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Poverty rise shows Gold Coast not all waves and sunshine

Homeless Gold Coast

SPIRALLING costs of living are forcing more families below the breadline, with increasing pressure on our most vulnerable, including children a snapshot of poverty in 2016 shows. The Poverty in Australia 2016 report – prepared by the Australian Council of Social Service – shows nearly three million Australians now living in poverty.  The report also found more children living below ... Read More »

The Slum-dwelling Sister changing the lives of illiterate children

Sr Vangie Dunton

SISTER Evangeline “Vangie” Dunton lives amidst the slums of Cambodia, providing for the poorest and most vulnerable, especially children. It has become a life mission for this member of the Daughters of Mercy who is visiting Queensland to thank parishioners for their generous support through Catholic Mission, and to spread the word about her work. Sr Dunton’s story of reaching out and giving ... Read More »

International Eucharistic Congress: Widespread malnutrition and starvation “mass genocide”

Hungry children in Syria

POPE Francis’ representative to the 51st International Eucharistic Congress called the widespread malnutrition and starvation in the world a “mass genocide”. Cardinal Charles Bo of Yangon, Myanmar, was speaking last Sunday at the opening Mass of the event in Cebu, Philippines. “This calls for a commitment to a world of justice,” Cardinal Bo said.  “The Eucharist calls for a third world war, ... Read More »

Support rolls in for new venture feeding and training homeless

Homeless venture

VOLUNTEERS are responding whole-heartedly to a new partnership that will give Brisbane’s homeless free food and employment training as early as January. Several people have been in contact with The Catholic Leader after reading last week’s front-page story on former homeless man Grant Richards and food factory manager Winston Cheng, who are planning a new charitable venture next year. The ... Read More »

Mother key to eliminating India’s slums

Joe Paul and a Bangalore woman

LITTERED throughout the streets of India’s Silicon Valley, children belonging to nobody scavenge through piles of rubbish to thwart death. By day, the children make a few rupees by offering pickings from the mountains of solid waste to retailers. At night, they dip their hands into the same meal licked up by the local feral dogs, before laying their heads ... Read More »

New Vinnies report addresses nation’s ‘frontline of inequality’

Charity work: Vinnies call for better deal for most vulnerable

A REPORT launched by the St Vincent de Paul Society to mark Anti-Poverty Week 2015 confronts the stigma facing the nation’s most vulnerable and disadvantaged citizens. The society’s chief executive officer Dr John Falzon said “Sick with worry” contained stories from “the frontline of inequality”. “‘Sick with worry’ details more than 20 stories from people located around Australia who are ... Read More »

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