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Controversy continues over former Governor-General and Anglican Archbishop Peter Hollingworth; Justin Welby set to become the first Archbishop of Canterbury to address the UN Security Council; and troubles on Nauru and Manus

August 17 2018

Diocese of Melbourne responds to ABC News coverage of safeguarding complaints
The Anglican Diocese of Melbourne and the independent body it established to investigate complaints against clergy have responded to media reports concerning their handling of complaints against a former Archbishop of Brisbane, Dr Peter Hollingworth.

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby set to address UN Security Council
Archbishop Justin Welby will become the first Archbishop of Canterbury to address the UN Security Council when he takes part in an open debate later this month. The Archbishop has been invited to brief an open debate on “mediation and its role in conflict prevention” by the UK’s Ambassador to the UN, Karen Pierce.

Boy in hunger strike in Nauru at risk of death
Guardian Australia reports on a boy on Nauru who has been on hunger strike for more than a week. The boy has been on Nauru with his family for nearly five years. An unnamed medical official on the island told Guardian Australia “a child is going to die. Every day we get closer. It’s never been so critical.” Detention centre officials have sedated the boy and are feeding him intravenously to keep him alive.

Manus Island tale of horror and exile translated into English
Behrouz Boochani’s prose-poetry masterpiece, No Friend But the Mountains, has been translated from Farsi into English and translator Omid Tofighian shared the experience with The Conversation website.

Composed via text messages, the book is a memoir of the five years that Boochani – a Kurdish journalist and refugee from Iran – spent imprisoned and exiled on Manus Island.

Translating the book was an epic task for Tofighian. Each chapter was a long text message of up to 17,000 words, written in a style he calls “horrific surrealism”. He would consult the author on WhatsApp, and eventually flew to Manus to meet him. Their shared goal was to expose the “systematic torture” at the heart of the offshore detention regime.

Euthanasia bill defeated
A bill that would give the territories authority to make legislation on euthanasia has been narrowly defeated after protracted debate in Federal Parliament.

The bill was defeated 36 votes to 34 on Wednesday after several Coalition senators were persuaded to recant their support.

The ethics of space travel
A podcast from the Centre for Public Christianity in which an astrogeologist and aerospace engineer discuss the how and why of space exploration – and whether its cost can be justified.

Internet trolls and online bullying
Internet users have little control over abusive online comments, reports The Age. The real leverage lies with tech companies.

Extraordinary Kimberley 'mother of pearl' church turns 100
With its stunning inlaid pearl shell altar making it arguably one of the most beautiful churches in Australia’s most beautiful churches – the Sacred Heart Church at Beagle Bay on the Kimberley coast – is celebrating 100 years of extraordinary history.

The spectacular mother of pearl altar combines Catholic iconography with symbols of traditional Indigenous life, created in mosaic from gleaming pearl shell.

Gleaming white and often described as a slice of Germany in Australia's far north-west, the church can seem incongruous to those who do not appreciate the long history of connection between Kimberley Aboriginal people and Catholicism.

Joy over Sudanese first home buy
A Sudanese family is celebrating the purchase of its very first home in Clyde North, describing the experience as “overwhelming.”

The Bieth family moved into their home – a new three bedroom detached home – on Friday 27 July, courtesy of a joint partnership between the Jireh Foundation, Bendigo Bank and themselves.

It is the first Sudanese family the Jireh Foundation has assisted in purchasing their own home.

Taranaki Cathedral praised for its earthquake strengthening proposals
Moves to re-open St Mary’s Cathedral in Taranaki on New Zealand’s North Island have moved a step closer after New Plymouth District Council granted Resource Consent for the proposals.

The cathedral has been closed since February 2016 after a structural survey showed that it was rated at below 15 per cent of the national New Building Standard.

The building, the oldest stone church in New Zealand, was constructed in 1846 and was described by Archbishop Philip Richardson as “a national treasure with elements of Taranaki history and national history”.