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.
This year's theme is Nonviolence: A Style of Politics for Peace. Pope Francis includes a poignant description of the state of today's world. Unlike last century, which was racked by two world wars and the so-called Cold War, this century sees us 'engaged in a horrifying world war fought piecemeal'. The ACSJC has prepared a discussion guide, which is on our website now. Read more
The Global Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation launched in Melbourne in 1998. Pope Francis told its recent gathering in Rome that the lack of concern for persons is a sign of regression and dehumanisation in any political or economic system. 'A world economic system that discards men, women and children because they are no longer considered useful or productive according to criteria drawn from the world of business or other organisations, is unacceptable, because it is inhumane'. Read more
The 2017 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 resource for the full year. Information and ideas for prayer and reflection are included. This is an essential resource for teachers and parishes. Read more
You're invited to a special night of inspiration and equipping at the beginning of 2017 as together as followers of Christ, we renew our commitment to justice. More than ever, the world need courageous men and women to live with justice and compassion and the Christian social justice movement TEAR is passionate about walking this journey with you. Read more NATIONAL | NSW | ACT | VIC | QLD | SA | WA | TAS | NT
Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin of Newark has criticised US President Donald Trump's new orders to build a border wall and crack down on so-called 'sanctuary cities' that protect immigrants. He also vowed also to continue resettling refugees in the face of Trump's presidential directive to keep those from volatile Muslim countries from entering the US. Read more
This is an observance initiated by Pope John Paul II in 1992 as a way for the faithful to offer prayers for those suffering from illnesses. This year the theme is 'Amazement at what has happened'. Pope Francis says in his message: '[We] should [be] inspire[d] to speak openly of our human weaknesses and to address the challenges of present-day healthcare and technology. On this World Day of the Sick, may we find new incentive to work for the growth of a culture of respect for life, health and the environment.' Read more