Migrant and Refugee Sunday

The Australian Catholic Migrant and Refugee Office's kit for Migrant and Refugee Sunday 2021 will be available from 1 September 2021. Migrant and Refugee Sunday is now celebrated in Australia on the last Sunday in September. This brings the practice of the Church in Australia into line with the practice of the Church around the… Read More »Migrant and Refugee Sunday

1988: Formation of Burma’s National League for Democracy by Aung San Suu Kyi

The Nobel Prize website explains that Peace Prze Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi is "the daughter of the legendary liberation movement leader Aung San. Following studies abroad, she returned home in 1988. From then on, she led the opposition to the military junta that had ruled Burma since 1962. She was one of the founders… Read More »1988: Formation of Burma’s National League for Democracy by Aung San Suu Kyi

1989: Opening of the Berlin Wall

"On November 9, 1989, as the Cold War began to thaw across Eastern Europe, the spokesman for East Berlin’s Communist Party announced a change in his city’s relations with the West. Starting at midnight that day, he said, citizens of the GDR were free to cross the country’s borders. East and West Berliners flocked to… Read More »1989: Opening of the Berlin Wall

1989: Murder of six Jesuit priests and two co-workers in El Salvador

In the early hours on 16 November 1989, six Jesuit priests, a cook and her 16-year-old daughter were shot and killed at the Pastoral Centre of José Simeón Cañas Central American University (UCA) in San Salvador. The victims were Fathers Ignacio Ellacuría, Rector of the University; Ignacio Martín-Baró, Vice-Rector; Segundo Montes, Director of the Human… Read More »1989: Murder of six Jesuit priests and two co-workers in El Salvador

West Papua Flag Day

On this day each year marches, prayer services and flag raising ceremonies are held to commemorate the first raising of the West Papuan national flag, the Bintang Kejora or Morning Star. The flag was first raised in 1961 by a group of West Papuan legislators who had been promised independence by then-colonial ruler, the Netherlands.… Read More »West Papua Flag Day

2004: Devastating tsunami in South Asia, killing 200,000 to 300,000 people

The Indian Ocean tsunami traveled as much as 3,000 miles (nearly 5,000 km) to Africa, arriving with sufficient force to kill people and destroy property. The epicenter of the 9.0 magnitude quake was under the Indian Ocean near the west coast of the Indonesian island of Sumatra, according to the USGS, which monitors earthquakes worldwide.… Read More »2004: Devastating tsunami in South Asia, killing 200,000 to 300,000 people