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Dec 17, 2015
Columban Fr Shay Cullen, co-founder of PREDA, presents 'The Freedom Song'. It is a cry in the night for the many children who will have no Christmas now or for a long time.
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  People’s power helps set a 1.5 degree global warming ambition

Dec 15, 2015
Columban missionaries, faith and NGO groups push for a 1.5 degree global warming ambition.
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  COP-21 Daily Reports from Columbans

Dec 08, 2015
In Paris, Columbans are offering encouragement to the people of diverse languages and cultures who are rising up because of their concern for Earth as our 'common home' as Pope Francis expressed it.
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  Why are Columban priests and lay workers heading to Paris?

Nov 27, 2015
Why are Columbans in Paris? To celebrate that - inspired by the mission churches where they worked to join in solidarity with all peoples as they ask their government leaders to face the climate change crisis
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  Rev Kurt Zion Ordination

Nov 20, 2015
We congratulate Kurt and his family and his local Church on this happy occasion. Ten years of formation is a long time ...
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  Pope Francis and Patriarch Bartholomew

Oct 30, 2015
In October this year, the Greek Orthodox Theological College in Sydney hosted a two day Symposium called The Earth is the Lord’s. It was a major Ecumenical event with over a hundred people attending from many traditions.
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  Pope Francis’ call for action on climate change

Oct 29, 2015
Columban Mission Institute supports Pope Francis’ call for serious action on climate change by urging a global moratorium on new coal mines.
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  Encounters with my people

Sep 29, 2015
I was introduced to everyone and then we all shared the meal. After chatting with them, they told me I could go inside and sleep. But before that they cleaned the “table” where we earlier had our meal. It turned out to be my bed for the night.
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  World Day of Prayer for Creation

Sep 01, 2015
Pope Francis has decided to set up a “World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation” which will be celebrated on 1st September annually.
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  The Subanens and the Story of Christmas

Aug 27, 2015
Mary gave birth in a stable because there was no room for them in the Inn. Over the past several decades the Subanen people have experienced similar joys, fears, and struggles.
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  Grounding the Sacred

Aug 21, 2015
Rachael spoke on how engaging sacred texts often opens up spiritual pathways. She told of three people from different traditions who knew each other in Argentina – Pope Francis, a Rabbi and an Imam – and how they were led by their religious texts to grow.
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  Breaking News - Flood in Myanmar

Aug 11, 2015
For the last 15 days, the rain has never stopped. The domestic and international media have delivered what is happening in this country. According to the authorities, "flash floods and landslides caused by heavy rains have killed at least 46 people and...
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  Let it be quick

Jul 07, 2015
By God’s providence and the generosity of many people, including readers of The Far East, we raised enough money to buy a good number of animals. Their health improved; their children grew strong; they sang tribal songs again.
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  Catholicism and the Challenge of Ecology

Jun 09, 2015
In the video, experts reflect on the history and significance of the church's role in promoting the stewardship of creation ahead of the publication of Pope Francis' encyclical on the environment.
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  Called to be a priest

May 26, 2015
If you ask me why, why do I want to become a priest, a Columban missionary priest, I only have one answer – deep in my heart is this overwhelming joy and gratefulness I have for God for loving and accepting me for who I am.
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  Pontifical Council of Justice and Peace

May 07, 2015
“We need humility as a Church and we, the Church, can't keep our science in the 1700s."
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  Rediscovering the Spiritual in God’s Creation

Apr 23, 2015
Pope John Paul II said, “Science can purify religion from error and superstition. Religion can purify science from idolatry and false absolutes.”
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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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  The first island nation to lose their home

Feb 18, 2015
Families in my community are becoming resilient and innovative in finding creative ways to adapt to its impacts that are slowly and gradually disrupting their way of life.
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  Waste not, Want not

Feb 04, 2015
“Our futures were decided around that table!” We were reluctant to see it go to scrap. Happily, a colleague found someone who needed a large dining table. Now a family gather around that table for meals. I wonder what the future of the children will be and where it will take them?
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