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Capuchin mission in PNG ‘under threat’ following devastating earthquake, Mendi bishop says

Capuchin mission in PNG ‘under threat’ following devastating earthquake, Mendi bishop says

AFTER earthquakes and tribal violence in Papua New Guinea’s Highlands, 270,000 people need immediate life-saving assistance, almost half of them children, while security remains “unpredictable”, according to a United Nations report. “Access to clean water, food, sanitation, nutrition and health services remain immediate concerns,” a report by the UN’s child relief agency, UNICEF, said. UNICEF has grave concerns for the ... Read More »

Is there a militant resurgence in Indonesia, the largest Muslim-majority nation?

Is there a militant resurgence in Indonesia, the largest Muslim-majority nation?

THE latest church bombings in Indonesia show the same trademark of fear that gripped the country almost a generation ago, and now once again threatens Christians, many of whom are from the ethnic Chinese minority, and make up about nine per cent of Indonesia’s 260 million people. Wind the clock back to Christmas Eve 2000. Orchestrated attacks on churches in ... Read More »

Missionary Sister released from detention calls Australians to support human rights causes in Philippines

Missionary Sister released from detention calls Australians to support human rights causes in Philippines

UPDATE: The Philippines Government has ordered Sr Patricia Fox to leave the mainly Catholic southeast Asian country within 30 days after immigration authorities revoked her missionary visa for joining protest rallies. The immigration bureau has demanded Sr Fox leave the Philippines after “she was found to have engaged in activities that are not allowed under the terms and conditions of ... Read More »

Murder and mayhem escalating after devastating PNG earthquake

Murder and mayhem escalating after devastating PNG earthquake

DEVASTATING tribal violence has escalated in the remote highlands of Papua New Guinea, hampering Catholic relief efforts after earthquakes destroyed crops and displaced an estimated 35,000 villagers. The February 26 earthquake and aftershocks that followed killed 125 people and some of the region’s most remote areas are still cut off from assistance. Tremors have continued since the quake, causing distress ... Read More »

‘Tireless worker’ Australian nun Sr Patricia Fox released but facing possible deportation

‘Tireless worker’ Australian nun Sr Patricia Fox released but facing possible deportation

A 71-year-old Australian missionary nun has been released by Philippines authorities after a day in detention, but still faces possible deportation. Bureau of Immigration agents arrested Sr Patricia Fox, mother superior of the Our Lady of Sion congregation in the Philippines, on April 16 because she was deemed an “undesirable alien” for joining “political activities and anti-government demonstrations”. Sr Fox ... Read More »

Caritas Australia commits thousands of dollars to support Typhoon Tembin survivors

Caritas Australia commits thousands of dollars to support Typhoon Tembin survivors

CARITAS Australia has sent $50,000 to assist a region in the Philippines that was thrashed by a tropical cyclone just before Christmas. Typhoon Tembin, also known in the Philippines as Typhoon Vinta, hit the Caraga municipality on the north-eastern section of the island of Mindanao on December 24, leaving at least 267 people dead. Staff and volunteers from Caritas’ international ... Read More »

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 »

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