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Lifesaving drugs delivered by drone in Vanuatu to help ease infant mortality rates

Lifesaving drugs delivered by drone in Vanuatu to help ease infant mortality rates

ON the Pacific Island nation of Vanuatu nurse Dominic Viratos sometimes treks many hours across Pentecost Island delivering life-saving vaccines to vulnerable children. A slow journey from the island’s Catholic mission hospital in Melsisi through thick jungle often takes him to remote villages where no vehicle can travel. Delivering vaccines by foot means that the tiny hospital, founded by Marist ... Read More »

Kerala floods brings out compassionate side to humanity

Kerala floods brings out compassionate side to humanity

TORRENTIAL rain may have brought an entire Indian state under water, killing hundreds and leaving thousands stranded, but the people of Kerala have showed awe-inspiring resilience. Kerala’s monsoon season gave way to the state’s worst floods in 100 years, claiming the lives of 445 people and destroying entire properties. More than 220,000 people have been forced to take up refuge ... Read More »

Brisbane priest originally from Kerala says disastrous floods ‘the worst I’ve heard in my whole life’

Brisbane priest originally from Kerala says disastrous floods ‘the worst I’ve heard in my whole life’

INDIAN priests from Kerala, the southern Indian state experiencing the worst floods in 100 years, could only pray from their Brisbane presbyteries as they watched their home state disappear under water. “This is the worst I’ve heard in my whole life,” Yeronga parish priest and Kerala native Fr Josekutty Vadakkel said. Heavy rains and landslides during India’s customary June-July monsoon ... Read More »

‘Words are not enough’: Australian Bishops welcome Pope’s letter on abuse but call for action

‘Words are not enough’: Australian Bishops welcome Pope’s letter on abuse but call for action

THE Catholic bishops of Australia have welcomed Pope Francis’ letter to Catholics regarding sexual abuse in the Church. Australian Catholic Bishops Conference president Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge said the letter, released on August 20, included important words from Pope Francis, but noted words were not enough. “Now is the time for action on many levels – one of which is ... Read More »

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 »

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