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Our October issue brings news of the restructuring of the Bishops Conference's work for social and ecological justice and peace.



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Thankyou & Farewell
After 18 eventful years, John Ferguson is saying goodbye to the Office for Social Justice. "Over the years, there has been the occasional grand victory" he said, "but for the most part, what wins the day is the culmination of small victories by individuals and communities working tirelessly together, day-by-day for the good of all and with special concern for the most vulnerable." 



Bishop Vincent Long
Making New Ways
Bishop Vincent Long, Chair of the Bishops Commission for Social Justice, Mission and Service, pays tribute to long-time Director of the Office for Social Justice, John Ferguson, and outlines the Commission's new structures. The Office for Social Justice will continue to serve the Commission and the membership of the Australian Catholic Social Justice Council is set to be revamped.



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Solidarity with the Philippines
Bishop Vincent Long has expressed the Australia Bishops' solidarity with the people of the Philippines in their struggle for justice, human rights and the rule of law at an online forum on Church People's Prophetic Stance Against State Terrorism, organised by the Ecumenical Human Rights Advocacy Network for the Philippines. He joined Church leaders in the Philippines in condemning acts of violence and terror that have escalated in intensity and frequency under the Duterte government's war on drugs.



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Integral Ecology in the Spirituality of Catholic Social Teaching
Presenting at the Catholic Earthcare Convocation 2020, Dr Sandie Cornish said Laudato Si' challenges us to consider the truth of who we are before God, and in creation. If we want real and lasting change, we cannot avoid these deep-down questions that go to the heart of our spirituality. She went on to discuss the spirituality of Catholic Social Teaching and how Laudato Si' calls for a renewed anthropology and cosmology.

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World Mental Health Day - 10 October 
This year many of us are more acutely aware than ever of the challenges of nurturing good mental health in ourselves, our families and communities. World Mental Health Day is a good opportunity to reflect on the Social Justice Statement To Live Life to the Full: Mental Health in Australia today, and to access the Do Not Be Afraid website's guidelines and resources to assist parishes in welcoming and supporting people with mental ill-health and their families.



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Anti-Poverty Week - 12 to 18 October
The aim of Anti-Poverty Week is to strengthen public understanding of the causes and consequences of poverty and hardship around the world and in Australia, and to encourage research, discussion and action to address these problems including action by individuals, communities, organisations and governments. Events are scheduled all over the country and online.



Fratelli Tutti: On Fraternity and Social Friendship
Pope Francis’ new social encyclical issues a strong challenge to xenophobia and an exaggerated focus on national self-interest. It encourages social and economic inclusion at all levels and stresses that all human beings are sisters and brothers, members of one human family. This is a timely message for Australia.


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Bishop Vincent Long Van Nguyen OFM Conv (Chair), Bishop Paul Bird CSsR, Bishop Terence Brady, Bishop Max Davis, Bishop Bosco Puthur, Bishop Christopher Saunders, Bishop Donald Sproxton, Bishop William Wright.
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