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Laudato Si’ Action Platform

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The Dicastery for the Promotion of Integral Human Development have launched the Laudato Si’ Action Platform and are seeking families, parishes, schools, universities, hospitals, businesses and religious communities to pledge their commitment to the Laudato Si’ Goals. Over a seven year journey, a road map… Read More »Laudato Si’ Action Platform

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Social Justice Statement 2021-22

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The Bishop’s Social Justice Statement 2021-22: Cry of the Earth, Cry of the Poor, affirms that “we human beings need a change of heart, mind, and behaviour.’ It draws from Scripture, from the theological tradition, from Catholic Social Teaching, and from the wisdom of the world, including the insights of First Nations people.

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Sowers of Hope Recording Released

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The recording of the Laudato Si’ – Sowers of Hope online reflection hosted by the Office of Social Justice and Caritas Australia’s Catholic Earthcare is now released and available online. The reflection gathered people from across Australia who participated in prayer and reflection on the Laudato Si’ Year. The gathering also had sharing from across the country on the successes of the previous year and lay the spiritual foundation for the journey ahead with the seven-year Laudato Si’ Goals.

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Bishops Appeal for Asylum Seekers

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Australian Bishops have written to various members of Parliament appealing for greater welcome, support and inclusion of people seeking asylum and granted refuge. Bishop Michael McCarthy of Rockhampton Diocese and Bishop Vincent Long van Nguyen OFM (Conv) and Chair of the Bishops Commission for Social Justice, Mission and Service have both written to Federal ministers appealing for a more human approach to the detention and processing of people seeking asylum.

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Breaking Family Ties: JRS Australia Submission to Family Reunions Visa Inquiry

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Australian Government family reunion policies have been found to ‘prolong family separation and exacerbate its negative effects’ in Jesuit Refugee Service Australia’s submission (JRS) to the Senate Standing Committee of Legal and Constitutional Affairs Inquiry into the process and granting of family reunion visas. Based on the experience of thousands of those they work with, JRS highlighted five ways this occurs and provided eight recommendations for consideration including abolishing bans on overseas travel for temporary reunions overseas.

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Refugee Week: Unity

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Refugee Week (20 – 26 June) is an annual event focusing on raising awareness of issues refugees face, celebrating the contribution of refugees and promotes harmony and togetherness. A virtual screening of Rosemary’s Way on Friday the 25th at 7pm is a fundraiser event open to all people in Australia. There is also a conference from the 6th-7th of July Refugee Alternatives which is both face to face and online, convened by the Refugee Council of Australia.