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More than a beautiful game, soccer brings communities together

NELSON Kimaru is a soccer guru. He played it where he was born in Tanzania, where he was schooled in Kenya and where he now lives in Brisbane. In Kenya, he was selected for the national soccer competition. When he came to Brisbane, he was looking for a way to play again. Nelson signed up for Kicking Goals Together – ... Read More »

Priest visiting from Vatican urges people to discover the humanity of migrants and refugees

SCALABRINIAN Father Fabio Baggio urged people to discover the human face of migrants and refugees. “We are not talking about numbers, we are talking about people,” Fr Baggio said. “The faces of people and stories of people are much more important than the numbers.” Fr Baggio, who leads the Vatican Dicastery for Integral Human Development Migrants and Refugees Section, addressed ... Read More »

Migrants and refugees bring energy and dynamism, says Bishop Vincent Long at Brisbane conference

PARRAMATTA Bishop Vincent Long has praised the contribution of waves of refugees and migrants to Australia during a seminar in Brisbane marking the start of a three-day national conference on Missionary Clergy and Religious in Australia. “Migrants and refugees always bring energy and dynamism to a new country,” Bishop Long said, speaking at the Ninth Bishop Joe Grech Memorial Colloquium ... Read More »

Offshore detention ‘has not been a success’, refugee advocate says as thousands rally for refugees

CATHOLIC leaders have denounced Australia’s tough offshore detention policy as thousands of people rallied in capital cities last weekend, calling for the release of about 800 refugees and asylum seekers remaining on Manus Island and Nauru. “As a bishop and a former boat person, I deplore the detention of our brothers and sisters,” chair of the Australian Catholic Bishops’ Commission ... Read More »

Mount Alvernia students rally for refugees, raising awareness for people in detention centres

CATHOLIC students at Mount Alvernia College, Kedron, rallied in support of greater human rights of boat people when they marked National Refugee Week (June 14-24). “It’s something very relevant to us as Australians because of our treatment of refugees held in detention centres,” college outreach captain Maya Ballantine said. “If there is injustice in our country we have to acknowledge ... Read More »

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