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

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 »

Cyclone-ravaged southern Africa ‘devastated’ as aid organisations count the cost

Cyclone-ravaged southern Africa ‘devastated’ as aid organisations count the cost

LOSS, interruption and destruction – millions of people were desolated after Cyclone Idai hit Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi late last month. Jesuit Conference of Africa and Madagascar president Fr Agbonkhianmeghe Orobator said his thoughts and prayers were with the hundreds who had died and the millions affected. “The Jesuits in Africa and Madagascar join the rest of Africa and the ... Read More »

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 »

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