2014: Death of Ms Dhu, an Aboriginal woman, at South Hedland, WA, sparking a national outcry
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National Aboriginal and Islander Children’s Day
National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day is a time to for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families to celebrate the strengths and culture of their children. The day is an opportunity for all Australians to show their support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, as well as learn about the crucial impact… Read More »National Aboriginal and Islander Children’s Day
1945: Destruction of Hiroshima by atomic bomb
"With deep conviction I wish once more to declare that the use of atomic energy for purposes of war is today, more than ever, a crime not only against the dignity of human beings but against any possible future for our common home. The use of atomic energy for purposes of war is immoral, just… Read More »1945: Destruction of Hiroshima by atomic bomb
10 Days for Peace
Pope John Paul II was the first Pope to visit Hiroshima. You can read his address from 1981 here. It was in response to this address that the Catholic Bishops of Japan established the 10 Days for Peace which run from 6 to 15 August. This is a good time to pray for peace and nuclear disarmament.
Fairtrade Fortnight begins
Fairtrade Fortnight is about people coming together to support farmers and workers around the world. It’s your chance to stand up for what you believe in - whether that’s protecting the environment, gender equality, or ensuring farmers and workers are paid fairly. For more information about this campaign, visit Fairtrade ANZ.
St Mary MacKillop
St Mary of the Cross Mackillop is the first Australian to be recognised as a saint. You can learn more about her life here. For Catholics in Australia, the life and work of St Mary of the Cross MacKillop has become an inspiration and a part of their identity. In Catholic Social Justice Series paper… Read More »St Mary MacKillop
"Truth was Dominic’s motto and his goal. Dominic was born in Spain, the youngest of four children. He was outstanding for his love of truth, his clear thought, his organizing ability, and his sensitive, loving nature. For Dominic, love for people was part of his love for God."Loyola Press
International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples
Do you know who the name of the Indigenous people of the place where you live? Check the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies map of Australia here. Find out more about why the United Nations decided in 1994 to celebrate a World Day of Indigenous Peoples on 9 August here.
1945: Destruction of Nagasaki by atomic bomb
"Countless people at home and abroad, including the hibakusha, hope that Japan, the only country to experience atomic warfare, will lead the international community in abolishing nuclear weapons. In response to that hope, we urge you to sign and ratify the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons."Mitsuaki Takami, Archbishop of Nagasaki, President, Catholic Bishops’… Read More »1945: Destruction of Nagasaki by atomic bomb