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Remembering Rex Scambary, the softly-spoken Kiwi raconteur who travelled the world

REX Scambary, one of the legion of New Zealand journalists who made a powerful contribution to Australian media, has died in Melbourne aged 89. From 1958 to 1984, Rex worked with the Australian Information Service  under its various titles.  The Commonwealth’s overseas information agency provided journalists as media officers to all major Australian diplomatic posts. The genial Mr Scambary served ... 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 »

Men stepping out in faith

MenALIVE Renewal of Church

SEARCHING for life’s deeper meaning does not come easily to many men in today’s hectic world. However, more than 200 men from across Australia and New Zealand took time out to attend menALIVE to the MAX, a national Catholic men’s gathering in Brisbane from July 14-16. Described as the largest “Catholic gathering of men in Australia or New Zealand”, attendees ... Read More »

Drug dealer turns life around

Former drug dealer changes life

KRISTIAN Rimene left a notorious life as a drug dealer to become a regular volunteer for one of Brisbane’s drop-in centres for the city’s vulnerable. Mr Rimene, a former security guard from Christchurch, New Zealand, moved to New South Wales in 2000, working for some of the Sydney’s most “influential people” in the clubbing scene. After moving to the Gold ... Read More »

Inspiring NZ bishop to visit

Bishop Colin

DUNEDIN’S “humble” Bishop Colin Campbell will share his thoughts on the theological “DNA” of Catholics when he visits Brisbane next month. Invited by the Catholic Charismatic Renewal Brisbane, Bishop Campbell will visit eight parishes in the Brisbane archdiocese between Southport to Hervey Bay from July 3 to 12. He will talk on Christians and their identity in Christ. CCR Brisbane ... Read More »

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