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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.

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. 

Wednesday, 21 August 2013 07:56

Making our vote count

The CRA Justice Network reminds us to heed CRA President Sister Annette Cunliffe’s words, “Australians need to cast a vote that is responsible and principled”.

Wednesday, 31 July 2013 19:52

This is the face of our brother and sister

In preparation for the Federal Election, NetAct, a coalition of Catholic Social Justice, Welfare and Educational Agencies, has prepared a reflection paper on asylum seekers offering some suggestions for action we can take.

Wednesday, 17 July 2013 21:44

A vote for justice that puts people first

The Gospel call challenges us to help create a just society. Through our prayer and discernment, we can cast a vote that is responsible and together we can make an impact by identifying where the injustices are, really listening to the people affected, and then harnessing the potential of all Religious and colleagues to influence change.

A successful educational partnership between the Archdiocese of Erbil, Catholic Religious Australia Queensland (CRAQld) and the Australian Catholic University (ACU) is helping to establish a peaceful and productive future for Christians in Iraq's north, writes Paul Dobbyn.

Wednesday, 27 February 2013 12:29

Opportunities for justice this Lent

There are opportunities for engaging in justice this Lenten season, through events and advocacy campaigns on the following issues: asylum seekers, women and globalisation, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. 

Tuesday, 23 October 2012 23:25

Advocacy: a Catholic tradition

Christian Brother Shane Wood writes about the nature of Catholic advocacy and how we can take part in the struggle of religious men and women who walk closely with those on the margins of the mainstream. 

Tuesday, 18 September 2012 13:19

Liturgical experience of justice

Dr Charles Rue ssc, Coordinator for the Columban Justice Peace and Integrity in Australia (JPICoz) understands the zeal for the sacred and the activism of the secular. He discusses the mutuality between liturgy and justice and points out that both give meaning and motive to each other,  yielding a richer spirituality of justice

You are invited to the national launch of the Social Justice Statement 2012–2013, "The Gift of Family in Difficult Times: The social and economic challenges facing families today."

Thursday, 30 August 2012 13:53

National Child Protection Week

The Church’s National Committee for Professional Standards invites every Catholic in Australia to take an active part in National Child Protection Week from 2-8 September and, in particular, follow the liturgy to pray for the safety of our children on Child Protection Sunday. 

Preparations for the observance of this week has been coordinated by a committee of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference and Catholic Religious Australia (CRA) and has been overwhelmed by the response and request for additional material.

Thursday, 19 April 2012 10:13

Women working for world-wide justice

Globe outside UN, New York CRA’s Justice Network Coordinator, Sister Suzette Clark rsc recently joined women from all over the world for the United Nations (UN) 56th session of the Commission on the Status of Women in New York.

Wednesday, 04 April 2012 16:37

Standing for justice at Easter

Fr Steve Curtin sjAt Easter we remember how Jesus placed himself with detainees, prisoners and others throughout history who have been reviled and tortured. Where are we when this is happening in our world today asks Father Steve Curtin sj.

Monday, 20 February 2012 09:40

UN World Day of Social Justice

Jesuit Social Services is calling on everyone to do one thing on Monday 20 February, UN World Day of Social Justice that acknowledges social exclusion and injustice, and to make a commitment to act justly.

Wednesday, 14 December 2011 16:11

Selling uranium to India

uraniumA recent decision to sell uranium to India has created much discussion and raised the question of how international law regulates traffic in nuclear weapons, and the materials and technology to make them.

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