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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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  Refugee Week 14-20 June 2020

Jun 18, 2020
Refugee Week is Australia’s peak annual activity to raise awareness about the issues affecting refugees and celebrate the positive contributions made by refugees to Australian society.
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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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  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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  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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  From a Distant Shore: Syria

Jul 03, 2019
In recent years a growing number of people have come to Ireland to start new lives. This short fascinating documentary talks to Syrians who fled the war about their lives in Syria before the war.
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  Pope Francis’ Message for 2019 World Day of Migrants and Refugees

Jun 03, 2019
The most economically advanced societies are witnessing a growing trend towards extreme individualism which, combined with a utilitarian mentality... is producing a “globalization of indifference”.
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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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  Columban priest reports from US - Mexico border

Nov 15, 2018
It is a delight to get to know people who keep their cultures, languages and customs - to hear the echoes of a high-pitched, melodic indigenous languages, or the brave songs of the socially aware people of El Salvador, accompanied by skilled guitar players.
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  National Migrant and Refugee Sunday

Aug 24, 2018
On Sunday August 26th, we celebrate National Migrant and Refugee Sunday.
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  #WithRefugees - Refugee Week 2018

Jun 18, 2018
In 2018, Refugee Week will be held from 17 June to 23 June. The theme for Refugee Week 2018 is #WithRefugees.
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  The Numbers Game

May 03, 2017
How Japanese Catholics have been part of the international support network of Columbans on mission.
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  August in Japan

Aug 01, 2016
Columban Fr Barry Cairns tells us about how August in a special month in Japan
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  Not bad for a non-Christian

Feb 15, 2016
Word came into the Church that a homeless man was sleeping rough under Sotohori Bridge, in Japan. The local Church group looking after the homeless went to visit him
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  Tanaka Kun

Nov 11, 2015
I silently said goodbye to this world and from the top of the bridge I jumped into the river below. But I could not sink. I kept coming up for air. I jumped again but the same result.
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  Akiko never did cry

Jul 30, 2015
Our first lesson was spent solely repeating each vowel sound up to a hundred times or more. To my great relief my pupil never flinched though the experience must have been woefully boring if not actually painful.
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  The unfinished story of a valiant woman

Apr 20, 2015
In Tsuneko's life, she jumped from being a professional worker into the waters of baptism; jumped from the waters of baptism into the Catechetical profession and from there she landed in the Columban world.
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  Good Friday in Japan

Apr 03, 2015
The lights are then turned off and only a spotlight shines on the area of the Cross. Then each person comes up in procession two by two while a chanter gently sings in Japanese those haunting liturgical hymns for Good Friday (Improperia).
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  The unfinished story of a valiant woman

Feb 25, 2015
She has witnessed the liturgical eccentricities of many Columbans but no matter who they were or what fancy ideas they brought with them, she took everything in her stride.
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