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posted Mar 1, 2015, 2:01 PM by Sean Donovan

MARCH 2015    ISSUE 165


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.



FROM THE SECRETARIAT: Support for AHRC child detention report

The ACSJC is among the national peak bodies, religious groups, and other organisations voicing strong support for The Forgotten Children: National Inquiry into Children in Immigration Detention, the long-awaited report of the expert team that visited 11 detention centres, with repeat visits to Christmas Island, took over a thousand interviews with children and their parents and received over 230 submissions. Read more



ISSUES: Mercy Campaign not giving up hope for Chan and Sukumaran

The Mercy Campaign is still seeking clemency for Myuran Sukamaran and Andrew Chan who were arrested in 2005 in Indonesia for trafficking drugs, even though their appeals have been rejected and their execution is imminent. Read more



PUBLICATIONS: Order Now - 2015 Social Justice Diary

The 2015 Social Justice Diary includes the dates of significant events, anniversaries and special days which celebrate particular aspects of social justice. It provides a social justice program for the full year, including information and ideas for prayer and reflection. Read more



EVENTS: 6 March - World Day of Prayer

The theme for the World Day of Prayer 2015 is 'Jesus said to them 'Do You Know What I Have Done to You?' The World Day of Prayer is a global ecumenical movement which brings Christians of many traditions together to observe a common day of prayer each year. Read more



NEWS: PNG Catholic Church speaks out against death penalty

The Catholic Church of Papua New Guinea spoke out against the resumption of the death penalty, with government plans to execute 13 death row inmates by the end of the year. Read more



DIARY: 26 March 1967 - Release of Populorum Progressio

This is the encyclical written by Pope Paul VI on the topic of 'the progress of peoples'. It stresses that the economy of the world should serve mankind and not just the few. It touches on a variety of principles of Catholic social teaching: the right to a just wage; the right to security of employment; the right to fair and reasonable working conditions; the right to join a union; and the universal destination of resources and goods. Read more




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