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In the lead-up to International Podcast Day, 30 September, we highlight a range of podcasts from our Office and from the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development. Don't forget that Migrant and Refugee Sunday will be celebrated on 27 September this year.


Holy Spirit
Catholic Social Teaching as Social Discernment
Listening to what the Spirit is saying is at the heart of discernment. It is what makes it different from ordinary decision-making or strategic planning. It is also at the heart of contemporary Catholic Social Teaching's approach of reading the signs of the times. Dr Sandie Cornish explains how Catholic Social Teaching is an exercise in social discernment.

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Celebrate the Season of Creation!
Did you know the idea for a Season of Creation came from Australia? Our website provides links to Pope Francis’ video for the Season of Creation and many more resources. The Season of Creation embraces the four Sundays of September and concludes with the Feast of St Francis of Assisi. Office for Social Justice staff will be speaking at the Caritas Catholic Earthcare program’s Convocation 2020.

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Young people and mental health Revolution of Tenderness podcast
Young People & Mental Health
In this episode of The Revolution of Tenderness, Dr Sandie Cornish speaks with Eamon Pollard about young people and mental health, concepts of well-being, and the importance of meaning and purpose for good mental health. Mental ill-health symptoms often emerge during adolescence. Eamon is a school principal and is conducting doctoral research in this area.

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Housing First for Mental Health
Sr Myree Harris rsj OAM talks about homelessness, mental ill-health and disability. She is the Coordinator of the Gethsemane Community which provides secure housing in a family-like setting for people with mental ill-health and intellectual disability who have been homeless. Myree was part of the working group that prepared the 'Do Not be Afraid' Mental Illness and Outreach Guidelines for Parishes.

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listening to podcast
Podcasts from the Future 
Cardinal Peter Turkson, Prefect of the Dicastery for Promotion Human Integral Development kicks off the Podcasts From The Future series. The podcasts present a series of conversations about the issues being discussed by the Vatican COVID-19 Commission and what is needed to “prepare the future”. They were prepared with the collaboration of Faith Invest, the BBC Sunday program and Vatican News.

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International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons - 26 September
Please join us in praying for nuclear disarmament and urging the Australian Government to sign and ratify the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, which is yet to enter into force. While Australia has not signed or ratified the treaty, the Holy See was one of the first nation states to sign and ratify the treaty.

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migrant and refugee Sunday
Migrant and Refugee Sunday - 27 September 
The theme for Migrant and Refugee Sunday 2020 is Forced Like Jesus Christ to Flee. Migrant and Refugee Sunday is now celebrated in Australia on the last Sunday in September, bringing our practice into line with the Church around the world. Read Pope Francis’ Message for the World Day of Migrants and Refugees, access videos and other resources from the Dicastery for the Promotion of Integral Human Development, and find a link to the  Australian Catholic Migrant and Refugee Office’s Migrant & Refugee Sunday Kit on our website.

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revolution of tenderness podcast
International Podcast Day - 30 September
Today is a great day to check out the great variety of faith-inspired podcasts now available. You can listen to our podcast The Revolution of Tenderness for free via your internet browser or on seven different podcast platforms. Through our podcast we seek to share conversations about the living tradition of Catholic social thought and practice. Let us know if there is a topic that you would like us to cover in future episodes.

Come join The Revolution of Tenderness!

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