It is almost 20 years since Nelson Mandela's struggle against apartheid culminated in South Africa's first multi racial election.But what lasting changes has he brought to a country that still sees a massive social divide between rich and poor?
Father Renato Chiera has been a priest for 46 years and for 36 of those, he has lived in Brazil, in the outskirts of Rio. He says that for nine years, he saw children get murdered in drug wars. But the final straw, came when he found 30 dead people in his parish. In 1986 he decided to build a shelter for homeless teens. Now that home, the 'Casa do Menor' has 25 centers all over Brazil, providing medical care, education and even sports.
Maltese singer Robert Galea goes beyond numbers: he is just 32 years-old and has already recorded 3 music albums and is preparing to release the fourth one in April. He has also played along with Australian superstars like Guy Sebastian, Paulini and Gary Pinto. But perhaps the most striking fact in Robert Galea's life is that he is capable of combining his musical career with his vocation as a parish priest.
The Bandjalang, a clan of the wider Bunjalung people in NSW, have won native title over a large number of national parks, state forests and Crown lands in the state’s north. Bandjalang claim number 1 was lodged in 1996 and the bigger Bandjalang claim 2 was lodged in 1998. They both cover 2,700 square kilometres.
Dale Williams is Mayor of Otorohanga and Chair of the Mayors Taskforce for Jobs. A certified motorcycle engineer by trade, Dale has first-hand experience launching and growing successful motorcycle dealerships and training young people through apprenticeship programs. Passionate about helping young people achieve the best career outcomes for their personal circumstances, Dale is an advocate of non-academic vocational pathways, realising that not all young people are suited to tertiary education.
The India-Pakistan partition in 1947 separated many friends and families overnight. A granddaughter in India decides to surprise her grandfather on his birthday by reuniting him with his childhood friend (who is now in Pakistan) after over 6 decades of separation, with a little help from Google Search.
Today is the 77th birthday of Pope Francis! Can you imagine starting a new job at his age? What an incredible example for all of us – you are never too old, or too young, to change the world. Pope Francis has surprised Catholic and non-Catholic alike during this Pontificate so far – he is the first Jesuit Pope, the first to take the name ‘Francis’, he has made himself very accessible to all people, and he has embraced modern methods of communication to bring the Gospel to the masses. As we celebrate his birthday today, here is an interview with Fr. Tony Percy, Rector of the Seminary of the Good Shepherd in Sydney, on the legacy of Pope Francis.
Two famous men died on 22 November 1963 - one was John F. Kennedy, who died in the most dramatic way possible. The other was C.S. Lewis, who died much quieter way in his apartment in London. Obviously the impact that JFK had on society and culture was enormous. But what about C.S. Lewis, what impact has he made on culture - was it even greater than that of JFK? As we commemorate the 50th anniversary of his death, Fr. Robert Barron explains the contribution of this apologist and evangelist.
Pope Francis welcomed Argentine soccer superstar Carlos Tevez. The Juventus player was joined by his family. And even though gifts are often exchanged near the end, the athlete's youngest daughter was unable to wait til then.
Christopher and Nicholas Capozziello are twin brothers who live three miles apart in Milford, Connecticut. Born prematurely in 1980, Chris was delivered first and went on to flourish. Nick, delivered five minutes later, stopped breathing and had to receive intensive care. Before their second birthday Nick was diagnosed with cerebral palsy,which continues to affect his life.
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