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Lay missionary families to be paid for children's role

New financial rewards are being offered to parents and their children who take up missionary postings with the Catholic Church either overseas or in remote parts of Australia.

The Catholic Leader reports that parents will now get an extra $250 for each child, every time the family completes 12 months of work in a cross-cultural mission.

Former Samoan Islands missionary and director of PALMS (Paulian Association Lay Missionary Service), Roger O'Halloran welcomed the move.

"The children were the ones who make the connections between families," he said. "Somehow its easier for them to wander around the villages.

"They have less fear and local expectations of them are not as great as they might be for an adult," Mr O'Halloran said.

Catholic Leader