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Massacre remembered, journalist Mark Bowling reflects on a shocking event in East Timor in 1999

JUST as we have been remembering the horrors of Rwanda 25 years ago, another anniversary passed almost unnoticed this month – the 20th anniversary of a Church massacre on Australia’s doorstep, in East Timor. In April 1999, five months before East Timor’s vote for independence, dozens of people were killed inside a priest’s house and church courtyard in the idyllic ... Read More »

Crossing a ‘void’ for the poor, a Christian Brother’s journey to the heart of the village

LEADER, teacher, village ambulance driver – Christian Brother Frank Hennessy has laboured for the best in people from Ballarat to East Timor. Br Hennessy was recently in Brisbane for the final thanksgiving at St Joseph’s Gregory Terrace as the Christian Brothers withdrew from East Timor. He worked in East Timor for five years as ministry leader where he changed the ... Read More »

Brisbane parish group empowered a remote, war-torn Catholic region of East Timor

BRISBANE parishioners have celebrated a mission accomplished after 18 years supporting projects in East Timor that have empowered a remote, war-torn Catholic community and yielded lifelong friendships. In 2000, parishioners of St John’s Wood/The Gap first heard about the plight of impoverished villagers in the mountainous region of Atabae, home to about 10,000 people in the west of East Timor. ... Read More »

Hitched to a hiker – Love finds its way all around the world for Guida and Markus

A HITCH-hiker meets a missionary in the middle of a tropical island –and that’s the beginning of a beautiful love story. That love story was celebrated as one to last forever when the hitch-hiker from Finland and the missionary, whose Portuguese family hailed from Mozambique, were married at a little country church on the outskirts of Brisbane recently. The odds ... Read More »

Young Catholics give impoverished Timorese children a health boost for Year of Youth

medicines for Timor

PANADOL won’t be literally out of reach for children who visit a small medical clinic in East Timor thanks to a group of young Catholics from Brisbane. Members of the St Stephen’s Cathedral Young Adults Ministry will send more than $5000 in donated medicines to a clinic in Maliana, Timor Leste, which serves impoverished families who can’t access basic healthcare. ... Read More »

Timorese priest helped by Burleigh parish attends new church Dedication Mass on the Gold Coast

Fr Evaristo Da Costa

A PRIEST who grew up hiding in a forest amongst East Timor’s independence fighters has praised the efforts of Queensland Catholics helping to rebuild his war-ravaged village. Fr Evaristo Da Costa travelled to Burleigh Heads to personally thank parishioners who have spent the past five years raising money and donating for the reconstruction of his parish’s St Teresinha College in ... Read More »

Josephine Sister seeks just outcome on Timor Gap

Josephite Sr Susan Connelly

JOSEPHITE nun and human rights advocate Josephite Sister Susan Connelly has urged Australians to maintain pressure on the Federal Government to negotiate a fair maritime boundary with East Timor. On January 9, Australia and East Timor agreed to begin negotiations on a permanent maritime boundary between the two countries – a significant shift which could potentially end years of dispute ... Read More »

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