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Reconciliation walk just a beginning

THE huge number of people who turned out last weekend to walk across the Sydney Harbour Bridge shows that Australians have overwhelmingly embraced the cause of indigenous reconciliation...

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Constitutional racism

THE Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation's "Roadmap for Reconciliation", a document which names racial discrimination as part of our Commonwealth's "unfinished business", recommends the removal of Section 25 from the Australian Constitution...

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On an ecumenical journey

THIS week's People story in the printed version of The Catholic Leader is about Br Ghislain of Taize, the ecumenical community in France which is renowned for its meditational and monastic lifestyle...

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Fireworks death a salutory lesson

THE tragic way 11 year-old Dominique Baxendell's life was extinguished at Holy Spirit School, Bray Park on the night of Saturday, May 20, is the reason the sale of fireworks to the general public was banned many years ago...

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Bringing experience and maturity to priesthood

In this week's People profile, ex-former federal minister, ALP senator and ambassador-turned-priest Michael Tate talks about his unusual move from the secular world of politics to the more spiritual realm of the priesthood, following his ordination in Hobart earlier this month...

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Tireless Pope turns 80

POPE John Paul turned 80 on Thursday, an age at which most people are ready to slow down and take life a little easier...

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Defining the family

AS Queensland president of the Australian Family Association, I attended the gathering in Melbourne entitled "Family - Dare to Dream" and I must take up the issue of the definition of family referred to both in your editorial (CL7/5/00) and the subsequent letter by Chris Christensen (CL 14/5/00)...

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Ray of hope amid tragedy

IN this week's People profile, Franciscan Missionary of Mary Sister Pamela Barker tells how, by co-ordinating fundraising for Zoe's Place, a planned Brisbane hospice and respite centre for children with life-limiting illnesses, she also hopes to help save the marriages of their parents...

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