More Than Just Bread

Church serves as shelter for war-hit Palestinians

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Some 400 Palestinians fleeing Israeli raids that have destroyed their neighborhoods have taken shelter in a Greek Orthodox Church in Gaza City. Desperate Gazans escaping from Beit Hanoun and Shejaia, where more than 70 Palestinians – many of them women and children – were killed on July 20, have entered the Church of Saint Porphyrius after Archbishop Alexios opened the door. The church ... Read More »

Catholic homelessness hostel at 120 per cent of capacity

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If St Vincent de Paul’s Samaritan House in Hackett was a luxury hotel, its directors would be laughing all the way to the bank. Every night, 365 days of the year, it is operating at 100 to 120 per cent of its 12-bed capacity. Catholic Archbishop Christopher Prowse says abuse victims are ‘the new missionaries’ While co-ordinator Rollo Brett says ... Read More »

Judge rules California death penalty is unconstitutional

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San Francisco: A federal judge in Los Angeles has ruled that California’s death penalty violates the United States Constitution’s ban on cruel and unusual punishment. US District Judge Cormac Carney ruled on a petition by death row inmate Ernest Dewayne Jones, who was sentenced to die nearly two decades ago. The judge said the state’s death penalty has created long delays ... Read More »

Cacophony of diversity


“O wily painter, limiting the scene, From a cacophony of dusty forms, To the one convulsion.” Thomas Gunn Growing up, my favourite Asterix character, from the eponymous comic series, would have to have been the bard Cacofonix, whose name evokes the emission of decidedly unpleasant sounds. The name Cacofonix is particularly more apt than its French original, Assurancetourix, for “Assurance ... Read More »

26th International Conference of Philosophy under way in Athens

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The 26th International Conference of Philosophy is currently being held in Athens, aiming at providing a broad forum for exploring moral and political issues which are crucial and relevant to the views expressed in ancient Greek philosophy. The Conference “Greek Philosophy and Moral and Political Issues of our Global Era”, which started on July 12, has already attracted great interest ... Read More »

How Cultures Around The World Think About Parenting 

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What can American parents learn from how other cultures look at parenting? A look at child-rearing ideas in Japan, Norway, Spain — and beyond. The crisis of American parenting, as anyone who has looked at the parenting section of a bookstore can attest, is that nobody knows what the hell they’re doing. Yet despite this lack of confidence and apparent absence ... Read More »

Creating a Long-Term Framework for Asylum Seeker Policy

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Last Friday 11 July 2014, I attended a roundtable at Parliament House, Canberra to discuss possible actions that could be taken to find a way out of the present divisive and harsh treatment of asylum seekers. The media release following that roundtable is reproduced below. The roundtable drew on  discussion paper ‘Beyond Operation Sovereign Borders’, prepared by Peter Hughes and ... Read More »