Lazarus at our Gate – Australian Bishops Social Justice Statement 2013
The Australian Catholic Bishops’ Social Justice Statement for 2013–2014 calls on the Christian community and all Australians to stand in solidarity with our neighbours around the world who are living in conditions of extreme poverty. They say that five groups in particular need our support: people who face severe hunger; people who are victims...
New Zealand Church calls for Written Constitution
A Constitutional Conversation is going on in the Pacific country of Aotearoa New Zealand. In their submission, the Catholic Bishops support moving to a written constitution and have proposed an Introduction for such a constitution. They explore the meaning of freedom, truth and responsibility. Read their submission here. Development agency Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand...
PNG Bishops Shocked at Rudd-O’Neill Agreement on Refugees
A statement from the Commission for Social Concerns of the Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands Catholic Bishops Conference says “… that while Papua New Guineans are not lacking in compassion for those in need, this country (unlike Australia which is a stable and thriving nation of immigrants) does not have the capacity at...
Catholic Bishops: It is not Wrong to Seek Asylum Here
“The new resettlement arrangements with Papua New Guinea are based on the premise that it is wrong for people fleeing from persecution to seek asylum in Australia” said Bishop Hanna “this is fundamentally untrue.” Read the statement from the Australian Catholic Migrant and Refugee Office here.
PNG Bishops Oppose Plan to Ban Other Religions
The Catholic Bishops of Papua New Guinea have rejected moves by the Parliament towards to banning other religions. Their spokesperson Father Giorgio Licini says “It is not by banning other faiths that we become more Christian.” Read more in this interview.