2019

  Mourning an inadvertent missionary

Oct 30, 2019
One of the last living links with the first Columban mission in the diocese of Hanyang in China left this world on October 19 with the death of Father Joseph Yu Kehang in Melbourne, Australia.
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  Columbans update on the destruction of Chile

Oct 22, 2019
At the same time legitimate peaceful protesters in many areas, including in our parish... They are calling for a just cause - a more equal and just society, better opportunities, healthcare and education in poor areas.
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  Columbans at the Amazon Synod in Rome

Oct 22, 2019
The Synod on the Amazon is in deep dialogue among its participants, the world and God. Both inside and outside the Synod, there is a great spirit of opening for new paths for the Church both in the Amazon and universally.
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  Columbans report on destruction of Chile

Oct 21, 2019
This morning we received the following news and images. Lots of gunshots nearby and tear gas fired. Helicopters flying overhead all day sometimes firing tear gas which is burning my eyes right now as I sit at home.
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  World Mission Sunday 2019 - October 20

Oct 18, 2019
Pope Francis says, "This missionary mandate touches us personally: I am a mission, always; you are a mission, always; every baptized man and woman is a mission." "Each of us is a mission to the world, for each of us is the fruit of God's love."
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  International Day of the Eradication of Poverty - October 17, 2019

Oct 16, 2019
2019 Theme: Acting Together to Empower Children, their Families and Communities to End Poverty
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  International Day of the Girl Child - October 11, 2019

Oct 11, 2019
Today as we celebrate the International Day of the Girl Child, "let’s work to reinforce girls’ rights to a safe childhood, to decide for themselves, and to education and skills – in short, their right to the future they want”. (UNICEF)
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  Letters from the Synod: Ear to the Ground

Oct 08, 2019
Pan Amazonian Synod - Dom Helder Camara, the Brazilian prophet and mystic of the Church in Latin America, would be rejoicing in heaven…..
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  Australian religious recognised in Rome for outstanding contribution against trafficking in humans

Oct 07, 2019
Sr Louise Cleary CSB was recognised at the opening ceremony of the Talitha Kum General Assembly, the International Network of Consecrated Life Against Trafficking in Persons, which was held in Rome, from 21 to 27 September 2019.
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  Columban Missionaries pray in solidarity

Oct 03, 2019
Columban missionaries around the world will be praying for the success of the Pan Amazonian Synod. Our baptismal commitment to care for planet earth - our common home, and dialogue with people of other faith traditions and spiritual practices, also draws us into solidarity with the synodal process.
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  World Day of Migrants and Refugees - September 29

Sep 25, 2019
Pope Francis in his message says, "We ourselves need to see, and need to enable others to see, that migrants and refugees do not only represent a problem to be solved, but are brothers and sisters to be welcomed, respected and loved."
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  Social Justice Sunday - September 29

Sep 25, 2019
This year’s Social Justice Statement, Making it Real: Genuine human encounter in our digital world, calls on all levels of society to overcome the hatred, division and exploitation that occurs online.
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  Speaking the truth can be a risky undertaking

Sep 18, 2019
History is full of heroes arrested, tried in a court, condemned, and put to death for speaking the truth, challenging injustice and oppression, taking a stand against what is clearly wrong and immoral.
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  Australian Catholic Bishops Social Justice Statement 19 - 20

Sep 13, 2019
This year’s Social Justice Statement, Making it Real: Genuine human encounter in our digital world, calls on all levels of society to overcome the hatred, division and exploitation that occurs online.
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  The Virgin Mary's inspiration

Sep 11, 2019
In a country where poverty amidst plenty is the order of the day, where workers do not have security of tenure, where the urban poor have no secure place to live, how relevant is Mary's Magnificat?
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  Aasia Bibi wants justice for all blasphemy law victims

Sep 05, 2019
The 54-year-old left Pakistan in May to be reunited with her two daughters in Canada but she and her family are planning to start a new life soon at a secure, undisclosed European location.
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  Season of Creation - 1 Sept to 4 Oct

Sep 03, 2019
Pope Francis invited the faithful to celebrate the Season of Creation. "It is a period of more intense prayer and action for the benefit of the common home and to feel in deep harmony with the men and women of goodwill who are protecting creation."
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  World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation - Season of Creation

Aug 30, 2019
The theme for this year's Season of Creation (Sept 1-Oct 4) is 'The Web of Life.' This theme was chosen as a gesture of solidarity with the Synod on the Amazon which will take place in Rome from October 6-27.
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  Bishops pay tribute to Tim Fischer

Aug 26, 2019
“Tim was a man of many interests and with many talents, but those of us who have known him will remember most his warmth, his humanity and his strong conviction to pursue what is right,” he said.
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  105th World Day of Migrants and Refugees - August 25

Aug 23, 2019
Pope Francis in his message says, "We ourselves need to see, and need to enable others to see, that migrants and refugees do not only represent a problem to be solved, but are brothers and sisters to be welcomed, respected and loved."
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