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Archbishop Julian Porteous to Officiate at Funeral of Senator Brian Harradine
Last edited 15th April 2014

The family of Australia's longest serving independent senator, Brian Harradine who died at his home in Tasmania yesterday, has asked Archbishop Julian Porteous to preside at his funeral which is expected to be held at St Mary's Cathedral, Hobart at a date still to be decided.

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Pakistani Woman's Appeal on Blasphemy Charge Postponed Once Again
Last edited 14th April 2014

For the 4th time in the past two months, a court in Pakistan has postponed a hearing on the appeal of Asia Bibi, the Christian woman who was convicted of unsupported blasphemy charges.


Rev Columba Macbeth-Green Appointed as New Bishop of Wilcannia-Forbes, Australia
Last edited 13th April 2014

His Holiness Pope Francis has appointed the Reverend Columba Macbeth-Green, O.S.P.P.E. as the seventh Bishop of the Diocese of Wilcannia-Forbes. Reverend Macbeth-Green is currently the Vicar Provincial in Australia of the Order of Saint Paul the First Hermit (Pauline Fathers) and Rector of the Shrine of Mary Help of Christians, Marian Valley, Canungra, Queensland. Rev Macbeth-Green is also the Police Chaplain for the South Eastern Region, Queensland since 2011.

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What the Older and Wiser Think you Should Know
Last edited 10th April 2014

Do you think that it’s possible to love your day job? I’ve met many people who believe that such a thing is unattainable - that work is work and can never be anything more; much less something that brings any kind of joy.

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Why Schools Deny that Bullying Causes Suicide
Last edited 10th April 2014

I recently gave a presentation in a school where two weeks earlier a 15-year-old girl who had been cyber-bullied committed suicide. Every one of these suicides breaks my heart because I know how easily they could have been prevented had the kids been taught properly how to handle being bullied.

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Syria: Dutch Priest Fr Van Der Lugt Shot Dead in Homs
Last edited 8th April 2014

A Dutch priest well known for refusing to leave the besieged Syrian city of Homs has been shot dead by a gunman.

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You Won't Believe What Happened...
Last edited 7th April 2014

Have you noticed something about the way our news and current affairs headlines have changed lately? I have, and it’s starting to bug me just a little… OK maybe a lot! Marketing geniuses must have stumbled across some basic instinct common to us all, that if a title contains the words, “You won’t believe what happened …”, then some deep impulse is triggered leaving us unable to do anything other than click, read, like, and share.

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Revisiting Rwanda's Genocide 20 Years On
Last edited 7th April 2014

In all at least 800,000 people, mostly ethnic Tutsis, were murdered in the slaughter that started on April 7, 1994. Countless others were raped or maimed, and trauma is said to affect a third of the population.

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Australians Mourn Late Bishop Remembered for Ecumenism
Last edited 2nd April 2014

Christians, especially those in Australia, are mourning the death of Bishop Michael Putney, who was particularly committed to ecumenical dialogue. Bishop Putney was Bishop of Townsville, in the state of Queensland, from 2001 until his March 28 death. He had been living with stomach cancer for 18 months.

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My Life is Changed, Says Homeless Woman on Rome Pilgrimage
Last edited 1st April 2014

During a six-day trip to the Eternal City, Clarissa Salazar, who until recently lived on the streets in the U.S., said the visit has made a lasting impact on her, and is something for which she is grateful.

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