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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.

soc justice statement 2015 cvrCRA Justice Network Coordinator Fr Claude Mostowik msc, speaking as President of Pax Christi Australia, has called on the Australian government to give much-needed financial aid for food and medical supplies to civilians in Syria instead of extending bombing raids on IS targets.

Fr Claude Mostowik msc 150CRA Justice Network Coordinator, Fr Claude Mostowik msc, has written to the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Peter Dutton, over his joke about rising sea levels in Pacific Island Nations, urging him to be informed on the issue, listen to voices of Pacific peoples and make a public apology.

praying handsLost for words in prayer at the enormity of the refugee crisis? Looking for a prayerful response to the devastating stories on refugees, war and displacement and other justice issues?

W Papua Report cvrOn August 15, 1962, the future of West Papua was determined by the Netherlands, Indonesia and the USA in the so-called “New York Agreement”. The voice missing was that of the West Papuan people. Read an eyewitness report of a recent visit to West Papua by Peter Arndt.

Tuesday, 18 August 2015 20:33

Partnerships for peace and compassion

Fr Claude Mostowik msc 150It may be hard to imagine how Fr Claude Mostowik msc could do more to build partnerships for social justice advocacy, but he’s aiming to do even more as CRA’s new Justice Network Coordinator.

Monday, 03 August 2015 12:40

Homelessness Prevention Week

HPW Poster 150jpgOn any given night in Australia, 1 in 200 people are homeless. Homelessness Prevention Week, observed on 3-9 August 2015, calls on Australians to help end homelessness.

PopeFrancis150The Pope's address at the Second World Meeting of Popular Movements in Bolivia urged his audience to say "No" to an "economy of exclusion and inequality" in favour of a Christian model that meets the needs of every person. Read the Pope's strongest call yet for social justice.

Tuesday, 12 May 2015 18:04

A voice for the voiceless

Sr Jane Keogh csm congressIn her address at the 2015 Australian Catholic Communications Congress, Sister Jane Keogh csb shared her personal story as a Brigidine Sister, teacher and social justice advocate and urged Catholic media delegates to be a voice for the poor and persecuted.

Sr Denise Desmarchelier ibvmLoreto Sister Denise Desmarchelier is starting a social justice program to help Adelaide parishes respond to the immediate needs of the most vulnerable locally and to cast an eye wider to social injustice on a national and global scale, writes Rebecca DiGirolamo.

Monday, 13 April 2015 15:56

Domestic disaster

domesticviolence-150x150Brisbane Good Samaritan Sister Bernardina Sontrop hopes the latest State Government report on domestic violence can help slow the spread of an epidemic that claimed 17 lives in Queensland from 2012 to 2013, writes Peter Dobbyn.

Monday, 02 March 2015 10:00

International Women's Day

UN women150Celebrated globally on 8 March, International Women’s Day, will highlight the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, a historic roadmap signed 20 years ago that sets the agenda for realizing women’s rights. While there have been many achievements since then, many serious gaps remain.

Friday, 20 February 2015 11:24

2015 World Day of Social Justice

acrath small posterThe theme for this year's World Day of Social Justice focuses on ending human trafficking and forced labour. All are encouraged to support efforts in poverty eradication, the promotion of full employment and decent work, gender equity and access to social well-being and justice for all.

Monday, 15 December 2014 21:18

Thank you

Sr Suzette Clark rsc 150As Sister Suzette Clark rsc moves on from her role as Justice Network Coordinator at CRA, she offers her thanks for all the support and prayerful participation in the National Lament.

Monday, 17 November 2014 23:43

Our commitment to justice

Sr Berneice Loch rsm 150CRA President Sister Berneich Loch rsm reaffirms the importance of advocacy on behalf of those who suffer discrimination and injustice and the CRA Council's committment to support collaboration among its members in matters of justice and advocacy.

Pope Francis 150Pope Francis has sent a letter to Prime Minister Tony Abbot ahead of the G20 summit in Brisbane, calling for the proceedings to lead to real improvements in living conditions of the poor, reduction of inequality and in particular, to show solidarity and generosity to refugees.

the wayof peaceThe Columban Mission Institute’s Centre for Peace, Ecology and Justice has launched an online resource to enable Christian reflection and response during the time of the Anzac Centenary and beyond.

helping the worldThe International Day for the Eradication of Poverty will be celebrated on 17 October 2014 with the theme, "Leave no one behind: think, decide and act together against extreme poverty."

Wednesday, 01 October 2014 11:09

2014 World Mission Sunday

World Mission Sunday 2014Pope John Paul II described World Mission Sunday as"an important day in the life of the Church because it teaches how to give: as an offering made to God, in the Eucharistic celebration and for all the missions of the world". This year World Mission Day is Sunday 19 October 2014.

sport cover150We celebrate Social Justice Sunday on 28 September. This year’s Social Justice Statement is titled: ‘A Crown for Australia: Striving for the best in our sporting nation,’ which celebrates the place of sport in our national life. The Statement also challenges us to look at sport’s darker side – the potential for violence, abuse and corruption.

Thursday, 18 September 2014 07:33

World Day of Peace 2014

peaceday2014Each 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.

Monday, 01 September 2014 08:48

National Child Protection Week: 7-13 September

napcan150 2014The key messages for National Child Protection Week 2014 continue to be “Protecting Children is Everyone’s Business” and “Play Your Part”. The campaign invites you, your family, your workplace and your community to get involved in promoting the wellbeing and safety of children and young people in your local area. 

Monday, 18 August 2014 13:09

Stop the violence

candles150CRA President Sr Berneice Loch rsm reaffirmed the solidarity of Australian religious in praying for an end to the violence and human suffering in Iraq, Gaza, Syria and the Ukraine as prayer vigils for peace were recently held in the Brisbane archdiocese, writes Paul Dobbyn.

Tuesday, 03 June 2014 11:15

The Golden Rule liturgical resource

the-golden-rule-poster150The Golden Rule Poster, made available by the Columban Mission Institute's Centre for Christian-Muslim Relations, is a handy resource to introduce and teach human solidarity.

Sr Annette Cunliffe rsc 150Each of us is called to weigh our own attitude to money, resources and power, writes CRA President Sister Annette Cunliffe. How committed are we to people who are in real need, such as refugees, people sleeping on the streets, or those trying to stretch the weekly income to cover food and clothing for their children?

Friday, 07 February 2014 11:15

World Day of the Sick 2014

world day of the sick"When we draw near with tender love to those in need of care, we bring hope and God's smile to the contradictions of the world. When generous devotion to others becomes the hallmark of our actions, we give way to the heart of Christ and bask in its warmth." -Pope Francis' message for the 22nd World Day of the Sick, 11 February.

Sunday, 15 December 2013 19:03

In watchfulness, longing and rebirth

Sr Suzette Clark rsc 150Despite widespread social injustice, advent reminds us we are people of hope, writes Sister Suzette Clark rsc.

Sr Clare Condon sgs150Sister Clare Condon, Congregational Leader of the Sisters of the Good Samaritan of the Order of St Benedict, has won the 2013 Human Rights Medal, reports the Australian Human Commission in a media release.

Monday, 18 November 2013 21:32

Don't forget the poor

Sr Annette Cunliffe rsc 150Religious men and women are only too aware of the 'joys and hopes, the griefs and anxities' of the poor in the world. Among those who urgently need our voice in protest and advocacy are refugees and aslyum seekers who are being treated with shameful disregard by the Australian Government, writes CRA President Sister Annette Cunliffe rsc.

Lazarus coverWhat will we do, as individuals and as a nation, to help those most in need who sit at our gate? The 2013 Social Justice Statement urges Australians to  help the world’s poorest and to work to combat poverty wherever it is found.

The 2013–2014 Social Justice Statement from the Australian Catholic Bishops calling the Australian government to renew its commitment to address global poverty, according to a media release from the Australian Catholic Social Justice Council. 

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