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People Tributes

St John Paul II’s ‘sister’ dies at 101

Wanda Półtawska, Polish psychiatrist, wife and mother of four, survivor of Ravensbrück Nazi concentration camp and a close friend of St John Paul II, died on Tuesday in Krakow aged 101. Source: OSV News.


‘Local hero’ says elderly are the real heroes

Sydney Catholic Nellie Doueihi’s efforts in “reaching out in love and service” to her community has won her an award and a $20,000 grant to continue her work. Source: The Catholic Weekly.

Immigration People

Ugandan family reunited after six long years of separation

Six agonising years of separation have ended for Catholic couple Morris Mukasa and Teddy Nakalembe with the safe arrival of their children in Sydney. Source: The Catholic Weekly.


Brisbane prayer group launches ‘holywares’ online shop

Young Catholics were among the first to get their hands on rosaries inspired by Australian wildflowers and shirts printed with saintly mottos, all crafted by four Brisbane women who founded a “holywares” online shop. Source: The Catholic Leader.

People Vocations

Sydney teen takes on mission of a lifetime in the Philippines

Sydney teenager John McCaffrey has embarked on an adventure of a lifetime, travelling to the Philippines for a two-year discernment with a dynamic new religious movement in the Church. Source: The Catholic Weekly.

Media People

Melbourne priest celebrates 50 years on the air

Melbourne priest, writer, counsellor and radio host Fr Gerard Dowling will officially mark the 50th anniversary of his radio broadcasting career on Sunday. Source: Melbourne Catholic.

Books People

Dorothy Day’s life shows evangelising power of charity, witness, love: Pope

Dorothy Day was “a great witness to faith, hope and charity in the 20th century”, a woman who loved the Church despite the flaws of its members and who knew that serving God meant serving the poor and working for justice, Pope Francis has written. Source: NCR Online.

Funeral People

‘Jewel of Alice Springs’ celebrated at state funeral

Hundreds of mourners gathered in a sea of purple, blue and yellow in Alice Springs to celebrate the “jewel” of Alice Springs, Dr MK Turner, at a state funeral celebrated by Darwin Bishop Charles Gauci yesterday. Source: ABC News.


Sister Jeanne celebrates 105th birthday and a life dedicated to serving others

Sr Mary Jeanne Shoecraft RSM has marked her 105th birthday surrounded by family, friends and the nursing and support staff at Mercy Community’s Bethesda Aged Care residence in Brisbane. Source: The Catholic Leader.