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Five reasons to welcome US Manus deal

Tuesday 15 November 2016

By Frank Brennan SJ, Eureka Street
The Turnbull government has struck a deal with the USA which provides hope at last for the 1600 proven refugees on Manus Island and Nauru. There's still a lot of work to be done before these refugees, including children, can get on with their lives after three years of unnecessary, hopeless agony. I welcome the decision, and await the further detail.

Video: Collector says Vatican stamps, letters reveal fascinating church history

Monday 14 November 2016

By Dennis Sadowski, Catholic News Service

The 25-word message from an Italian prisoner of war to his wife at home in Italy is basic and mundane, almost simplistic. It had to be to get through the censors scanning World War II-era mail. ‘Dearest wife,’ the handwritten correspondence opens, ‘with this message I inform you of my good health as I hope that you, the children, my brother Salvatore are as well.’

Francis Sullivan says criticism of Catholic support for national redress ludicrous

Friday 11 November 2016

By Francis Sullivan, Truth Justice Healing Council 

Since the Turnbull Government announced its plans to set up a national redress scheme for the survivors of institutional child sex abuse some, not many, lawyers and commentators came out saying it is effectively a Catholic driven scheme designed to protect the bottom line.

Join the global campaign to combat gender-based violence

Wednesday 9 November 2016

ACRATH urges communities to join global campaign to combat gender-based violence ACRATH (Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans) is calling on Catholic parishes, schools and community organisations to join in the global campaign to mark the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence from 25 November 25 – 10 December 10 2016. The campaign urges people to work together to stop the trafficking of girls and women, an extreme form of violence. Many face forced labour in hazardous conditions with no chance of an education and no chance to escape from a cycle of poverty. 

Bishop Vincent Long: Reject ‘cruel and unnecessary’ government proposal

Monday 7 November 2016

Media Statement from Bishop Vincent Long ofm conv, Australian Catholic Bishops Delegate for Refugees 

The announcement by Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, and Minister for Immigration, Peter Dutton that the Government will introduce proposed legislation banning those who have arrived to Australia by boat from 19 July 2013 onwards from ever being able to apply for a visa to Australia is deeply disappointing. 

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