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Edition 124 / May 2013
Annie Nichols shares
the benefits of rural
life on page 14.
of Priscilla Scanlon.
"Our people, our stories"
As the agreeable season of autumn continues, I hope you will
enjoy this month's offerings, particularly Bruce Duncan's hard-
hitting "What has the Iraq war taught us?" on page 15.
Paul Coyte of Hamilton was dismayed that there was not
more coverage of our new pope last month. "I was very
disappointed that our diocesan magazine, Aurora, simply
carried one photograph of Pope Francis, missing the
wonderful opportunity to include a couple of informative
articles, not only for the Catholic community, but the wider
audience of the Hunter."
I thank Paul for his letter and agree, "The election of a new
pope is a cause for celebration..." Our cover image captured
the measure of the man and he continues to delight us.
Because Pope Francis had received so much coverage,
almost all of it positive, before the April edition appeared,
I chose a different approach for Aurora. Michael Belcher's
thought-provoking article, "Give us this day our daily
(gluten free) bread" gave a local and personal dimension
to the election of a new pope. I believe Michael issued a
worthwhile challenge to Pope Francis, and time will tell
whether he is open to a renewed emphasis on the principle of
subsidiarity. Meanwhile, Aurora will continue, as Paul urged,
to "celebrate...the good news to the wider community". This
month Bishop Bill reflects on what it means to have a Jesuit
You can read Paul's letter, and other correspondence, on our
Letters page at www.mn.catholic.org.au/news-events/aurora
This page enables responses sooner than a new edition of
Aurora appears, and your letters are always welcome.
Parishioners of Tighes Hill have recently taken a creative
initiative in sending a 'new job' greeting card to Pope Francis,
with many individual messages and a photo of the local area
to orient the new pope. I'm happy to receive stories from your
parish or school community.
Jim Kable of Caves Beach wrote, "I am not a Catholic but
appreciate the chance to find good positive journalism,
especially with a spiritual basis." Jim was delighted by Frances
Dunn's review of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry and
shared his own 88km temple pilgrimage around the Japanese
island of Shikoku.
In April I enjoyed the inaugural Newcastle Writers Festival,
initiated by Newcastle Herald journalist Rosemarie Milsom.
The variety and calibre of speakers and topics was
remarkable and it felt like a 'coming of age' for Newcastle.
One of the most gratifying aspects of the festival was being
surrounded by lovers of words, stories and ideas. So many
of the comments and questions were about concerns we all
share -- justice, truth, living well and being our best selves,
whether in Jane Austen's drawing rooms or living as a refugee
in Australia. I congratulate all involved and look forward to the
TRACEY EDSTEIN -- Editor
Truth, justice and healing 5
A welcoming cathedral
Seasons of grace
Terror to Tenison Woods 18
Networking for local church 19
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