While videos of Australians taking a stand against offensive behaviour have gone viral in recent years, a survey of Victorians shows less than a third of bystanders would say or do something if they witnessed racism. There are many reasons people do not intervene. "The most important one is the fear of violence, being targeted yourself as a result of speaking up," said researcher Jacqueline Nelson, who is conducting a study of responses to racism at the University of Technology Sydney.
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.
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.
The suicides of two medical residents in New York City last fall have thrown a spotlight on a real problem among health care professionals, particularly physicians. Medical students, residents and practicing physicians commonly report symptoms of burnout and depression. Rates vary depending on the group, but range from 20-60%.
Last week, Archbishop Jose H. Gomez of Los Angeles told scholars at the Dorothy Day Conference at St. Francis University that the social activist was not converted by ideology, but by love.
It’s a good thing Brother Angelus wears glasses, otherwise it would be really hard to tell him apart from Brother Innocent. It’s tricky enough as it is, given that they’re brother-Brothers: siblings and consecrated Franciscan Friars of the Renewal (or CFRs). They’re also twins – or rather, two-thirds of a triplet. Their triplet sister Katie is (no, not a nun) back home in Nebraska with her husband and family.
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