1 Dec 2002


St Cecilia’s children go ‘bush’ for the day

Radical bid for men-only teaching job offers

Crackerjack way to see charity in action

Destruction of human life for profit - research fear

Fr John says ‘thank you’ and ‘goodbye’

Real meaning of Christmas

Perth statue: Archbishop orders inquiry

... deported, then disappeared or dead

Avoid war at all costs: Caritas

Christmas Bowl gets helping hand from a Leunig angel

Govt bows to Church pressure

A walk against war

Persecution: UN should be forced to act

Casting a NET to reach young adults, older kids

Tom Singer, lost in a ‘coward’s war’

Asylum seeker kids allowed to attend Catholic school

Editorial: When aid is misused

Letters: Breadwinners?

Conversation: Terry Underwood, Ambassador, Year of the Outback

Reflections: US bishops pose questions on Iraq

Kids go ‘bush’ at St Cecilia’s to help drought victims

It’s ‘family first’ for SOS (son of Sergio)

Dad had to face racism on field

Retreat helps with the healing

Love of books pays off for coastal school

‘Greedy people’ let the needy go without

Third degree burns


Dad had to face racism on field

Sergio Silvagni was a pioneer for European migrants playing Aussie Rules in Melbourne during the 1950s and 60s, when life for an Italian migrant was tough - on and off the field.

When World War II broke out, a year after he was born, “the Italians suddenly became enemies”, he says.

“During the war, all Italians settled down and kept a low profile.

“In football, Frank Curcio was the first player of an Italian background to really emerge, and then there was ‘Onga’ (Tony Ongarello) at Fitzroy.

“I was around during Onga’s time, and if the league’s racial vilification laws had been in place when Carlton and Fitzroy played then, half the crowd would have been locked up.

“Because the Italians were seen as enemies throughout the war, I had to be a very quiet and low-key kid, almost introverted.

“I just kept quiet and kept to myself, but playing sport was a way of assimilating.”