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29 January 2015


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Men of God in their midst

29 January 2015 | Michael McVeigh

Father Morgan Batt is a chaplain, commonly known as a padre, with the Australian Defence Force. His ministry has taken him into global hotspots such as East Timor and Iraq, where his role involves being with the men and women soldiers wherever they are – whether it’s in camp or on patrol in hostile environments.


Online exclusive: Born into conflict

29 January 2015 |

The Sri Lankan Civil War lasted 26 years and devastated the country, killing nearly 100,000 people. One teenager who survived is Nakulan*, now 15 years old and studying at a De La Salle Brothers vocational training program, Colombo.


Did we learn nothing?

29 January 2015 | Clare Deignan

Eleven years after Donna Mulhearn first went to Iraq as a human shield, she is still working tirelessly for peace. It was the Prayer of St Francis that inspired Donna to travel to Iraq in 2003. Over the last decade her commitment to live the Prayer of St Francis has brought her to Iraq five times, as well as other war‑torn regions. As Australia returns its military forces to Iraq, Australian Catholics spoke to Donna about the situation in the country today.


The human face of war

29 January 2015 | Michelle Gierck

News reports of war – offering a daily count of how many bombs are dropped, targets hit, military personnel deployed, and new acts of violence – are relentless. However, there are some aspects of war that are not so easy to tally.


Online exclusive: The experiences of young Muslims

29 January 2015 | Meaghan O’Connor

A Catholic school student interviews two Muslim friends about violence and conflict committed in the name of their religion, and the impact that it has on their lives here in Australia.


What is war good for?

29 January 2015 | Fr Andrew Hamilton SJ

Once people saw war as simply a fact of life, like hurricanes and earthquakes. They feared it and prayed to be delivered from it, but did not stop to think whether it was right and wrong. It was as natural for human beings to go to war as it was for lions to kill deer that crossed their path.


A field guide to meditation

29 January 2015 | Clare Deignan and Fr John Dupuche

A lecturer on meditation at Catholic Theological College and the coordinator of School of Prayer with the Melbourne Archdiocese’s Office for Evangelisation, Fr John Dupuche gave us eight tips on using meditation to create peace in your mind and heart.


Persecuted belief

29 January 2015 | Michael McVeigh

A new report from Aid to the Church in Need says religious persecution is on the rise globally, with Christian and other minority religious communities facing increasing risks in practising their faith in many parts of the world.


The changing tides of the Great War

29 January 2015 | Val Noone

While Catholic leaders joined their Christian brethren in supporting World War I at its outbreak, attitudes at home and abroad changed as the conflict took its deathly toll. As we prepare to mark the anniversary of this devastating conflict, historian Val Noone looks back at the experiences of Australians at the time.


Channelling God’s peace

29 January 2015 | Fr Andrew Hamilton SJ

Australian Catholics takes a look behind another popular prayer in the Catholic tradition – the Peace Prayer of St Francis.


Winning the day

29 January 2015 | Ann Rennie

We can ride through the stormy weather or we can succumb to it. It’s a choice we make each day.


A letter to Pompey Elliott

29 January 2015 | Michael McGirr

Dear Harold ‘Pompey’ Elliott, Once upon a time, your name was one of the best known in Australia. Practically every school child in Australia in the 1920s wrote an assignment about you. I wonder now how many people know your name. We have much to learn from your story, not least about the nature of leadership.


Online exclusive: Seven biblical lessons on resolving conflict

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29 January 2015 | Clare Deignan

Like most good books, the Bible has plenty of stories of dramatic conflict. But what can these stories teach us about dealing with violence in our own lives? 


Recipe: Masala Dosa (Crepes with Spicy Potato Filling) 

29 January 2015 |

My parents would often take my sister and I to the inner-city Sydney suburb Surry Hills, or Harris Park in the west to catch up with the Bombay street snacks they missed from their childhood. Masala dosa, a rice and lentil flour crepe filled with spicy potatoes, was our staple choice. Rather than making traditional dosas, requiring soaking, grinding and fermentation, I’ve got a simple crepe recipe that will do the trick.


Quiz: The peace game simulator

29 January 2015 | Nikola Henkul

Are you the type of person who makes conflicts worse or helps resolve them? Try our peace game simulator and take a look at these scenarios and see how you would respond to each one.


Playlist

29 January 2015 | Emma Quinn

At times it feels like living with conflict is the new normal. These movies remind us that peace is still possible. 


Peace in the playground

29 January 2015 | Nanette Mangoba

How do we cope when we become the target of a bully? As teenagers, it’s common to get hooked onto trying to fit in. We can do some pretty crazy things to be in the ‘popular’ group. Although it’s great to feel so loved by many others, we should try to be an individual, remain true to our self and should not feel compelled to do something we don’t want to do.


What Gallipoli means to me

29 January 2015 | James Manoussakis

The Gallipoli Centenary is an opportunity for young people to reflect on the last 100 years and remember what the soldiers endured for their comrades and for the freedom of our nation. With the death of Alec Campbell, the last living Anzac, in May 2002, the responsibility of maintaining the legacy and the spirit of the Anzacs now rests with my generation.


Lives set adrift

29 January 2015 | Brenna Dempsey

Here in Australia, refugees who arrive without authorisation are subjected to detention, and those who come by boat are sent to overseas processing centres and told they will never be allowed to settle in Australia. We asked one of our young writers, Brenna Dempsey, to speak to some people who work with refugees to see if she could find out some of their stories.


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