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Australia has failed to reconcile with its first nation people - concerned Australians
The first step in the process of reconciliation has always posed a huge problem for Australia, writes Michele Harris of concerned Australians. This engages us in learning about, understanding and acknowledging the appalling realities of settlement that stripped away from Aboriginal peoples all of their rights as human beings. Until we are truly knowledgeable about the gross injustices of the past, how can we express our genuine remorse, our sorrow? These are essential steps if we are to move forward.
Pope calls for Ukraine prayers, archbishop warns of danger
Pope Francis has again asked the world's Christians to pray for Ukraine and urged the parties involved in the conflict to engage in dialogue, reports the Catholic News Service.
Ukrainian church head appeals for unity, prayers
The head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church appealed for the unity of his country as Russia effectively took over the Crimea region.
Stop climate chaos
On 20-21 March, European leaders will come together to decide the new EU climate targets (also called the EU 2030 package). These decisions will define EU emissions until 2030 and have the power to unlock renewable energy and green jobs. The targets agreed in this process will also determine the EU's ambition going into international climate negotiations and, if strong enough, could help to raise ambition at a global scale.
Taking climate change seriously
The massive damage caused by months of rain should rid any serious person involved in political life of the idea that climate change is in some way the figment of a few scientists imagination, says Paul Donovan.
CRA calls for national lament over asylum seeker treatment
Catholic Religious Australia is calling for a 'National Lament' for people seeking asylum in Australia.
PNG bishops call for Manus Centre closure
Australia’s Papua New Guinea based Manus Island Refugee processing centre should be closed down, says the Pacific Island nation’s peak Catholic body in an appeal to the Australian government, reports Echo Netdaily.
Manus Island reports reveal four months of suffering for asylum seekers
A major investigation by Guardian Australia lays bare the traumatic realities of life in the Manus Island centre for those held there – including children.
For comment from Bruce Duncan of Social Policy Connections, go to 'Alternatives for Manus Island fiasco' at http://www.socialpolicyconnections.org.au
Sentenced to life at birth: What do Palestinian refugees want?
For more than 66 years, Palestinian refugees have been languishing in squalid conditions across camps in the Middle East. But do all of them agree that a return to Palestine is necessarily the best solution? Through her extensive research, Paula Schmitt finds that while different refugees may have different desires, hopelessness remains everyone’s worst enemy.
'Ending modern slavery: human trafficking today - discover the realities of human trafficking even in Australia
Wednesday 19 March 6.30 to 8pm
Cardinal Knox Centre,
383 Albert St
RSVP by 14 March to firstname.lastname@example.org
For information, call 03 0953 8550
ERC Asylum Seekers and Refugees
An education resource with activities for students, focusing on real people and their stories.
The resource is available to download at no cost. For information call 02 8762 4200 or go to erc.org.au
End gender-based violence
With an estimated up to two million people, mostly women and children, trafficked annually for prostitution, forced labour, slavery or servitude, the United Nations’ UNiTE campaign focusing on ending violence against women and children has called for a focus on this issue on the 25th of every month.
Were you there...
By Sandie Cornish
This recording was made at the Pitt Street Uniting Church in Sydney during an ecumenical service praying for refugees and asylum seekers.
Let the Son Shine
An Australian Catholic response to climate change
The words 'climate change' are on many people’s lips. Scientific evidence has convinced many that humans are largely responsible for this change and must act urgently to address it. Others have been shocked out of complacency and into reflection by fickle weather conditions, ranging from recent hurricanes in New Orleans to a ten-year drought throughout Australia. So says Columban Fr Charles Rue in a new release, Let the Son Shine
The Call to Justice in Scripture
How do you experience the Scriptures calling you to live justly? This PowerPoint can be used for personal reflection or as stimulus material for group discussion. Reflecting on The Call to Justice in Scripture
Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church
Major International Catholic Social Teaching Documents