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The 2005 Catholic Social Justice Sunday Statement will be launched on Wednesday 14 September at 10.00 for 10.15 am at the Isabel Menton Theatre, Mary MacKillop Place, 11 Mount St, North Sydney.

Mr Phil Glendenning, Director of the Edmund Rice Centre will launch the Statement. Sr Patty Fawkner SGS, Director of Uniya Jesuit Social Justice Centre will respond.

The Statement, Jesus, Light for the World – Living the Gospel Today, is based on Gospel accounts of the ministry of Jesus and the call to care for people who are marginalised – the hungry, the thirsty, the naked, the stranger (Mt 25:31-46).

Among many issues, the Statement highlights the amount of wealth we waste in a world where poverty affects billions. Each year Australians spend more than $10 billion on products and services that are not used, including $5 billion on food that is ultimately thrown out. The pursuit of wealth and economic demands can leave people with less time for family and friends, health and spiritual fulfilment.

Australia’s overwhelming response to the victims of the Indian Ocean tsunami shed light on our generosity and compassion. We cannot turn from the great issues facing our world, from environmental degradation to poverty to refugees to war. For many people in our world the light we offer may be their only hope.

Further Information:

Social Justice Sunday is celebrated on 25th September. The Statement can be found at: www.socialjustice.catholic.org.au or www.catholic.org.au from 14 September.

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