2009: Pope Benedict XVI’s encyclical Caritas in Veritate (Charity in Truth)
“Knowing that we, as persons and communities, are part of God’s family gives us a vision and energy to serve a truly integral human development.”Pope Benedict XVI, Caritas in Veritate, n 78. Read a general introduction to Caritas in Veritate here.
World Social Media Day
Can you imagine living through a pandemic without social media? World Social Media Day is a time to recognise and celebrate social media's impact of global communication. Here are some ideas for activities: Revisit the Social Justice Statement Making it Real: Genuine human encounter in our digital world with your parish, school or community group.Share… Read More »World Social Media Day
1945: Introduction of unemployment benefits in Australia
Coming of the Light Festival
The Coming of the Light is a holiday celebrated by Torres Strait Islanders on 1 July each year. It recognises the adoption of Christianity through island communities during the late nineteenth century. Find out more here.
2012: Commencement of the Fair Work Amendment (TCF Industry) Act
Many of the outworkers in the garment industry are migrant women. They are often vulnerable to exploitation due to limited English language skills or lack of knowledge about their rights as workers. The 2012 amendment to the Fair Work Act aimed at ensuring fair pay and conditions for them. Find out more here. The amendment… Read More »2012: Commencement of the Fair Work Amendment (TCF Industry) Act
1971: Yvonne Goolangong Crawley wins Wimbledon
1970: Death of women’s rights activist Jessie Street
2016: Election of Linda Burney as first Aboriginal woman member of the Australian Parliament
The Hon Linda Burney MP has contributed significantly to the development of Indigenous communities locally, regionally and nationally as an educator, championing reconciliation in Australia, as Member of the NSW Parliament, and as the Federal Member for Barton. In 2014 she received a NAIDOC Week lifetime achievement award. You can read the citation here.
St Thomas, Apostle
We feel great kinship for the apostle Thomas because, like him, most of us curiously combine faith and doubt. We sometimes share the enthusiasm St. Thomas expressed when upon Lazarus’s death Jesus decided to go to Bethany. “Let’s go too,” Thomas said to the other disciples,“that we may die with him” (see John 11:16). But… Read More »St Thomas, Apostle
International Day of Cooperatives
The United Nations International Day of Cooperatives is celebrated annually on the first Saturday of July. This year, the theme of the International Day of Cooperatives 2020 is Cooperatives for Climate Action. Since 1995, the International Cooperative Alliance (ICA) and the United Nations have been setting the theme for the celebration of the International Day… Read More »International Day of Cooperatives
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Sunday
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Sunday is the first Sunday in July. NAIDOC Week follows because it is always celebrated in the first full week of July. This year, due to COVID-19 restrictions, there will be an online Mass for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Sunday steamed live from the Adelaide Cathedral. Here is an… Read More »Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Sunday
Here is an important announcement from the National NAIDOC Committee: The National NAIDOC Committee has decided to postpone NAIDOC Week 2020 (5 July - 12 July) in the interest of safety for our communities. This decision was not taken lightly.We have taken on-board the advice from the Federal Government, health experts, our key partners and… Read More »NAIDOC Week