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                                     March 2018        No 198



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

1803aPope's Lenten caution against love 'beginning to cool'

In his Message for Lent, Pope Francis challenges us to 'renew the force of love in our hearts'. He urges us to watch for 'the signs that indicate that our love is beginning to cool'. Among those signs, he says, 'more than anything else, what destroys charity is greed for money' which can lead to 'violence against anyone we think is a threat to our own "certainties": the unborn child, the elderly and infirm, the migrant, the alien among us, or our neighbour who does not live up to our expectations'.  ... read more From the Secretariat


Current Issues/Resources:

1803bACRATH campaign for Slavery-Free Chocolate this Easter

Children as young as 12 years old are picking cocoa in West Africa to make the chocolate we eat. Some of these children are trafficked. Most are forced to pick cocoa from an early age for minimal or no wages, for long hours, in dangerous working conditions, without any possibility of attending school. Most of these children have never tasted chocolate and they never will. Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans (ACRATH) is campaigning to ensure that the chocolate we eat this Easter is slavery-free.  ... see more Current Issues/Resources


ACSJC Publications:

1803cACSJC Series Paper No. 82 applies Gospel values to brutality witnessed in West Papua

Peter Arndt examines the issues faced by the indigenous people of West Papua and discusses their claim for freedom and independence. Peter has visited West Papua on several occasions, has met and spoken with people working for freedom and justice, and has heard their accounts of oppression and brutality on the part of police and security forces there. 'Deep reflection on Gospel values and Church teaching is what makes this publication so inspiring. Peter places his friends' experience in the context of the Scriptures and looks deeply into the Church's teachings on justice and asks what he must do. He discerns the answer with clarity and courage', says ACSJC Chairman Bishop Vincent Long. ... see more Publications


Social Justice Events: 

1803d16 March - National Close the Gap Day

Many of Australia's First Peoples are denied the same access to healthcare that non-Indigenous Australians take for granted. Despite a decade of Government promises the gap in health and life expectancy between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and other Australians is widening. This National Close the Gap Day, we have an opportunity to send our governments a clear message that Australians value health equality by hosting events in our workplaces, schools, homes and communities. ... Read more

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News Monitor:

1803eJosephites denounce arms export plan

The Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart congregation has denounced the Turnbull government's plan to increase weapons exports. 'Weapons are designed to kill and maim human beings,' said Congregational Leader Sr Monica Cavanagh. 'We completely reject the philosophy which finds it acceptable to boost industry, create jobs, increase exports and protect local manufacturing via the arms trade.' ... see more News items


Social Justice Diary:

1803fWed 21 March - International Day for Elimination of Racial Discrimination

On this day in 1960, police opened fire and killed 69 people at a peaceful demonstration in Sharpeville, South Africa, against the apartheid pass laws. Proclaiming the day in 1966, the United Nations General Assembly called on the international community to redouble its efforts to eliminate all forms of racial discrimination. ... see more Diary items



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