Monday, June 21, 2010

World Refugee Week 2010

World Refugee Week runs from Sunday 20 June to Saturday 26 June.  This year’s theme is Freedom from Fear.  The Refugee Council of Australia has produced a series of resources for the Week including a poster, facts and figures about refugees, an event planning guide and teacher materials.  

Among the more than 200 people who gathered in Reddacliff Square on World Refugee Day, June 20, were representatives from parishes, religious communities and  the Brisbane Catholic  Justice and Peace Commission.

Fr Pan Jordan OP was one of the speakers and spoke of  the plight of Tamil refugees.Fr Jordan quoted the report from the International Crisis Group  which has gathered evidence of the ongoing human rights abuses among Tamils. He also called on the Federal Government to lift the suspension of processing of refugee claims by people from Afghanistan and Sri Lanka. 

In a recent statement the Brisbane Catholic Justice and Peace Commission noted that many significant international organisations and some major Sri Lankan bodies such as the Superiors of Major Religious Congregations have expressed serious concerns about the Sri Lankan Government’s lack of commitment to the rule of law, democracy, proper governance, human rights and freedom of the media.They also have doubts about the Sri Lankan Government’s commitment to political reconciliation which will see minorities such as the Tamils freed from discrimination and oppression.
Jesus the Refugee

We're all Boat people a Biblical View of Refugees

Jesus, A Refugee, a poem by Elizabeth Padillo Olesen, Denmark

Monday, June 14, 2010

Gay Spirituality at Brisbane Pride 2010

 Rev.Dr. Leigh Neighbour from Metropolitan Community Church leads prayer at Brisbane's Pride Rally. Emma Miller Place Roma Street Brisbane June 12 2010

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Happy St Anthony Day!

Blessings and Greetings to the the "Anthonys" and variations of the name. Today is the feast of this popular Italian saint of the 13th century. His life is often dressed up in a bit of "catholic cringe" factor and he is credited as one of the real "pin-up" boys of the Church. Just do a google image search of Anthony of Padua and see what I mean!!

In life he was gifted scholar, speaker and wonder-worker. In death the Church appointed him as patron to so many tasks he probably hasn't had a chance to "Rest in Peace" to this day.

His duties and responsibilities includepatronage of:causes 
against barrenness
against shipwreck
against starvation
against starving
against sterility
Amantea, Italy
American Indians
Anzio, Italy
Beaumont, Texas, diocese of
Cianciana, Agrigento, Italy
domestic animals
Dorado, Puerto Rico
elderly people
expectant mothers
faith in the Blessed Sacrament
Favara, Italy
Ferrazzano, Italy
Giano Vetusto, Italy
Lisbon, Portugal
lost articles
lower animals
Masbate, Philippines, diocese of
Nicolosi, Italy
oppressed people
Padua, Italy
poor people
pregnant women
San Antonio Tlayacapan, Mexico
San Fulgencio, Spain
Sandia Indian Pueblo
seekers of lost articles
starving people
Tigua Indians
travel hostesses

Behind the sugary hagiography lies the story of a man of faith and service, a man of his time with passion for truth, people and the needs of his era. Yeh, I still invoke him when things go missing and he has been part of my community of faith since my childhood days when his pic used to hang in my parents house over the bathroom door!!!.

Saturday, June 05, 2010

Flotilla: churches call for independent inquiry

Queensland Churches Together (QCT) deplores the violence that left at least nine activists dead and many injured by Israeli elite forces that intercepted a ship carrying humanitarian aid for the people of Gaza on 31st May. The violence took place in international waters...

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Aboriginal and torres Strait Islander Sunday 2010

Aboriginal Sunday
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Sunday will be celebrated in the Church on 4 July.  This year’s theme is Justice and Peace for All.  Liturgy resources are now available from the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Catholic Council web