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Devastation from Cyclone Idai ‘getting bigger by the hour’ as its full effect is felt across Mozambique

Devastation from Cyclone Idai ‘getting bigger by the hour’ as its full effect is felt across Mozambique

CYCLONE Idai has wrought “massive disaster” across southern Africa that could affect millions. The cyclone made landfall in Mozambique’s central port city of Beira on March 14, and cut the city off, trapping 500,000 people. Cyclone Idai wreaked havoc – official estimates say it could leave almost a million people in destitution and millions more in dire circumstances. The city’s ... Read More »

Three cases of self harm in two days on Manus Island prompts letter to PNG Prime Minister

Three cases of self harm in two days on Manus Island prompts letter to PNG Prime Minister

A LETTER penned by the Papua New Guinea and Solomon Island’s Bishops Conference general secretary Fr Giorgio Licini has called for the closure of Manus Island detention centre.  The letter comes as the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award was awarded to Manus Island refugee Behrouz Boochani. Mr Boochani’s novel, No Friend But the Mountains: Writing from Manus Prison, won Australia’s most ... Read More »

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 »

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