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Remembering Barry O'Keefe
Last edited 29th April 2014

I first met Barry O'Keefe in the early 1970s in the course of the Sydney Law School annual mooting competition. Members of the Bar and the Bench volunteered to act as judges, as two teams of two argued for and against some esoteric proposition of law, in a make believe appellate forum. Barry was assigned as our judge.

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Boy, 15, ‘Fatally Stabs Catholic Schoolteacher Anne Maguire’
Last edited 28th April 2014

A 15-YEAR-OLD boy has allegedly stabbed to death his teacher at a Catholic school in a rare attack on educational staff. Anne Maguire, a 61-year-old Spanish teacher, suffered multiple stab wounds in the incident which was witnessed by other children at Corpus Christi Catholic College in Leeds, northern England on Monday.Prime Minister David Cameron was among those offering their condolences.


Swedish 'Megachurch' Leader Explains His Conversion to Catholicism
Last edited 27th April 2014

On Sunday March 9, Ulf Ekman stood nervously before the congregation of the Word of Life church in Uppsala. Dressed in a suit and pale blue tie, the Swedish pastor looked out at the faces of those whose delights and hardships he had shared since he founded the megachurch in 1983.

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As Sewol crew is scorned, young worker hailed as heroine
Last edited 22nd April 2014

Incheon, South Korea (CNN) -- The number of crew members charged is rising, and so is the anger that families feel.

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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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