NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. NAIDOC is celebrated not only in Indigenous communities, but by Australians from all walks of life. The week is a great opportunity to participate in a range of activities and to support your local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.
God and comedy clubs are not generally something most families throw together; then again, most families don’t create a cable comedy show either.
For decades, Sir Nicholas Winton hardly spoke of what he'd done. But when Winton died at the age of 106, Britain's prime minister said that his actions were something the world should always remember.
In 1996, a black teenager protected a white man from an angry mob who thought he supported the racist Ku Klux Klan. It was an act of extraordinary courage and kindness - and is still inspiring people today.
Recetly we have seen some remarkable stories of forgiveness in our news. Given that we are approaching the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, it’s good to reflect on how we are seeing mercy played out in our times.
The Vatican has introduced the working document for the Synod of Bishops on the family. The text reflects the results of the first Synod and also offers important new information.
A gutsy group of Californian surfers, young and old, were named record-holders after they managed to clamber onto a custom-built board and ride a wave for 12 seconds.They smashed the previous record held by Australia, which was broken in Queensland about a decade ago when 47 surfers rode a wave for 10 seconds.
Year 12 student at Hinchinbrook's Good Samaritan College, Sheneli Meneripityage Dona joined delegates from 54 countries late last month for the United Nations Special General Assembly on Youth. Not only was the 17-year-old inspired by the address given by UN Secretary General, Ban Ki- Moon but she won the support and encouragement of two of the UN's outstanding leaders for youth and women's affairs.
Satoko Kitahara was always an unlikely Catholic convert. She was born in Japan during the summer of 1929, and her aristocratic family could trace its bloodline to ancient Japanese Samurai. But now she has been declared a Servant of God. One day, Kitahara could even become a Blessed or a Saint.
On Friday 22 May, Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP spoke to the ABC's RN Breakfast Radio National program about the Ballarat hearings and the current approach of the Church in Australia to compensation for, and the pastoral care of, survivors of child sexual abuse. Archbishop Fisher spoke of how the victims' stories, the failures of leaders and the betrayal of trust by priests sickens him and brings him to tears.
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