The Fiji Archipelago in the southern Pacific is a renowned destination for divers and tourists, above all from Australia, New Zealand and the United States. Its capital city, Suva, is also the commercial and political centre of Fiji. However, what few people realise is that parts of this seeming earthly paradise are in danger of extinction. Maria Lozano spoke to Archbishop Peter Loy Chong of Suva, on the Fiji Islands, during his visit to the central headquarters of the international Catholic pastoral charity and pontifical foundation Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) about the consequences of climate change for his country and the sufferings of the Fijian people.
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ACN to present the Church as the “Family of Families” at the World Meeting of Families
The Charity and Pontifical Foundation is helping families from different parts of the world take part in the Dublin meeting.
From 21 to 26 August thousands of people will be descending on Dublin, Ireland to take part in the World Meeting of Families sponsored by the Holy See’s Dicastery for the Laity, the Family and Life.
The event will include a three-day congress with a varied programme for young people and adults. The international Catholic charity ACN will be involved, organising two meetings which will highlight the experiences, hopes and challenges facing families in such widely differing countries as Russia, Kenya and the Congo (on 22 August, Hall 3, at 7 p.m. and on 23 August, in Hall 8B, at 7 p.m.)
It is the tenth anniversary of a horrific outburst of anti-Christian violence that, in August 2008, killed more than 100 Christians in the Kandhamal district of India’s Odisha State; the violence damaged or destroyed 300 churches and 6,000 homes, with 50,000 people ending up displaced. A nun was gang raped.
Tarun Kumar Nayak, 19, is a native of Odisha state, who is pursuing a Bachelor’s of Science. He was both witness and victim of Hindu mob violence at age of nine. Here, Tarun describes the destruction of both his home in the town of Bamunigoan and his father’s tailoring shop—an incident that turned out to be a prelude to the murderous rampage in August 2008:
TS Eliot's play MURDER IN THE CATHEDRAL directed by acclaimed actor Donald Macdonald and presented by Artes Christi, will be raising funds for Aid to the Church in Need Australia.
The play will run from the 27th of September to the 14th of October 2018.
MURDER IN THE CATHEDRAL is a beautiful poetic play written by TS Eliot portraying the life & death of St Thomas Becket who was martyred in Canterbury Cathedral in 1170.
Performances of the play will run at the historic 1880 Hall in Surry Hills and the play is being staged to coincide with the Canonisation of Blessed Oscar Romero on 14th October this year.
In 1980 in San Salvador, Blessed Oscar became the first Archbishop martyred at the altar since St Thomas Becket 800 years earlier.
In this video ACN Australia's National Director, Mr Bernard Toutounji, shares a reflection on the unique mission of the Pontifical Catholic Charity, Aid to the Church in Need, and appeals for people to come forward in support of the more than 200 million Christians who suffer for their faith in Jesus Christ.