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East Timorese fruit pickers teach a lesson in faith to Bowen Catholics

AMID fears that labour shortages will leave crops unharvested due to coronavirus, one North Queensland community is singing the praises of Catholic pickers from East Timor. More than 100 East Timorese arrived in Bowen and have spent a full season picking capsicums, pumpkins and tomatoes, working hard to earn the respect of the local farmers, as well as the local ... Read More »

East Timorese Catholics take two carloads of donations to workers who lost everything in Bundaberg fire

BRISBANE’S East Timorese Catholic Community has reached out to help people from their homeland who lost their possessions in a recent Bundaberg fire. Lita Barreto, who is secretary and treasurer of the Brisbane group, and fellow community members drove to Bundaberg two weekends ago in two cars loaded with donations for the survivors of the fire. The Timorese seasonal workers ... Read More »

Aussie priest remembers East Timor’s troubled, violent beginnings and the glimmers of hope

AMID the bullets and terror surrounding East Timor’s vote for independence, an Australian priest witnessed the depth of humanity, but he also saw courage, spirit and glimmers of hope. “The faith of the Timorese was completely powerful,” Jesuit Father Peter Hosking, who headed the Jesuit Refugee Service in East Timor at the time of the independence vote 20 years ago ... Read More »

Path to freedom – looking back on the terror and hope 20 years after East Timor’s independence vote

IT is 20 years since East Timor, Australia’s neighbour, voted for independence, ending 24 years of often-brutal struggle against ruling Indonesia. East Timor, with its vast Catholic majority, has long been a focus for Australian parishes supporting human rights and justice. Thousands of Australian Catholics have worked, volunteered and donated their energies to support East Timor, where faith, hope and community ... Read More »

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