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​​In October, Social Justice Trends focuses on advocating for a more just world. 


2021-22 Launch invitation for Social Justice Statement
Questions on Submarine Spending

Bishop Vincent Long, Chair of the Australian Bishops Commission for Social Justice, Mission and Service, has written on the nuclear submarine deal by the Federal Government with the United States. “The Australian Government’s decision to buy nuclear-powered submarines has brought to the surface once again big questions around how governments should spend money, particularly during a pandemic.”



Front cover of the Social Justice Statement
Call for Integral Ecclesiology

Fr Richard Lennan, Professor of Systematic Theology at Boston College, addressed the First Assembly of the Plenary Council as one of its expert advisors. He explained that we need an "integral ecclesiology" to parallel Pope Francis' "integral ecology". This will mean taking into account how as many factors as possible fit in with our relationship with God, and with who we are as a people of faith.

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Laudato Si' Action Platform Update

Join with people around the world for the 40-day campaign of prayers for the Laudato Si' Action Platform. The prayers feature seven sectors of the Church invited to participate in the Laudato Si' Action Goals – individuals and families, education institutions, hospitals, the economy, groups and organisations, parishes and dioceses, and religious organisations. It ends on 14 November when the Laudato Si’ Planning Guides and related materials will be published.



Cry of the Earth, Cry of the Poor Action Card heading
Pope, Patriarch and Archbishop Unite

“Today’s children and teenagers will face catastrophic consequences unless we take responsibility now,” Pope Francis, the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and Archbishop Justin Welby of Canterbury have said in a joint statement on the protection of Creation. They emphasise COP26: “We pray for our leaders who will gather in Glasgow to decide the future of our planet and its people…’To whom much is given, much is required.’ (Lk 12:48)."



5 prayer cards for the Social Justice Statement 2021-22
Afghanistan and PNG Campaigns 

The Catholic Alliance for People Seeking Asylum, of which the ACBC Office for Justice, Ecology and Peace is a part, is running an ongoing campaign to support the people of Afghanistan. It is looking for people to contact their local member of Parliament and advocate for 20,000 refugee places and permanent protection. Offshore processes will end in Papua New Guinea with the Australian and PNG governments ending their agreement. The policies will continue on Nauru.



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First Anniversary of Fratelli Tutti

The first anniversary of the release of Pope Francis’ encyclical Fratelli Tutti was celebrated on 3 October, 2021. The encyclical, which focuses on social friendship and overcoming racism and discrimination through dialogue and encounter, has a new website. It contains many resources anyone can use to share the message that we are all one family. Videos, infographics, reflections, social media graphics, photos and prayers are available.



5 prayer cards for the Social Justice Statement 2021-22
World Day of the Poor

The fifth World Day of the Poor will be celebrated around the world on 14 November. The theme for this year is “The Poor will Always Be With You”. The ACBC Office for Justice, Ecology and Peace has created a discussion guide for groups to reflect on the structures that lead to poverty and how we are all linked together as brothers and sisters. A prayer, prayer service and image are available to support parishes and schools.



People sitting in a park
Dili Massacre 30th Anniversary

12 November marks the 30th anniversary of the Dili Massacre in Timor-Leste, which killed 271. Unarmed and peaceful protesters were violently attacked and killed by Indonesian troops at a Santa Cruz Cemetery while they advocated for justice after the death of Sebastiao Gomes two weeks earlier. Prayer, music and information is available to commemorate the day.



- World Day of the Poor – 14 November
- International Ignatian Ecospirituality Conference – 25-30 April 2022


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Bishop Vincent Long Van Nguyen OFM Conv (Chair), Bishop Paul Bird CSsR, Bishop Terence Brady, Bishop Karol Kulczycki SDS, Bishop Bosco Puthur, Bishop Donald Sproxton.
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