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Northern Australia’s first missionary priest remembered 170 years later

Fr Angelo Confalonieri

AT the long-abandoned British settlement in Northern Australia, a crumbling grave vault marks the resting place of an extraordinary pioneering Catholic missionary. The largely forgotten story of Father Angelo Confalonieri has come alive, after the Consulate of Italy for Queensland and the Northern Territory and the Diocese of Darwin hosted a symposium on July 12 to commemorate his life, and, ... Read More »

Central Australia’s Arrernte people can now read the Bible in their own language

Arrernte aboriginal bibles

ABOUT 5000 central Australian Aborigines are now able to read the Bible in their own Arrernte language. “It’s a project that has taken more than twenty-five years,” Divine Word Missionaries Father Prakash Menezes, who is assistant priest at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Parish in Alice Springs, said. “Having their own language Bible allows people their own identity now. ... Read More »

Indigenous communities unite to take urgent action to help women

No More Violence

THREE senior indigenous women have hailed the campaign called No More which uses sporting codes’ notions of fair play and respect as a successful way to curb the epidemic of family violence in Aboriginal communities. The campaign started with football teams in the Northern Territory linking arms before a game – in a silent and sincere pledge to end violence ... Read More »

Indigenous culture should be in Australian classrooms, graduating Catholic Torres Strait student says

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INDIGENOUS high school graduate Sahamar Ruben wants Australia’s education curriculum to include studies in Indigenous culture for the sake of non-indigenous students. Miss Ruben, a Torres Strait Islander student from St Peter Claver College, Riverview, said an Indigenous culture class would educate Australians on the rich culture of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.  The grandchild of two Thursday Islanders, Miss Ruben ... Read More »

Torres Strait beauty shines in Australia’s first Aboriginal Model Search

Temanu O'Brien-Schmidt

INDIGENOUS beauty Temanu O’Brien-Schmidt is planning to put the “small islands” of the Torres Strait on the map if she becomes Australia’s next Aboriginal Supermodel. The Torres Strait Islander and Lourdes Hill College Year 8 student was selected as a national finalist for the first Aboriginal Model Search in Australia, to be held in Sydney on October 1. “I first ... Read More »

Faith woman Malarndirri McCarthy primed for Senate role

Senator Malarndirri McCarthy

ON the eve of being formally declared the Northern Territory’s new Labor senator, Malarndirri McCarthy, like many Australians, sat watching television transfixed and appalled at images of cruel and haunting abuse in youth detention centres. “When Australians can sit and watch a young child be brutalised in the fashion that we saw on Four Corners, Australians right across the country ... Read More »

NAIDOC Week family fun day brings culture together

NAIDOC Week

THOUSANDS across south-east Queensland turned out to take part in the NAIDOC Week family fun day at Brisbane’s Musgrave Park on July 8. “It’s bringing all the culture into one spot and showing our achievements,” David Miller, a team member with the Archdiocese of Brisbane’s Murri Ministry, said. Featuring song, traditional dance, and art and crafts, the event is one of ... Read More »

Midwifery student has dream to see more indigenous midwives

Stephanie Archibald

WHEN Stephanie Archibald had her two children, the midwives who attended the birth were so wonderful she was inspired to switch her studies to become one herself. Ms Archibald, a Bigambul woman, whose traditional country straddles the inland border between Queensland and New South Wales, changed from studying forensic science at QUT, to a three-year Bachelor of Midwifery degree at Australian ... Read More »

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