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Missionary of Jesus named among TIME Magazine’s 100 most influential people of 2020

STANDING toe-to-toe with United States President Donald Trump over the Mexico-US border policy launched Sister Norma Pimentel into the public spotlight last year. This year, Sr Pimentel was named among TIME Magazine’s 100 most influential people, which was released today. Sr Pimentel, who is a member of the Missionaries of Jesus and executive director of the Catholic Charities of Rio ... Read More »

Religious life proves more rewarding than Olympic berth for Br Chris Pritchard

A SPORTS injury that blocked his road to the Rome Olympics, a Christian Brother who offered him a “free ticket to Heaven” and a persuasive aunt all played a part in Br Chris Pritchard’s vocation story that’s spanned 60 years. Br Chris, a key man at St Patrick’s College, Shorncliffe, was well on his way to representing Rhodesia (modern-day Zimbabwe) ... Read More »

New vicar for religious Sr Mel Williams sees great hope, not diminishment

MANY of us may look at religious life today and see dwindling numbers, ageing communities and an uncertain future but Sr Mel Williams sees much more. She sees with a spirit that is utterly positive and excited about what is happening here and now, and it’s a spirit that is infectious. It’s that spirit that she brings as Brisbane archdiocese’s ... Read More »

Church advocates seek lost wages for 22 Pacific Island seasonal workers exploited in Queensland

CATHOLIC religious advocates are pressing federal politicians to support an act of grace payment for 22 Pacific Island seasonal workers exploited and underpaid by a Queensland labour-hire firm. The workers from Vanuatu suffered “appalling treatment” and were underpaid tens of thousands of dollars when they were employed to pick fruit and vegetables in the Lockyer Valley, Sunshine Coast and Bundaberg. “The disgrace of coming ... Read More »

Church voices weigh in on confusion over some Catholic schools teaching gender-neutral prayers

Student in a classroom

A CANON lawyer has spoken out about the correct form of prayers, after a mainstream media furore about some Brisbane Catholic girls’ schools teaching gender-neutral descriptions to replace traditional terms like “Lord”, “Father”, and “Son” during prayers. “My observation is that many teachers in Catholic schools don’t know the Catholic faith, and Catholics among them don’t practise the Catholic faith, ... Read More »

Royal Commission’s final report urges major changes to child safety across Australia

Justice Peter McClellan delivers Royal Commission final report to Peter Cosgrove

THE Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse recommends prioritising child safety across the nation, including strengthening national and state laws, changing the culture within churches and organisations and providing for compensation and treatment for abuse survivors. The Commission’s final report was released today, comprising 409 recommendations. Of those, 189 recommendations had not been made until today’s 17-volume ... Read More »

Presentation Sister Carmel Hodgkinson has given a lifetime of service to God’s children

Sr Carmel Hodgkinson

SHE danced before taking a step. That’s what Presentation Sister Carmel (Jean Marie) Hodgkinson knows about her early years. “My parents said I’d hold onto the bar near the radio and bounce, up and down, to the beat,” the sprightly 76-year-old said from Holy Spirit Home, Carseldine, in Brisbane’s north. “I’ve got rhythm, I’ve always had it.” The toe-tapping sister ... Read More »

Australian Catholic religious congregations apologise for abuse at national assembly

Religious keynote speaker

A NATIONAL assembly of Australia’s Catholic religious congregations has included an apology for past abuse in schools and institutions, and a call to religious congregations to “be prophetic” and emerge from dark times with healing and hope. Keynote speaker, missionary and educator Sister of Notre Dame Mary Sujita urged 130 participants at the assembly in Melbourne from June 20-22 to ... Read More »

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