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The COVID-19 Conspiracy

In last week’s blog article, I quoted Charles Eisenstien’s prophetic words, when reflecting on the current crisis over the COVID-19 pandemic, “COVID-19 is like a rehab intervention that breaks the addictive hold of normality. To interrupt a habit is to … Continue reading

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The Threat from the Right

I was taken aback last week when I heard ASIO (Australian Security Intelligence Organisation) director-general Mike Burgess naming neo-Nazi groups as one of Australia’s most serious security threats. In his first annual threat assessment from Canberra, he expressed concern at … Continue reading

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The Media Fuelling Racism

I did not believe, until recently, that there was significant racism in Australia. I am a migrant myself, born in the Philippines of Spanish blood, and immigrated with my family when I was 11 years old, in 1972. At that … Continue reading

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Heroes with Clay Feet

The first time I saw the film, Ghandi, staring Ben Kingsley, I felt truly inspired. Ghandi struck me as a truly Christ-like figure, especially through his commitment to non-violence. I thought that he lived a life equivalent to the lives … Continue reading

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Muslims in Church

Last night I saw an article on the news about a far-right nationalist group, that links itself to One Nation Party leader Pauline Hanson, who stormed a church service on Sunday dressed in Muslim-style attire and chanting anti-Islamic slogans. I could … Continue reading

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The Marrakesh Declaration

In the lead-up to Easter, UK Prime Minister David Cameron committed his government to fighting the persecution of Christians abroad, saying no group is under more pressure for its faith. He is not alone in making the claim. In February, … Continue reading

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Border Protection Paranoia

On the 12th of May, Immigration Minister Scott Morrison announced a major shake-up in Australian border security administration. Operation Sovereign Borders (OSB) is effectively to become merged into a powerful new permanent ‘super-agency’. In the course of the coming year, … Continue reading

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Thrown to the Lions Again!

As a member of Amnesty international, I receive e-petitions concerning various issues around the world. On the 19th of February I received a request form Amnesty to sign an e-petition urging the African Union to take action to prevent further … Continue reading

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Letter to the Pope on the Indigenous

The Passionist Congregation is registered as an NGO (Non-Government Organisation) at the United Nations. Our representative there, along with other religious organisations that are either NGO’s registered there or otherwise observers, recently wrote an open letter to Pope Francis on … Continue reading

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Sojourn in Africa

In this month’s blog article, I thought I would depart from the norm and share with you about the recent travels of one of our fellows. Peter Gardiner, CP, is a member of the Passionist’s JPIC Committee for the Holy … Continue reading

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