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Annual Ecumenical Holocaust Memorial Service (May 3, 2016)

The annual Christian Holocaust Memorial Service was held on Tuesday night (3 May 2016) at Our Lady of Sion College in Box Hill. During the service, Grace, a student of the College, said:

‘At a Holocaust Memorial Service it must be asked: What have we learned and what must we do? The opposite of love is not hate, but indifference. From those who were not indifferent, we can learn what we can achieve if we stand up for people in need and be a voice for others who do not have one.’

This year is the 25th anniversary of the Service. In May 1991, the late Sr Verna Holyhead sgs gathered a small group of Christians and Jews together in the wind and the rain outside the Jewish Memorial in Rookwood Cemetery in Sydney for a Holocaust Memorial Service.

Former bishop of Mosul in Iraq, Amel Shamon Nona, appointed Bishop of Australia and New Zealand Eparchy of Chaldean Catholic Church ”

Pope Francis has appointed Most Rev. Amel Shamon Nona as Eparch (Bishop) of the Eparchy of St Thomas the Apostle of Sydney of the Chaldeans (Chaldean Catholic Diocese of Australia and New Zealand). Born in 1967, Archbishop Nona was ordained a priest in 1991 and ordained bishop and installed as Chaldean Archbishop of Mosul in January 2010. In October 2013, in the wake of violence from the forces of ISIL, the Archbishop told CAN “My diocese no longer exists. ISIS have taken it from me. I don’t know whether we will ever be able to return to Mosul.”

Christians in many parts of the world began today a Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.

Christians in the Northern Hemisphere began today a Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. The theme for the week of prayer in 2015 comes from the gospel of John: "Jesus said to her: 'Give me to drink'". It was proposed by a group of Brazilian Christians called together by the Conselho Nacional de Igrejas Cristãs (CONIC). As in previous years, the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity and the WCC, through the WCC's Commission on Faith and Order, have jointly published a brochure to help groups and congregations prepare ecumenical celebrations. It also contains Biblical reflections and prayers for the eight days.




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