1997: First Sea of Hands, Canberra

The first Sea of Hands was held on the 12 October 1997, in front of Parliament House, Canberra. Hands in the colors of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags were signed by people to show their support for reconciliation and native title. At the time it was the largest public art installation in Australia.… Read More »1997: First Sea of Hands, Canberra

International Day of Rural Women

"As early adopters of new agricultural techniques, first responders in crises and entrepreneurs of green energy, rural women are a powerful force that can drive global progress." — UN Secretary-General António Guterres The crucial role that women and girls play in ensuring the sustainability of rural households and communities, improving rural livelihoods and overall wellbeing,… Read More »International Day of Rural Women

World Food Day

World Food Day 2020 marks the 75th anniversary of Food and Agricultural Organisation of the United Nations (FAO). As countries around the world deal with the widespread effects of the COVID-9 pandemic, it’s a time to look into the future we need to build together. Action Use the hashtag #WorldFoodDay to share your action online… Read More »World Food Day

Engaging with Laudato Si’: Caring for Our Common Home

A workshop for all Catholics to learn about the environmental challenges of our time and place, the biblical foundations of Laudato Si’, the theology and spirituality of Laudato Si’, and what the forthcoming Laudato Si’ Action Platform will offer you if your family, parish, school or organisation are considering the development of a Laudato Si’… Read More »Engaging with Laudato Si’: Caring for Our Common Home

Saint Ignatius of Antioch

Born in Syria, Ignatius converted to Christianity and eventually became bishop of Antioch. Ignatius is well known for the seven letters he wrote on the long journey from Antioch to Rome. Ignatius’s great concern was for the unity and order of the Church. Even greater was his willingness to suffer martyrdom rather than deny his… Read More »Saint Ignatius of Antioch

2001: Sinking of refugee boat SIEV X

On 19 October 2001, 353 people, mostly women and children, drowned on the high seas trying to reach Australia in a small, dilapidated, grossly overloaded fishing boat that would later come to be known as Suspected Illegal Entry Vessel (SIEV) X. There were 45 who survived the sinking, of whom seven eventually settled in Australia.… Read More »2001: Sinking of refugee boat SIEV X

Saint John Paul II

Pope John Paul II was beatified in Saint Peter's Square on 1 May 2011 by Pope Benedict XVI, his immediate successor and for many years his valued collaborator as Prefect for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. He was canonised on 27 April 2014, together with Pope John XXIII, by Pope Francis.