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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.


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”.


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 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.


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.


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.

Three Aboriginal Elders Honoured - NAIDOC Week
Last edited 10th July 2014

Three outstanding Aboriginal Elders and members of the Archdiocese of Sydney's Aboriginal Catholic Ministry were honoured by the Church of Reconciliation at La Perouse on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Sunday which marked the start of NAIDOC week.

JRS Slams Asylum Seeker Screening
Last edited 8th July 2014

The Jesuit Refugee Service Australia (JRS) is deeply concerned about reports that Australia has intercepted two boatloads of Sri Lankan asylum seekers near Christmas Island and the Cocos Islands and has planned a mid-ocean transfer to the Sri Lankan Navy after conducting a mere four-question assessment of the asylum seekers via video link.

Stop the War on Boys in Classrooms
Last edited 7th July 2014

What ever happened to letting "boys be boys?" Take these two cases: In one, a seven-year-old boy was sent home for nibbling a Pop Tart into a gun. In another, a teacher was so alarmed by a picture drawn by a student (of a sword fight), that the boy's parents were summoned in for a conference.

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