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                                     November 2017        No 195



From the Secretariat
Current Issues/Resources
ACSJC Publications
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From the Secretariat:

1711aPope Francis' message as we approach Advent and Christmas

The intrusive advertising, the conspicuous affluence and consumerist binge at this time of year can so easily obscure the Season of Advent and reduce the true meaning of Christmas. In the process, the poor and marginalised members of our society are so easily forgotten. Pope Francis has instituted a new World day of the Poor which, this year, will be celebrated on Sunday 19 November. In his message for the day, he says he wants the annual event to be a 'powerful appeal to our consciences as believers, allowing us to grow in the conviction that sharing with the poor enables us to understand the deepest truth of the Gospel.'  ... read more From the Secretariat 


Current Issues/Resources:

1711bRefugee Council says Australia must guarantee peace on Manus

As Australia's self-imposed deadline for the closure of the Manus Island detention centre approached, the Refugee Council of Australia called for Government assurance of peace for detainees. Phil Glendenning, President of the Council said, 'The Australian Government has had five years to develop a sustainable resolution to a problem of its own making. Manus is a powder keg today and we are calling on Acting Prime Minister Bishop to guarantee peace for the detainees - the majority of whom are recognised as refugees.' ... see more Current Issues/Resources


ACSJC Publications:

1711cOrders open for 2018 Social Justice Diary

The 2018 Social Justice Diary includes the dates of significant events, anniversaries and special days which celebrate particular aspects of social justice. The Diary provides a social justice program for the full year. Information and ideas for prayer and reflection are included. This is an essential resource for teachers and parishes. A great Christmas gift. Diaries will be available from late November. Cost: $7.50 (including postage). To download an order form, click here. ... see more Publications


Social Justice Events: 

1711dFrank Brennan SJ to deliver 2017 Rerum Novarum Oration

'The Legacy of Justice Higgins: Seeking a True New Start for all Job Seekers and Workers' is the title of the lecture, which is a free event at the Cardinal Knox Centre in East Melbourne on 8 November. The lecture marks the 110th anniversary of the historic Harvester judgment. ... Read more

 All events

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This includes information about social justice events by various organisations around Australia. Event details may have changed since being posted - please confirm with the organiser.


News Monitor:

1711eGood Sams call for US-North Korea talks

Disturbed by the current escalation of tensions and threats between the US and North Korea, the Sisters of the Good Samaritan have released a public statement of solidarity with Japan and the Asia-Pacific. 'We recognise that many people are suffering under the threat of attack and we stand in solidarity with the people of Japan and all those who live in fear of nuclear conflict.' ... see more News items


Social Justice Diary:

1711f25 November 1981 - UN Declaration on the Elimination of All Forms of Intolerance and of Discrimination Based on Religion or Belief

This is clearly the most important international instrument regarding religious rights and prohibition of intolerance or discrimination based on religion or belief. But sadly, 36 years after its proclamation, little political will exists to bring this Declaration to fruition as a binding legal instrument, despite its growing relevance. ... see more Diary items



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