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posted Aug 31, 2015, 3:25 PM by Sean Donovan



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.





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FROM THE SECRETARIAT: ACSJC and ACMRO chair reflects on ISIS barbarity

In a message for the World Day of Migrants and Refugees, Bishop Vincent Long issued a powerful reminder of the atrocities that have forced desperate people to flee somewhere - anywhere - to seek safety. 'How can it be, that fellow human beings can inflict such acts of torture and barbarity on one another? It is precisely now that the message of the Gospels needs to be proclaimed.' Read more




ISSUES: Australia's poor record in welcoming the stranger

International law expert Justin Glyn SJ reflects on the reality that it is the poorest countries - Lebanon, Iran, Pakistan and Jordan - who are bearing the bulk of the burden in housing refugees. 'Our faith tells us that "the Lord watches over the stranger" and that we are to love them [but Australia is] not doing a terribly good job at the moment'. Read more




PUBLICATIONS: Social Justice Statement 2015-16 available to order

The ACSJC website contains an order form for this year's Social Justice Statement on refugees arriving by boat. There is also a letter from the President of the Bishops Conference and summary material, and - prior to Social Justice Sunday - Liturgy Notes, a PowerPoint presentation and community and education resources. Read more




EVENTS: 21 September - International Day of Peace

Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on 21 September. The General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples. Read more




NEWS: Caritas says Govt emissions target 'too little too late'

Caritas Australia criticised the Australian Government's new target to reduce carbon pollution by 26-28% of 2005 levels by 2030 is inadequate for many of the global poor, including our Pacific neighbours. Read more




DIARY: 5 September 1997 - Death of Mother Teresa of Calcutta

The whole of Mother Teresa's life and labour bore witness to the joy of loving, the greatness and dignity of every human person. But hidden even from those closest to her, was her interior life marked by an experience of a deep, painful and abiding feeling of being separated from God, along with an ever-increasing longing for his love. Read more





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