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Wednesday, 29 April 2015 08:00

Day's endMay they rest in peace

Catherine Sheehan, Office of Media and Communications, Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne

The tragic news was broken this morning that Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, two Australians who have been on death row in Indonesia for the past ten years, were executed in the early hours of this morning.

The two men who were members of the ‘Bali Nine’ drug-smuggling ring were executed with six other men at 3.35am this morning, despite efforts by the Australian government to have the death sentences overturned. Read more...

Reflection on lives lost

Jesuit Social Services

Jesuit Social Services condemns the execution of Andrew Chan, Myuran Sukumaran and their companions in Indonesia.

Every day from March 6 to April 29, when the executions occurred, we held a vigil at St Ignatius' Church to provide an outlet for all members of the community to stand in solidarity with Andrew and Myuran. The response shown at the vigil from thousands of attendees was one of shared emotion and later grief.

Jesuit Social Services opposes the death penalty anywhere and everywhere. We believe that the value of every human life should be held in the upmost regard and with love and compassion.

Andrew and Myuran had changed, grown and rehabilitated. They were two young men with a great deal to offer society. We mourn their loss. Read more...

Quiet bells in vigil for doomed Bali 9 pair

Cathnews

No-one speaks. There is no noise at all except the trams rattling past St Ignatius' on Church Street and yesterday morning, the sound of rain falling outside. The very low-key but deeply sincere 54-day vigil for Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan has begun every day at 8am and finished an hour later.

Last night as the executions loomed, another vigil – in effect a mourning or a way of saying a last, distant goodbye – began at 8pm and stretched past midnight, shortly before Indonesian authorities carried out the executions.  Read more...