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Activists protest guns in churches on Anzac Day

gun protest

A FATHER and son, members of the Catholic Worker movement, have demonstrated against soldiers carrying rifles in churches during Anzac Day commemorations. Jim Dowling and his son Franz took their action to the steps of St Stephen’s Cathedral in Brisbane last week, where an Anzac Day service honoured the actions of military service men and women. “There are soldiers with ... Read More »

Families pray and recall sacrifice of loved ones killed in war 100 years ago

Val Davidson looks at the honour roll

UNTIL two weeks ago, Val Davidson believed only one place honoured the memory of her uncle who never returned home from the First World War. Charleville-native Private John Joseph Kenny, who is Mrs Davidson’s father’s older brother, died on his first day of battle in Gaza, Egypt, on April 19, 1917. He was only 23. Mrs Davidson had seen his ... Read More »

‘I’ll never hold another rifle or gun in my hand again’: Vietnam War veteran Peter Handy on the meaning of Anzac Day

Veterans Support Centre president Peter Handy

PETER Handy finds nothing glorious about war. His lips tighten and a tear forms when asked what Anzac Day means for him. “It brings out every emotion,” Mr Handy, 67, recalling his own national service years spent with the 8th Field Ambulance during the Vietnam War, said. As president of the Veterans Support Centre Queensland at Nerang, he is passionate ... Read More »

Timorese guerrilla fighter joins students and veterans at Brisbane Anzac Day commemoration

Timorese veteran meets Catholic school students

TIMOR Leste’s independence struggle veteran Mau Buti spent 24 years as a guerrilla fighter living in the mountains. Last week Mr Buti mingled with Australian students and veterans as he and 30 Timorese veterans accompanied his country’s President-elect Francisco Guterres on a visit to Queensland to strengthen veteran ties and take part in Anzac Day commemorations. In Brisbane’s Anzac Square ... Read More »

Raising voices for their heroes

Gallipoli choir

By Emilie Ng BEFORE sunlight breaks in Gallipoli on April 25, 34 young Queenslanders will let out their first note in a moving tribute to Australia’s First World War heroes and heroines. Students and alumni from two Brisbane Catholic schools, St Joseph’s College, Gregory Terrace and All Hallows’ School, flew into Turkey one week before Anzac Day to prepare for ... Read More »

Faith on the frontline

Memories from war

By Emilie Ng ACROSS the sea, a young Australian venerates his finger-worn St Benedict’s medal, praying with reasonable doubt if he will ever return home from war-torn France. He rubs the medal with his left hand, all too aware that it will be the hand he depends on for the rest of his life. Private Edmond William Carmody Bourke enlisted ... Read More »

A moment full of hope

Anzac Cove boat

This is Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge’s homily from the 2014 ANZAC Day Mass in St Stephen’s Cathedral. ON this enormous island, with its endless coasts and waters, and in this most urbanised of all cultures, the beach occupies a very important place in the Australian psyche, not just physically but also symbolically. We can even speak in Australia of there ... Read More »

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