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Almost two million people calling for a vote on independence from Indonesia

Almost two million people calling for a vote on independence from Indonesia

A WEST Papuan independence leader has described handing an historic petition to the United Nations as representing “the blood and bones of his people”. More than 1.8 million West Papuans defied the Indonesian Government by signing a banned petition demanding a new vote for independence. An estimated 70 per cent of West Papuans signed the petition as it was smuggled ... Read More »

Pope Francis pushes for peace during Colombia visit

Pope Francis pushes for peace during Colombia visit

POPE Francis arrived in Colombia for a Papal visit at a delicate time–  a 2016 peace treaty between the biggest leftist rebel group and the elected government is being implemented to put an end to a 52-year civil conflict. The deal disarms and demobilises the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (known as the FARC, from their Spanish initials), but there ... Read More »

Croatian priest appointed as link between Rome and Beijing says Church in China is ‘living in semi-freedom’

Croatian priest appointed as link between Rome and Beijing says Church in China is ‘living in semi-freedom’

THE title on his business card gives little away – Holy See Study Mission, Hong Kong. For the past seven-and-a-half years, Monsignor Ante Jozic, an astute Croatian who previously worked at the Holy See nunciature in Moscow, has held one of the Catholic Church’s most delicate and intriguing diplomatic positions anywhere in the world. Working under the innocuous “study mission” ... Read More »

‘Our people are struggling simply to survive’: Horn of Africa experiencing worst famine since WWII

‘Our people are struggling simply to survive’: Horn of Africa experiencing worst famine since WWII

Overseas help: Caritas Australia chief executive officer Paul O’Callaghan visiting Kitui, Kenya, where he met communities and families impacted by drought. Photo: Caritas Australia. FAMINE in the Horn of Africa is shaping as the biggest humanitarian crisis since the Second World War, an Australian Catholic aid expert says. “It is unnerving when you see the scale of the disaster,” Caritas ... Read More »

Church opens centre for child victims of domestic violence in Papua New Guinea

Church opens centre for child victims of domestic violence in Papua New Guinea

A NEW focus on domestic violence in Papua New Guinea has revealed the Church at the forefront of providing for child victims. In a country where Human Rights Watch estimates 70 per cent of women are raped during their lifetime, the Archdiocese of Mt Hagen has built a care centre for vulnerable children, which its Australian designer says could be ... Read More »

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