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Two bombs detonated inside a southern Philippines cathedral condemned as ‘heinous’ and ‘evil’

Two bombs detonated inside a southern Philippines cathedral condemned as ‘heinous’ and ‘evil’

EXPLOSIONS set off during a Mass inside the Cathedral of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in the city of Jolo, south Philippines, have killed at least 20 people and injured 100 others. Ucanews.com reported the Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the January 27 bombing. Apostolic administrator of Jolo Fr Romeo Saniel said those who perished “died for their Christian ... Read More »

Echoes of history cry out in the souls of Venezuelans fighting to retake their democracy

Echoes of history cry out in the souls of Venezuelans fighting to retake their democracy

DESPERATE and starving Venezuelans have turned to eating rats, dogs and even zoo animals over the past year as spiralling hyper-inflation kills their economy. An estimated three million Venezuelans have fled the country since its economic collapse began in 2015. With all the tragedy and misery, it was difficult for many Venezuelans to find anything worth celebrating on its national ... Read More »

Atheists and Christians can enjoy sympathetic and interesting conversations about religion

Atheists and Christians can enjoy sympathetic and interesting conversations about religion

RELIGION is one topic that should never be discussed at the dinner table, so the old maxim goes. And, for years, atheists and Christians have been considered poles apart on this topic.  According to Australian Catholic University’s Professor David Newheiser, this caricature is based on a false premise. Prof Newheiser is part of an international collaborative project called Atheism and ... Read More »

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 »

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