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Pope urges world to act after latest Mediterranean tragedy
Pope Francis on Sunday urged world leaders to respond "decisively" after 700 migrants were feared drowned in the deadliest migrant shipwreck yet in the Mediterranean.  

Jesuits walk for refugees
Many Jesuits and ministries were among the estimated 15,000 people who marched in Melbourne on Palm Sunday in support of asylum seeker justice.  

Lords debate immigration detention
On Thursday 26 March, the House of Lords debated the report of the inquiry into the use of immigration detention in the United Kingdom. Lord Lloyd of Berwick who served on the inquiry panel, opened the debate – “We are the only country in Europe which allows indefinite detention of this kind. In France, the maximum period is 45 days. In Spain, it is two months and in Italy it is three months, so we are way out of line with these countries”.  

A Maori leader’s message for Abbott
The Mana Movement leader Hone Harawira is accusing the Australian Prime Minister of ignoring the plight of remote indigenous communities in Western Australia.  

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Threat impacts all indigenous communities
A Maori researcher says the threat of shutting down remote Aboriginal communities impinges on the rights of all indigenous people around the world.
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced his government could not afford to keep funding indigenous communities that were too far away from amenities, such as schools or hospitals.
Opposition by tangata whenua was painted all over social media.  

Anzac Business: Lest We Forget How To Exploit An Atrocity For All It Is Worth
And you thought Woolworths’ exploitation of Anzac Day was bad. Wait till you see what News Corporation did over the weekend. Chris Graham of New Matilda explains.  

See also Anzac Day a jarring experience for migrant Australians

Tambora trumps Gallipoli
Australia is spending many millions commemorating in April 2015 the centenary of one disaster. The Gallipoli landing symbolises for Australians one of the greatest man-made catastrophes.
We have almost completely ignored the bicentenary of another disaster more important for the planet and perhaps even for humanity—the eruption on 10 April 1815 of Tambora Mountain in southeastern Indonesia.  

No killing in Gaza in my name – Holocaust survivor
In an open letter published as an ad in the New York Times, Holocaust survivors condemned Israel's Gaza offensive as "genocide." Edith Bell, born in 1923 in Hamburg, talks with DW about why she co-signed.  

The common good ideal – alive if not well
It seems many Australian voters are disenchanted not only by the sense that we are losing that peculiarly Australian sense of a ‘fair go’ for all, but also that our institutions and political processes are disempowering, and our representatives somehow blinded to the need to work actively to reinstate the ideal and practice of a fair go.  

Neoliberal notions of the common good
The heads of three of the world's largest multi-national companies - Google, Apple and Microsoft – have been grilled at the Senate inquiry into corporate tax evasion about the practice of moving profits from Australia to lower tax jurisdictions.  

The Greens and Catholic Social Teaching
"The secret’s out, all over town," as the cowboy crooner Hank Williams once sang. The same can be said about Catholic Social Teaching. What was once described as the Church’s best secret, is now to the faith fore. These days there’s no excuses! writes Jonathan Tulloch in The Tablet.  

Budgeting smarter not harder
In March, Treasurer Hockey said that the 2015 Intergenerational Report (IGR) is“an incredibly important document to start a serious conversation about the challenges and opportunities ahead for Australia” (Hockey 2015) This report seeks to join that conversation on the ground staked out by the IGR. Like the IGR, it begins by looking backwards –surveying the scorched earth of recent budget debate ...  

Jesuit doco highlights Honduran injustice
A new documentary that explores violence and injustice in Honduras from the perspective of journalists at a Jesuit-run radio station was released late last month, coinciding with the 35th anniversary of Archbishop Oscar Romero's murder in neighbouring El Salvador.  

A smarter, more humane approach to crime that saves lives and builds safer communities.
Australia’s First Peoples are dramatically over-represented in prison statistics. ANTaR is campaigning to change this unacceptable situation and to end Aboriginal deaths in custody. Join us!  

Getting to know Catholic Social Teaching
For many years people have said that Catholic Social Teaching is our best kept secret, but I don’t think this is true anymore, writes Sandie Cornish.  

Social Justice & the Churches: Challenges & Responsibilities
Edited by John D'Arcy May
Professor Frank Brennan, Fr Max Vodola, Revd Gerald Rose, Revd Geoff Pound, Revd Raymond Cleary, Dr Mark Zirnsak, Major Jenny Begent, Fr Shenouda Boutros, and Margaret Coffey examine the social traditions of seven churches for today.
This book is available through Social Policy Connections for $25+$5 postage.
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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

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.  

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

Key Principles

Human Dignity
Each person, made in the image and likeness of God, has an inalienable and transcendent human dignity which gives rise to human rights.

The Common Good
We are called to work for conditions which ensure that every person and group in society is able to meet their needs and realize their potential.

The people or groups most directly affected by a decision or policy should have a key decision making role.

We can only grow and achieve our potential in relationship with others. Solidarity encourages us to commit ourselves to the common good.