Director of the Australian Catholic Migrant and Refugee Office, Fr Maurizio Pettena calls for immediate action on the allegations made in the leaked Nauru files. The Nauru files detail numerous alleged incidents of physical and sexual abuse of detainees at Australia’s offshore immigration detention centre. Fr Pettena expressed “grave concern… Read More »Immediate Action needed on Nauru Files
Asia Pacific Teachings
Asia Pacific Teachings on Social Justice
The Bishops of the Asia Pacific region share responsibility for teaching about social justice issues with the Pope. They make a unique contribution to Catholic Social Teaching but their teachings are not generally as well known as those of the Pope or the Bishops of major English speaking countries. Here you can find Asia Pacific teachings by individual Bishops, Bishops Conferences from the Asia Pacific region, and from the Federation of Asian Bishops Conferences (FABC).
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There are sub-categories for the FABC, East Asia, South East Asia, South Asia and the Pacific. These are then broken down further into countries.
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The posts have links to the full text of the teachings. Many include some discussion or commentary. We also offer CST reflection quotes with questions for reflection and discussion.
Catholic Bishops react to Extrajudicial Killings Archbishop Socrates Villegas’ pastoral appeal to law enforcers calls for an end to extrajudicial killings. Archbishop Villegas is Archbishop of Lingayen Dagupan, and president of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines. He was speaking in the wake of a spate of extrajudicial killings… Read More »Extrajudicial Killings condemned by Philippine Bishops
The Justice and Peace Commission of the Diocese of Auckland in New Zealand supports the Living Wage Movement. They have worked together with others in New Zealand since 2013 for a wage that is sufficient to allow a family to live in dignity and participate in society. New Zealand law… Read More »Auckland Catholics Back Living Wage
Migrants, Refugees & the Gospel of Mercy The Australian Catholic Migrant and Refugee Office has prepared a kit for Migrant and Refugee Sunday 2016. It will help individuals, parishes, schools and communities to celebrate the event. The kit shares Pope Francis’ World Day of Migration Message for 2016, and a… Read More »Migrant and Refugee Sunday 2016
Bishop Patrick Dunn, President of the New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference, has welcomed an increase in New Zealand’s refugee intake, and the pilot of a community sponsorship program. He acknowledged that New Zealand’s contribution is modest and pointed to the need to address the causes of the refugee crisis, saying:… Read More »Community Sponsorship for Refugees in New Zealand
The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference (ACBC) has issued a statement urging Catholics to consider how they will vote in the Federal Election 2016. In it they pick up Pope Francis’ expression “thrown away people” highlighting the experiences of Indigenous Australians asylum seekers and refugees survivors of sexual abuse those who… Read More »Election 2016 – Australian Bishops Urge Vote for the Voiceless