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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 »

Shaken but not broken – New Zealand unites in prayer and love after Christchurch tragedy

IN the wake of the Christchurch mosque attacks, New Zealand’s Cardinal John Dew joined thousands of Christians attending prayers in mosques and churches of different denominations – a quiet act of solidarity for inter-religious relations and ecumenism in the face of terror.  “Deep gratitude to the thousands of people who surrounded mosques all over the country and who stopped whatever ... Read More »

Christchurch attack highlights the first religious freedom – the freedom to worship safely

IN the wake of the Christchurch mosque attack, Australia’s religious schools, mosques, churches and synagogues are being offered $55 million in extra community grants to boost security. Announcing the grants, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said religious freedom started with the right to worship and meet in safety. “This must be the first freedom we secure, to practise their faith in ... Read More »

Leaders work for lasting peace to ‘promote harmony not discord’ after Christchurch massacre

BRISBANE archdiocese has expressed “solidarity” and promised to work with Muslim leaders “to combat hatred and violence”, after the terror attack that claimed at least 50 lives in two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. “Beyond Christchurch and New Zealand, the blood flowed right around the world; the entire human family has been grievously wounded by this violence,” Australian Catholic Bishops ... Read More »

Orlando shooting: God not ‘aggrieved spectator’, Archbishop Coleridge says

Orlando shooting

ORLANDO’S religious leaders stood as a “symbol of hope” for the 50 killed and 53 injured in the worst mass shooting in United States history on June 12. Bishop John Noonan of Orlando invited religious leaders, including Imam Tariq Rasheed and ministers from the local Baptist and Methodist churches, to an ecumenical prayer vigil at St James Cathedral, Orlando. The ... Read More »

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