Sunday, November 27, 2016

Remembering Those Who have Gone Before Us

In the Catholic tradition November is a month to remember those who have died. In many Churches there is a custom of writing the names of family, friends and significant people in a book of remembrance.

Today I visited the Cathedral of St Stephen to add two names to their remembrance book. These are significant names that deserve mention in every parish listing of those who are deceased and worthy of our prayers.

Hamid Khazaei died as a result of neglect and abuse by detention centre staff on Manus Island. His death is another indication of the cruelty and inhumanity of Government policies and treatment of asylum seekers and refugees,

Tyrone Unsworth took his own life at 13 as a result of homophobic bullying by his peers. The tragic death of a young Indigenous boy in these circumstances cries out for a community of welcome, inclusion and safety.