes charity on behalf of Pope Francis has announced that the public restrooms in St Peter’s Square will include showers where the homeless can wash. The service will require volunteers, and donations of soap, towels and clean underwear, the papal almoner Archbishop Konrad Krajewski told Catholic News Service on November 13. “We have to be evangelical, but ... Read More »

Mercy often becomes a real test in practice

By Michaela Hillam I DISGUST myself. I’m a hypocrite, a fraud. I’m no better than a Pharisee. I was walking briskly out of Toowong Shopping Centre when a man who was clearly homeless called out to me. I mumbled something about being in a rush and continued on. I was late and I was on my way to Mass – ... Read More »

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