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The Mission

The Mission (2023) is a documentary presented by award-winning Australian journalist, Marc Fennell.

2 episodes in the 3-part series tell the story of “one of the largest art heists in Australian history, the theft of 26 masterpieces from a Western Australian monastery”, New Norcia Mission.

The 3rd episode tells the story of a different crime, the cruel treatment of Aboriginal Australian children at the ‘orphanages’ there.

Not only were the children forcibly removed from their parents – thus are members of the Stolen Generation – but the Royal Commission into Institution Responses to Child Sexual Abuse (2013-2017) found that the Benedictine Community of New Norcia was one of the worst offenders when it came to catholic priests sexually abusing children.

The Mission also hears from survivors who were physically, verbally, and emotionally abused there too.

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