2019

  The Golden Rule and Harmony Day

Mar 21, 2019
The continuing message of Harmony Day is 'Everyone Belongs' and promotes inclusiveness and diversity. Promoting the Golden Rule has never been as important as now in light of the recent massacre in Christchurch New Zealand.
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  Columban Society Leader sends Letter of Solidarity to Muslim brothers and sisters in New Zealand

Mar 21, 2019
The Missionary Society of St. Columban condemns in the strongest possible terms the terrorist attacks which unfolded in two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand on Friday, March 15, 2019.
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  Columban Centre for Christian-Muslim Relations Statement on the terrorist attacks in Christchurch

Mar 18, 2019
To Muslims I say, you are not “invaders” or “aliens”. You are not “other”. You are my sister and brother. You are family. You are citizens. You belong.
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  Campaign for Justice

Mar 15, 2019
Columban Fr Peter O'Neill, as a member of ACRATH, invites you to join their campaign in seeking justice for 22 workers from Vanuatu who were victims of labour exploitation while working on Australian farms picking fruit and vegetables.
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  ACRATH Campaign - Tragic reality of modern slavery

Mar 15, 2019
Last month, while speaking about modern slavery Pope Francis said that, faced with the tragic reality of modern slavery, “no one can wash their hands of it, without being in some way, an accomplice to this crime against humanity”.
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  Sowing the seeds of interfaith in seminarians

Mar 15, 2019
On 21-22 February, Columban Fr Patrick McInerney presented on “Interreligious Dialogue” and “Islam & Christian-Muslim Relations” at the Holy Spirit Seminary, Parramatta. 14 seminarians attended.
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  Aasia Bibi - Free at Last

Mar 14, 2019
Aasia Bibi is finally free after almost 10 years of living hell, but she is not safe; she and her family will almost certainly have to spend the rest of their lives outside of Pakistan. But, she is at least free now.
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  Lenten Reflection - I’m fortunate to have everything that I need here

Mar 11, 2019
After a moment of silence Fr. Paul looked around his small room and responded, “I’m fortunate to have everything that I need here. Think about all those refugees who have to leave their homes and don’t know where they are going.
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  ACRATH Campaign - Slavery-free Easter chocolate

Mar 09, 2019
Pope Francis said that “every person ought to have the awareness that purchasing is always a moral – and not simply an economic – act.”
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  Columban Catholic Calendar Art Guide - March 2019

Mar 08, 2019
Portrait of Saint Joseph. Guido Reni (1575-1642) - In contrast to earlier images of the saint, Reni depicted St Joseph with the Christ child or alone as we see here.
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  International Women's Day 2019

Mar 08, 2019
On International Women’s Day, the Catholic Bishops of Australia have acknowledged the inspirational work of women throughout the country who now make up 77 per cent of the Church’s workforce.
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  Do Whatever You Can, Using the Talents We Have

Feb 27, 2019
"The children would wait every day to be fed. They had no activities" and he realised that if he were trained he could make a difference in their lives.
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  Columban supporters enable Felmar to get an iPad!

Feb 20, 2019
Generous supporters of Columban missionary, Fr Oliver McCrossan, have stepped up to the plate and donated the money needed to provide Felmar Tano, who has cerebral palsy, with a much needed iPad.
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  World Day of Prayer, Reflection and Action Against Human Trafficking

Feb 08, 2019
Pope Francis has designated 8th February, the feast of St Josephine Bakhita, as the World Day of Prayer, Reflection and Action Against Human Trafficking. Globally there are 40.3 million victims of modern slavery.
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  Fr Shay opposes lowering age of criminal liability in Philippines

Feb 06, 2019
The Preda Foundation has written an open letter, co-signed by Fr Cullen and Francis B. Bermido Jr, executive director of the foundation, to the senators informing them of their concerns regarding the vote and urging them to vote against lowering the age of criminal liability.
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  Art Guide - February 2019

Feb 01, 2019
Abraham banishes Hagar 1657 (oil on canvas) Guercino (1591-1666). The story familiar from Genesis of how Abraham took his wife Sarah’s young Egyptian slave Hagar as his mistress became a popular subject for artists in the seventeenth century.
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  What’s in a tattoo?

Jan 21, 2019
The driver went on to say that he had always had a bad impression of girls sporting tattoos. In his opinion, women with tattoos were loose and not supposed to serve the Lord. “Yet here you are, a nice lady with a tattoo serving the Lord.”
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  Catholic Religious Australia endorses global compacts on migration and refugees

Jan 14, 2019
Catholic Religious Australia has endorsed the two “Global Compacts” on migration and refugees adopted by the United Nations last month.
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  Art Guide - January 2019

Jan 04, 2019
The half-length image of St. Agnes comes from a multi-panelled altarpiece in the Duomo of Pisa. Agnes was believed to have been martyred in the fourth century.
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