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History Vatican

Vatican formally repudiates ‘doctrine of discovery’ used to justify colonisation 

The Vatican yesterday formally repudiated the “doctrine of discovery”, officially declaring that a historic policy used to justify colonial exploitation is “not part of the teaching of the Catholic Church”. Source: NCR Online.

Books History

How Catholic saints and sinners helped shape Australia

The Catholic community in Australia has had its share of sinners and shameful moments, but these don’t detract from its heroes and heroines who helped to shape the country as we know it today, says James Franklin. Source: The Catholic Weekly.

History Vatican

Vatican to return fragments of Parthenon statues to Greece

The Vatican and Greece yesterday finalised a deal for the return of three sculpture fragments from the Parthenon that have been in the Vatican Museums’ collection for two centuries. Source: NCR Online.

History Science

TV station finds 1964 interview with father of Big Bang theory

A Belgian television station has rediscovered a 20-minute video in which Fr Georges Lemaitre, considered the father of the Big Bang theory, explains what the origin of the universe may have been like. Source: CNA.

History Religious Orders

Salesians celebrate 100 years in Australia

The Salesians of Don Bosco are this year marking 100 years of Salesian presence and ministry in Australia with celebrations planned throughout the year.

History Vatican

Pope returns Parthenon marble fragments to Greece

Expressing his desire to bear witness to “the truth”, Pope Francis is returning three marble fragments originally from the Parthenon in Athens, Greece, according to the Vatican. Source: CNS.

Asia History

Historians discover 17th-century Japanese letter to Pope

A research team from Japan has discovered a letter from 17th-century Japanese Catholics to Pope Paul V, making it the first artifact of its kind found outside the Vatican. Source: UCA News.

History Interfaith

Concerns about anti-Semitism raised at Holocaust remembrance service 

Adelaide’s religious and community leaders used the annual Remembrance of the Shoah service in St Francis Xavier’s Cathedral to raise concerns about increasing anti-Semitism while warning of the dangers of staying silent. Source: The Southern Cross.


Holocaust museum for Brisbane’s Cathedral precinct

Bert Klug, a 100-year-old Holocaust survivor, was on hand as the Queensland Government announced that a Holocaust Museum and Education Centre will open in the grounds of Brisbane’s St Stephen’s Cathedral precinct. Source: The Catholic Leader.