NELSON Mandela, the revered icon of the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa and one of the towering political figures of the 20th century, has died aged 95.
Maltese singer Robert Galea goes beyond numbers: he is just 32 years-old and has already recorded 3 music albums and is preparing to release the fourth one in April. He has also played along with Australian superstars like Guy Sebastian, Paulini and Gary Pinto. But perhaps the most striking fact in Robert Galea's life is that he is capable of combining his musical career with his vocation as a parish priest.
The Bandjalang, a clan of the wider Bunjalung people in NSW, have won native title over a large number of national parks, state forests and Crown lands in the state’s north. Bandjalang claim number 1 was lodged in 1996 and the bigger Bandjalang claim 2 was lodged in 1998. They both cover 2,700 square kilometres.
The recent physician-assisted suicide of a deeply depressed Belgian woman made worldwide headlines. But the headlines didn’t say a thing about depression. The headlines read, “Belgian killed by euthanasia after a botched sex change operation.”
The International Day of People with Disability is celebrated on 3 December each year.
Dale Williams is Mayor of Otorohanga and Chair of the Mayors Taskforce for Jobs. A certified motorcycle engineer by trade, Dale has first-hand experience launching and growing successful motorcycle dealerships and training young people through apprenticeship programs. Passionate about helping young people achieve the best career outcomes for their personal circumstances, Dale is an advocate of non-academic vocational pathways, realising that not all young people are suited to tertiary education.
The India-Pakistan partition in 1947 separated many friends and families overnight. A granddaughter in India decides to surprise her grandfather on his birthday by reuniting him with his childhood friend (who is now in Pakistan) after over 6 decades of separation, with a little help from Google Search.
Good Samaritan Sister Teresa Lanigan was driving down a street in the outer Melbourne suburb of Pakenham when she first saw an African teenager walking along. Many would have driven straight past, but Teresa slowed down the car, called out ‘hello’ and began talking with him. It was to be the beginning of a rich ministry with African refugees for Teresa and her two companions in community, Sisters Monica McKenzie and Patricia Hickey.
Two famous men died on 22 November 1963 - one was John F. Kennedy, who died in the most dramatic way possible. The other was C.S. Lewis, who died much quieter way in his apartment in London. Obviously the impact that JFK had on society and culture was enormous. But what about C.S. Lewis, what impact has he made on culture - was it even greater than that of JFK? As we commemorate the 50th anniversary of his death, Fr. Robert Barron explains the contribution of this apologist and evangelist.
This winter, SBS presented Better Man, the powerful true story of Van Nguyen, a young Vietnamese-Australian man who got caught trafficking drugs through Singapore and was eventually executed. Fr Jim McDermott SJ caught up with the author and director of this mini-series, Khoa Do, to ask him if he hopes sharing insights into the lives of people like Van Nguyen can make us more compassionate towards others.
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