February 2022

Resisting the impatient desire to reform other people

Minding my own business does not mean that I don’t care about others. But this is different from thinking that I know what is best for them, writes Patty Fawkner.

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‘Street Angel of Sydney’ comforted the disturbed and disturbed the comfortable

Good Samaritan Sister Catherine McCahill reflects on the life of Sister Pauline Elizabeth Fitz-Walter, Christ’s messenger who was a witness to the Christian message of hope, joy, love and peace. ...

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Vale Sister Pauline Fitz-Walter SGS – a saint and a prophet

Good Samaritan Sister Pauline Fitz-Walter OAM, described by her friend Bishop David Cremin as “our Mother Teresa” for her service to people at the margins, died on December 16, 2021.

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Typhoon’s path of destruction results in loss of homes and livelihoods

More than a month after Typhoon Rai, or Odette as it is known locally in the Philippines, tore through the islands of Visayas and Mindanao, killing more than 400 people

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Last Good Sam retires from education role in Canberra & Goulburn

It was the end of an era when Good Samaritan Sister Sue Hallams retired from her role in pastoral ministry at St Francis Xavier College in Canberra in December 2021.

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Kiribati battles to contain COVID-19 outbreak

The tiny Pacific nation of Kiribati, which until January this year had survived the COVID-19 pandemic without recording a case of the virus, is now battling to contain an outbreak.

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The Living Dead

Vickie Walker is the author of short stories and poetry, many based on her love of Australia. ‘The Living Dead’ was an entry in The Good Oil 2021 Writers’ Award.

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Team of mavericks upends an establishment of privilege and tradition

‘Blind Ambition’ is the story of four Zimbabwean refugees who conquer the odds to become South Africa’s top sommeliers. Peter Confeggi reviews this uplifting documentary about hope, courage and determination.

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