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  Remembering those in need at Christmas

Dec 18, 2019
While the rest of the world shops and parties frenetically in December, the people in Fiji busy themselves in providing retreats, carol singing and charitable outreaches to the less fortunate.
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  World Day of the Poor - Sunday, November 17

Nov 15, 2019
"How many times do we see poor people rummaging through garbage bins to retrieve what others have discarded as superfluous, in the hope of finding something to live on or to wear!", says Pope Francis in his message for World Day of the Poor.
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  Suffering in Chile

Nov 11, 2019
Their cry is for peace, their cry is for justice, their cry is for fairness, and yet some of their actions are causing others to suffer. How is justice justified in this situation? How can we help them find peace?
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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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  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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  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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  Columbans Respond to the Racism and Violence in El Paso and Dayton

Aug 09, 2019
Our belief in God is a reliance on a powerful source of strength and light that will keep us on the road of solidarity with the poor and the refugee, no matter what. Now is the time to be bold and prophetic, and let our voices be heard.
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  The drug corporations that kill

Jun 05, 2019
In the Philippines, the law against illegal drugs is draconian. A person in possession of a small amount of drugs can get 12 years in prison. A suspect in possession of a small amount of crystal meth can be shot dead.
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  National Reconciliation Week

May 24, 2019
At the heart of reconciliation is the relationship between the broader Australian community and the First Nations Peoples. To foster positive race relations, our relationship must be grounded in a foundation of truth.
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  Australian Aboriginal People offer hope and reconciliation

May 23, 2019
The Uluru Statement from the Heart is a sign of hope and reconciliation which we Australians need to embrace and act on if we are to find our identity as a nation. And the Christian Churches are playing a significant role in this conversation.
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  Asia Bibi finally reunited with her family in Canada

May 09, 2019
The mother of five had been on death row since being convicted of blasphemy in 2010 and was held in solitary confinement. In a landmark judgment, the apex court quashed her death sentence last November and ordered her immediate release from prison.
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  Catholic Church submission on the annual review of the living wage claim

Mar 22, 2019
The Church is calling for an increase in the minimum wage and in award rates that would make a dent in the two-decade-long devaluing of the minimum wage.
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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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  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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  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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