The Far East - April 2020

The Far East Magazine is published 10 times a year by St Columbans Mission Society. It features articles and photographs by Columban Missionaries from those countries where the missionaries work. The magazine was originally launched to promote mission interest in Catholic homes in Australia and New Zealand. The Far East Magazine is a major fundraiser for Columban Missionaries and was first published in Australia on 15th October, 1920.


From the Editor

This issue of The Far East magazine features a mixture of challenging, heartbreaking and optimistic articles from around the world.
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Archaeologist invites Columbans to celebrate Mass

People often boast about having celebrated Mass in Churches that are, “centuries old”, such as the great cathedrals of Europe. But, what about…
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Does the land belong to us or do we belong to the land?

Australia may be a land of droughts and flooding rains, but as witnessed in the last 12 months both its flooding rains and its droughts have…
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Reflection - Jesus died to prove how good we are

Jesus does not love us because he is so good and all forgiving, he would forgive us anything. He loves us because we are loveable. He likes us.
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This is worse than Iraq

At least 19 people, and countless animals, were lost on Koro alone, and the comment of an Australian soldier on seeing the apocalyptic scene…
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My life as a gambling priest

Fr Paul White spent 50 years on mission in Korea where he continued to struggle with his gambling compulsion until Gamblers Anonymous helped…
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Living in sub-human conditions

Living in this kind of environment naturally gives rise to regular mortalities. Wakes are then frequently held along the narrow pathways since…
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Mission World - April 2020

Call to end violence against children in Myanmar
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From the Director - The drama of Holy Week

We cannot talk about our own lives meaningfully unless we talk about Jesus’ life. Unless I talk about my belief in Jesus, I am not talking about…
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On mission from Aotearoa

Commissioning of the first two Columban lay missionaries from New Zealand
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Gone but not forgotten

This week we learnt of the death of Columban, Sr Redempta Twomey, who was a major contributor to The Far East magazine. Known for her thought-provoking…
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What I have learnt from being weak

I have prostate cancer, and for these past six months or so, I have been receiving chemotherapy and various forms of hormone treatment. Most…
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Your Columban Legacy

Leave a gift to Columban Missionaries in your Will.
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Audio Playlist - The Far East - April 2020

Listen to all the articles in this edition of the Far East.
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The Far East magazine is published by St Columbans Mission Society 10 times per year. It features mission articles and photographs by Columban Missionaries from the countries where they work.

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