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ACSJC Briefing No 175 - February 2016

posted Jan 31, 2016, 10:01 PM by Peter Costello

Welcome to the monthly news and information briefing from the Australian Catholic Social Justice Council, the social justice and human rights agency of the Catholic Church in Australia. This email contains highlights only. The full Briefing is online.

FEBRUARY 2016    ISSUE 175

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FROM THE SECRETARIAT: Francis affirms 'human ability to conquer evil' Francis had encouraging words in his message for the World Day of Peace on the first day of the new year. His message is a heartfelt plea to us all to engage with the world around us, not to turn our backs on suffering and injustice, and 'not to lose hope in our human ability to conquer evil' and to combat resignation and indifference. Read more

ISSUES: Bishop Long challenges Govt on human rights Human Rights Day on 10 December, ACSJC Chair Bishop Vincent Long called on the Australian government to take stock of its performance. He specified the relative lack of progress on key 'Closing the Gap' targets of life expectancy, literacy, numeracy and employment, as well as the 'unfolding human rights disaster' of Australia's continued detention of asylum seekers in the offshore immigration facilities. Read more

 PUBLICATIONS: 2016 Social Justice Diary still available 2016 Social Justice Diary includes the dates of significant events, anniversaries and special days which celebrate particular aspects of social justice. The Diary provides a social justice program for the full year. Information and ideas for prayer and reflection are included. This is an essential resource for teachers and parishes. Read more

EVENTS: Day of prayer, reflection and action against human trafficking Australian Catholic Bishops Commission for Pastoral Life and Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans are calling for a day of prayer, reflection and action against human trafficking on the 8 February feast of St Josephine Bakhita. Read more

 NEWS: Cardinal Pell calls on rich to pay debt to future January, Cardinal George Pell told an international finance conference in Rome that societies such as Australia are unwilling to admit they are living beyond their means and that 'the immense differences in incomes around the world is daunting'. Read more

 DIARY: 13 February 2008: Australian Government Apology to Stolen Generations Minister Kevin Rudd offered a broad apology to all Aborigines and the Stolen Generations for their 'profound grief, suffering and loss' in a carefully worded statement that was greeted by a standing ovation today. Thousands of Aboriginal Australians gathered in Canberra to watch the historic apology, which was televised around the nation and shown at special outdoor settings in remote indigenous communities. Read more

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