Compassion

Sinking of Mediterranean migrant boat mass murder, says UN rights chief

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“Zeid Ra’ad Zeid al-Hussein says survivors’ accounts of incident in which 500 died point to ‘crime that must not go unpunished’ The UN’s new human rights chief has urged Egypt to join with European nations in hunting down the human traffickers who allegedly drowned up to 500 migrants in the Mediterranean by ramming their boat. He said the traffickers are likely guilty of “mass murder” and ... Read More »

Thessalonian Jews

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The recent event commemorating the Jewish Community of Thessaloniki, organized by the Thessaloniki Association “White Tower,” with the support of the Jewish Community Council in the Victorian Parliament, was unique in the annals of Greek community endeavor. For the first time, Greeks and Jews came together to celebrate the history of a vibrant community that came to Thessaloniki in search ... Read More »

Villarreal let 13-year-old cancer patient play and score for them against Celtic

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Football clubs are often accused of forgetting their fans, but Spanish outfit Villarreal are different – after allowing a 13-year-old cancer patient to play for them. Young fan Gohan has an aggressive form of cancer and had told nurses in hospital that his dream was to play for Villarreal at their El Madrigal stadium one day. The La Liga club ... Read More »

Teaching Children Empathy

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When Harvard University’s Making Caring Common Projectreleased their report, “The Children We Mean to Raise: The Real Messages Adults Are Sending About Values,” many parents and educators — myself included — were surprised to learn that despite all our talk about instilling character and empathy, kids may value academic achievement and individual happiness over caring for others. In the report, the authors explained ... Read More »

The UN Just Called Syria the “Biggest Humanitarian Emergency of Our Era”

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The news: Just as the number of fleeing refugees passed the 3 million mark on Friday, the United Nations has declared the war in Syria to be the “biggest humanitarian crisis of our era,” according to a statement by António Guterres, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees. The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) said in a statement that almost half of all Syrian citizens ... Read More »

Peace Through Friendship

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WHEN two groups are in conflict, how can you improve relations between them? One strategy is to encourage positive personal contact among individuals from each group. If a Catholic and a Protestant in Northern Ireland would only sit down together to talk — learning about one another’s families, hearing about one another’s fears — the encounter, according to this approach, ... Read More »

A letter from Lisa Collyer to Scott Morrison MP

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Dear Minister I can only assume that you have never been to Cambodia independently nor have been briefed on the nation’s recent history and current issues. I’d like to begin with Prime Minister Hun Sen whom you are currently negotiating with to send 1000 refugees to Cambodia. Here are some facts quoted from the text ‘Cambodia: Report From a Stricken ... Read More »

Mexican border reflections on Australian asylum seeker policy

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I have been here in the USA for the last month. I am presently spending the week down on the Mexican border at the Kino Border Initiative, which is a Jesuit sponsored cross border project at Nogales. The Jesuit community members sleep on the Arizona side of the border and walk across the border to Sonora each day for work.  At ... Read More »