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Social Justice News

For news and resources on specific justice issues (Asylum seekers, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Justice, Ecological Justice, Economic Justice and Human Trafficking), please proceed to Issues & Advocacy.

Tuesday, 24 January 2017 12:23

Josephite Sister seeks outcome on Timor Gap

Sr Susan Connelly rsj 150Josephite Sister Susan Connelly urges Australians to maintain pressure on the Federal Government to negotiate a fair maritime boundary with East Timor, reports The Catholic Leader.

homeless manCatholic ministries joined other Victorian homelessness, housing and social services organisations in an open letter asking for a shift in the conversation away from vilifying rough sleepers to a focus on the lack of affordable housing.

Tuesday, 13 December 2016 23:01

Resources on peace and children's rights

childrens rights report 2016 cvrThe CRA Justice Network offers two main areas for study, reflection and prayer over the holidays and beyond: peace making and the rights of children.

homeless manCatholic Social Services Australia (CSSA) joins over 200 social services organisations calling on the Prime Minister to provide long-term funding to prevent homelessness and support vulnerable women and children.

Tuesday, 15 November 2016 11:30

Call to peace

peace posterWhen violence and hatred in speech and in attitude are proposed as normal, it is time for peace movements, in Australia and elsewhere, to rise up and renew their commitment to nonviolence and peacemaking, writes CRA Justice Coordinator Father Claude Mostowik msc.

Wednesday, 26 October 2016 18:30

Don't cut Newstart

CRA Yr of Mercy 2In a media release, Catholic Religious Australia (CRA) expresses its support for those who call for an increase in Newstart allowance rather than imposing stricter obligations upon Australians on welfare payments.

Tuesday, 18 October 2016 17:29

Poverty on the rise in Australia

dignity and workThe Australian Council of Social Service's new report shows that 731,300 children and nearly three million of the general population are living in poverty.

Friday, 30 September 2016 14:41

Anti Poverty Week: 16-22 October

Anti Poverty Wk poster 2016Anti-Poverty Week is a week where all Australians are encouraged to organise or take part in an activity aiming to highlight or overcome issues of poverty and hardship in Australia or overseas. Here are some suggested activities for this week.

Tuesday, 27 September 2016 14:36

Seeking justice for our Timorese neighbours

Sr Susan Connelly rsj 150Following the decision from The Hague opening the way for talks between Australia and East Timor on the Timor Sea dispute, Josephite Sister Susan Connelly says it is important for Australians to assist their political representatives to work towards establishing a fair and permanent border with the Timorese.

social justice statement 2016We should celebrate the great ‘success story’ of our ageing population and, as a fair and compassionate nation, foster solidarity among all generations, said Bishop Antoine-Charbel Tarabay from the Australian Catholic Social Justice Council at the launch of the 2016-2017 Social Justice Statement on 6 September 2016.

Tuesday, 02 August 2016 10:29

Social justice in an ageing society

elderlyThe Social Justice Statement for 2016–17 urges us to challenge ‘ageism’ which stereotypes older people as being dependent, incapable or a burden on society and think about social justice and policies issues related to our ageing population, writes John Ferguson.

Sr Susan Connelly rsj 150It is amazing that Australian tax-payers’ money is being used to fight a small neighbour over where the fence-line should be. And with all the talk about “border protection”, there isn’t a border between Australia and Timor, says Josephite Sister Susan Connelly.

free west papuaChurch leaders are calling on the major political parties to end their double standards on human rights advocacy in the region with successive Australian governments ignoring human rights abuses by Indonesian security forces in West Papua while condemning similar abuses elsewhere in the region, reports The Catholic Leader.

Monday, 13 June 2016 23:30

Discussion guides on dignity and work

dignity and workThe Australian Catholic Social Justice Council (ACSJC) offers three short discussion guides that address critical issues concerning justice for Australia’s most vulnerable workers or for those who confront the reality of unemployment.

Friday, 03 June 2016 09:07

From just war to just peace

peace posterFr Claude Mostowik msc reflects on the need to rethink Catholic teaching on war and peace towards a spirituality of nonviolent peacemaking from his experience of a groundbreaking conference in Rome on this topic early this year.

Monday, 23 May 2016 12:47

NetAct releases 2016 election kit

ausflag150NetAct has published an election kit in the lead up to the Australian federal election to be used for reflection and discussion on current issues from the perspective of our humanity and faith.

free west papuaRead the report from a fact-finding mission to West Papua entitled "We Will Lose Everything". 

Tuesday, 26 April 2016 10:28

Revitalising the tools of nonviolence

Fr Claude Mostowik msc 150Listen to CRA Justice Coordinator Fr Claude Mostowik msc with other peace advocates on ABC Radio on rethinking the concept of "just war" after attending the groundbreaking conference in Rome on "Non-Violence and Just Peace" early this month.

free west papuaAllegations of recent military and police intimidation, beatings and torture, kidnapping and murder in West Papua, have been documented in a new Church report based on a fact finding mission led by Josephite Sister Susan Connelly, reports The Catholic Leader.

Fr Frank Brennan sj2Decent Australians and Timorese expect a change on the negotations of a maritime boundary. Turnbull will have to stop preaching on the South China Sea if he is not prepared to act in the Timor Sea, writes Father Franks Brennan sj in Eureka Street.

Fr Bruce Duncan cssr150The western media largely missed the significance of Pope Francis’ February 2016 visit to Chiapas, in which he highlighted an indigenous social movement against neoliberalism and encouraged real participation in social reform, land ownership and empowerment of local and regional communities, writes Redemptorist Father Bruce Duncan.

holy cross intl justice logoThe reflection series "Wake Up the World: Reflections with Pope Francis" explores justice issues through prayerful reflection of topics grounded on Pope Francis' encyclical Laudato si,’ his apostolic exhortation Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel) and other communications. 

coloured pencils educThe Society of the Sacred Heart (RSCJ) has written its first intervention to the Commission for Social Development of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) on popular education, a process successfully applied by RSCJ in Latin America.

FamilyViolenceForum2016"We are moving closer to almost two women who die due to family violence each week in Australia," said Good Samaritan Sister Michelle Reid who joined Paul Linossier, Chief Executive of Wesley Mission and other panellists at a public forum addressing family violence during the ‘Review, Reimagine, Renew’ mission conference.

marrakesh declaration logoIn January, Muslim leaders released the Marrakesh Declaration, a modern update to Muhammad’s Charter of Medina calling for religious freedom for non-Muslims in majority-Muslim countries and to declare that violence cannot be done in the name of Islam.

women abuseA recently published study by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) showed that fleeing domestic and family violence is is a major cause of homelessness in Australia, according to a media release.

women farmersThe discrepancy in gender equality in agriculture is a serious barrier to achieving food and nutrition security, with the role of women neither recognised nor supported, writes Anna-Marie Muller.

Friday, 29 January 2016 12:24

Global report highlights children's rights

world report 2016The Human Rights Watch World Report 2016 is the 26th edition of human rights reviews in more than 90 countries. Among the featured essays that may be of interest in the 659-page report are "Ending Child Marriage" by Nisha Varia and "Children Behind Bars: The Global Overuse of Detention of Children" by Michael Garcia Bochenek.

mining conference 2015In Pope Francis' Lenten message, he talks about the corrupting influence of money and power and points out that caring for the poor, and not just praying for them, is the path to genuine conversion, reports the National Catholic Reporter (NCR).

Monday, 07 December 2015 09:25

A Prayer for Human Rights Day

human rights day 150Human Rights Day, observed every 10th of December, commemorates the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Here is a prayer for Human Rights Day for reflection and sharing.

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