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17 December 2012


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A letter to: Uluru

17 December 2012 | Michael McGirr

Dear Uluru, You rock!
I'm serious. Speaking as one major tourist attraction to another, I have always wanted to write and let you know how much I admire you.


Experiencing the sacred as an Indigenous man

18 December 2012 | Peter Smith

Experiencing the sacred as an Indigenous manMy name is Peter Smith, and I'm from the Aboriginal and Islander Catholic Council in Mt Isa, Queensland. Every month people from the council 'go bush' for a prayer session, held in a dry creek bed a short drive from Mount Isa. Here, I share my story of how the beliefs of my ancestors inform my Catholic faith.


The greatest reward

18 December 2012 | Fiona Basile

The greatest rewardIndigenous footballer Daniel Wells has had a successful AFL career, but says the satisfaction he gets from football cannot compare to the deeper fulfillment he gets from his family and his faith.


Remembering with pride

18 December 2012 | Fatima Measham

Remembering with prideOn the Anniversary of the Apology to the Stolen Generations on 13 February, schools across Australia will remember the stories of Indigenous Australians.


Four things we can learn from indigenous cultures

18 December 2012 | Ashleigh Green

Four things we can learn from indigenous culturesToday, there are 370 million indigenous people in the world. Indigenous people make up 5 per cent of the world's population, yet they constitute 15 per cent of the world's poor. Caritas Australia's Walk as One campaign is currently raising awareness of this alarming statistic, and by getting involved in this campaign, we can do something about it.


From boys to men

18 December 2012 | Michael McVeigh

From boys to menA successful scholarship program for Indigenous students is about providing more than just a quality education. At St Ignatius' College, Riverview in Sydney, the boys are given an insight into what it means to be Indigenous men, so they can be the next generation of leaders and role models in their communities.


What it means to love the land

18 December 2012 | Tim Kroenert

What it means to love the landArchie Roach's latest project, Butcher's Paper, Texta, Blackboard and Chalk, shares the stories of children in Aboriginal communities, where the land is not just home – it's a place to play.


Moments of reconciliation

18 December 2012 | Michael McVeigh

Moments of reconciliationOver two decades have passed since Pope John Paul II's historic speech to Indigenous Australians in Alice Springs in 1986. We ask some Indigenous leaders what have been some of the most significant recent landmarks for Indigenous Catholics in Australia.


Indigenous missions

18 December 2012 | Fr Andrew Hamilton SJ

Indigenous missionsThere are many ways of seeing missions. Catholics describe the heroism of men and women who leave their own lands to bring the gift of faith to people who have never heard of Christ.


Unguarded moments: Hearing the truth of Indigenous stories

17 December 2012 | Ann Rennie

The Australian Indigenous story has many chapters, some coloured with discovery and some blacked out with dispossession, some heartwarming and some heartbreaking, some hidden and some heralded.


Editorial

17 December 2012 | Michael McVeigh

At the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Catholic Council Assembly in Melbourne last October, one of the attendees got up and spoke about the story of William Cooper.


The Creator Spirit and me

18 December 2012 | Evelyn Parkin

The Creator Spirit and meMy name is Evelyn Parkin. I was born and raised on North Stradbroke Island. I am writing about my relationship with the Creator Spirit of Aboriginal Spirituality who I believe is also the same God who speaks to me through my Christian faith. I will try to explain these two spiritual beliefs.


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