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This November issue highlights action by local and regional networks and encourages greater attention to welcoming people with disability.



Advent Wreath
Beginning and Ending
By this time of year our minds are often already in the next year. There are only a handful of working weeks before Australia slides into summer holiday mode, and a new liturgical year is about to begin too. All at once we are in a period of beginning and endings. It is time to take stock, to turn back to what is most important, and to move forward. Dr Sandie Cornish reflects on moving into Advent.



Members of the Brisbane Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace
Living Laudato Si' in Brisbane
Initiated in 2018, the Brisbane Archdiocese Living Laudato Si’ Initiative is now branching out into partnerships with Toowoomba Diocese and the Queensland Churches Environmental Network. You can find out more about the initiative, its activities and the resources that it has produced for parishes, agencies and schools by contacting Peter Arndt at the Brisbane Catholic Justice and Peace Commission.



ICAN campaign to ban nuclear weapons
Nuclear Weapons Treaty Success for ICAN
Now that 50 countries have ratified the International Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, it will enter into force on 22 January 2021. We join Pope Francis in continuing to pray that more countries, including Australia, will become parties to the Treaty. Use our prayer card to promote prayer for an end to nuclear weapons or join the Nobel Prize-winning ICAN campaign.



West Papua protest Melbourne
Hungering for Justice and Peace in the Pacific
The Pacific Conference of Churches is inviting Christians to skip on meal a day between 28 October and 6 December to join the people of West Papua, Kanaky (New Caledonia) and Maohi Nui (French Polynesia) in hungering for justice and peace in our region. The call comes as news emerged of the shooting of Catholic catechist Ruponus Tigau by Indonesian soldiers in West Papua.



Man with Down syndrome serving at a cafe
Making Our Events Inclusive 
The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference Disability Projects Office checklist for welcoming people with disability at conferences and events will be a handy tool as event organisers begin to plan for the future. Disability Projects Officer Trish Mowbray is also available to provide advice. Let's use delays to take extra time to make our events more welcoming.



Aboriginal Catholic artwork
St John Paul II's Alice Springs Address - 29 November 1986
St John Paul II's address to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples remains a source of hope and a challenge for us today. The anniversary is a good occasion to read St John Paul II's address again and to reflect on how well the Church in Australia has joyfully received the contributions of First Nations Catholics. What might be our next steps?



elimination of violence against women
International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women - 25 November 
Although men and children - both girls and boys - may be victims of domestic violence, overwhelmingly the victims of domestic violence are women. Responsibility for prevention and for responding to victims cannot simply be left to our social service organisations - a Church response must include action by parish communities.



People with disability in a church
International Day of Persons with Disability - 3 December
The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference Disability Projects Office has prepared a wide range of resources for the celebration of the International Day of Persons with Disability. They include tips for celebrating the day, liturgy notes, inclusion posters, communication tips, and a guide for making your events inclusive.



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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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