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  Nonviolence Days of Action

Sep 21, 2020
Columban missionaries endorse and support the Catholic Nonviolence Initiative (CNI) and its work to promote the power of nonviolence and people’s struggles for peace around the world
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  Temporary Migration Inquiry

Aug 23, 2020
Columbans contributed to the writing of the ACRATH’s submission to the Senate Select Committee on Temporary Migration.
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  The bells of Nagasaki: A gospel plea for peace

Aug 08, 2020
Perhaps what is required of us today, to be faithful to the human family and to future generations, is to never again justify violence or be silent when nations go to war; we must actively and non-violently resist all war and preparations for war.
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  Columban Message on 75th anniversary of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

Aug 05, 2020
Our understanding of Christian Discipleship leads us to condemn in strongest terms defence policies that every day make life more insecure.
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  Holy See and Australian Bishops respond to acquittal of Cardinal Pell

Apr 08, 2020
The Holy See and Australia’s bishops have welcomed the High Court’s decision to quash Cardinal George Pell's convictions, while also acknowledging the suffering of abuse victims.
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  6 ways to celebrate Valentines Day differently

Feb 13, 2020
St. Thomas Aquinas says "To love means to consistently will and choose the good of the other". It doesn’t matter if you’re single or in a relationship, the day is just another reason to spread your love.
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  Message from Archbishop Comensoli

Jan 06, 2020
Our skies across Melbourne are filled with the smell and haze of the fires – a steady reminder that our neighbours, so close to us particularly in the Gippsland areas, but also in our bordering States of NSW and South Australia are in dire need.
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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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