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Remembering the prison community Remembering the prison community

Remembering the prison community

Thursday 9 November 2017

Most Rev Terence Brady, 
Chairman, Bishops Commission for Pastoral Life 
Twelve months ago the Holy Father initiated the Jubilee for Prisoners as part of the Year of Mercy. The Australian Church responded and participated. I was personally touched by hand-written letters of thanks from prisoners who received the ACBC’s Message to Prisoners.  

Bishop Vincent Long speaks on the closure of Manus Island

Monday 6 November 2017

Vincent Long Van Nguyen OFM Conv, Bishop Delegate for Migrants and Refugees

The safety and wellbeing of more than 600 asylum seekers on Manus Island are at risk following the closure of the regional processing centre. These men, most of whom are proven refugees were held in mandatory and indefinite detention under an agreement between the Australian and PNG Governments. Now after more than 4 years, this agreement has not worked. It has failed to provide welfare and safety to the detainees. Furthermore, very few have been resettled elsewhere.

Film Review: Brigsby Bear

Monday 6 November 2017

Film Review: Brigsby Bear

BRIGSBY BEAR. Kyle Mooney, Claire Danes, Mark Hamill, Greg Kinnear, Andy Samberg, Matt Walsh, Michaela Watkins. Directed by Dave McCary. 109 minutes. Rated M (Sex scenes and drug use).

Reviewed by Callum Ryan, Australian Catholic Office for Film & Broadcasting

In ‘Brigsby Bear’, a man in his mid-20s finds out that his entire existence has been a lie. The people he calls Mum and Dad are really his abductors. The protective bunker that he calls his home is really his prison. The television show that he watches obsessively is really a homemade blend of propaganda and educational tool. In its bizarre clash of naivety and cynicism, all set against an unusual but sweet coming-of-age tale, ‘Brigsby Bear’ is a unique and winning film.

Funding furore a political risk: MPs warn

Monday 6 November 2017

Rebecca Urban, The Australian

Federal Education Minister Simon Birmingham is under pressure to cough up $330 million to appease the Catholic education sector, amid concerns the growing furore around school funding will have serious political consequences.

With some Catholic schools blaming the Turnbull government’s Gonksi 2.0 funding package for next year’s fee rises, the National Catholic Education Commission has ramped up its campaign calling for anomalies in the system to be corrected.