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Popes become Saints

  • April 28th, 2014
  • Posted by EU Australia

Rome canonisation 2014At a Vatican service, 28.4.14, the Pope performed the canonisation rite for his two predecessors, John XXIII and Jean-Paul II . The former Pope Benedict XVI shared in the service.

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New EU-Australia deal on aid; Australians re-visit the battlefields …

  • April 27th, 2014
  • Posted by EU Australia

Villers BrettoneuxAustralia and the European Union have made a new arrangement for sharing their development aid commitments, described as further strengthening the level of cooperation.

The agreement was signed in Brussels, 15.4.14, by the Australian Foreign Affairs Minister, Julie Bishop, and the European Commissioner for Development, Andris Piebalgs.

Later the Minister would attend the Anzac day commemoration at Villers Bretonneux (picture). … Read More »

Ukraine: Russians, demanding attention, endangering Europe’s peace?

  • April 26th, 2014
  • Posted by EU Australia

eastern europemapTension and anxiety once again revived over Ukraine, entering the weekend of 26-27.4.14.

Ukrainian forces were moving against armed groups identifying with Russia, remaining in occupation of state buildings in the Donetsk region South-east of Kiev; in defiance of the peace agreement signed a week before; encouraged by mixed and muddled signals from the Russian government. … Read More »

Roads to Rome: slavery, human rights and cleaning up the Vatican finances …

  • April 2nd, 2014
  • Posted by EU Australia

romePope Francis’s diary of late has noted two Australian items, billionaire Andrew Forrest stepping up his anti-slavery campaign, and Cardinal George Pell about to start work as the Vatican head of finance. One other visit of special note, the first to the new Pope by President Barack Obama.

 

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