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Meriam Ibrahim Had No Idea She Was Going to Meet Pope Francis
Last edited 28th July 2014

Meriam Ibrahim had come to expect the unexpected. First she was thrown into prison on charges of apostasy. Then on May 15 she was sentenced to hang for the crime of abandoning Islam to become a Christian - even though she maintained she had never been a Muslim in the first place. She was released by Sudan’s supreme court on June 23, yet when she tried to leave the country three days later, she was detained once more - accused of forging her travel documents.

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Meriam Meets Pope Francis after Arriving in Italy
Last edited 24th July 2014

Meriam Yahia Ibrahim Ishag and her family were received by the pontiff at his home for a 30-minute meeting in which he thanked her for her 'courageous testament of faith' and her 'tenacity', the Vatican said in a statement.

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Bishop Peter Ingham Celebrates 50 years as Priest with Letter from Pope Francis
Last edited 22nd July 2014

Bishop Peter Ingham was surprised last week to receive a letter from Pope Francis congratulating him on his 50th anniversary as a priest on Friday 18 July 2014.The letter from Pope Francis, in Latin, conveyed his good wishes and blessing upon Bishop Ingham, the clergy and the people of the Diocese of Wollongong.

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At Least 36 Australians Including a Sydney Religious Sister Among the MH17 Tragedy
Last edited 20th July 2014

A Sydney Catholic nun was among the 28 Australian citizens, as well as 8 permanant residents, known to have died in the Ukrainian Malaysian Airlines MH17 disaster which killed all 298 on board. Sister Philomene Tiernan was a member of the Religious Sisters of the Sacred Heart. She was also a much loved staff member of the Catholic girls' school Kincoppal-Rose Bay School.

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Catholic Archbishop Says Abuse Victims are 'The New Missionaries'
Last edited 18th July 2014

Archbishop Christopher Prowse does not know how the Catholic Church may move forward in the wake of its recent sex abuse scandals but he is convinced the victims will be a part of any solution. Appointed to lead the Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn last September, Archbishop Prowse said he had been humbled and inspired by “the raw courage of so many victims of clerical sex abuse as children”.

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Don’t look up. Always Look Down: Wisdom from a Bangla Nanna
Last edited 16th July 2014

Just 6 weeks ago I was living in Neutral Bay, one of the wealthiest suburbs in Sydney, but now I live in Dhaka, Bangladesh (recently judged the world’s most unliveable city, again). I am here for one year volunteering with a local non-government organisation in environmental advocacy and communications.


People Power Forces Wicked Campers to Withdraw Misogynistic Marketing
Last edited 17th July 2014

Wicked Campers withdraws sexist slogans from vans after 110,000-strong change.org petition; petition starter Paula Orbea says it’s a “people powered win against sexism” The campervan company at the centre of a people-powered revolt over sexist van slogans has today issued an apology and committed to reviewing and removing sexist or misogynistic marketing from all vans in the next six months.

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Forgotten Legacy: Untold stories of Chinese Anzacs remembered
Last edited 16th July 2014

As the centenary of World War One approaches, the soldiers who fought on the front lines are being honoured. Like many other Chinese Australians, Benjamin Moy Ling served with the Australian army.

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Philippines' Charismatic Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle to Visit Australia
Last edited 14th July 2014

He is a Cardinal with a huge Facebook following and his homilies are among the most searched for on YouTube. Now Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, the inspiring, charismatic and spiritual leader of the Philippines' 75.5 million Catholics is headed for Australia.

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Punished by Axe: Bonded Labour in India's Brick Kilns
Last edited 11th July 2014

India's economy is the 10th largest in the world, but millions of the country's workers are thought to be held in conditions little better than slavery. One man's story - which some may find disturbing - illustrates the extreme violence that some labourers are subjected to.


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