In 2014 we celebrate the 100th World Migrant and Refugee Day. The Australian Catholic Migrant & Refugee Office has prepared a kit to help communities and individuals to celebrate Migrant & Refugee Sunday. The theme is The Holy Family in Exile, and it contains Pope Francis’ Message for the day, a pastoral letter from Bishop Gerard Hanna, statistics, reflections (including one by Sandie Cornish), prayers – and a board game! You can download the kit and associate resources in various formats here.
The Director of the Australian Catholic Migrant & Refugee Office has responded to reports of Tamil asylum seekers being intercepted at sea and handed over to the Sri Lankan navy by reminding the Australian Government of its duty to respect the principle of non-refoulement. Read more below [gview file=”https://social-spirituality.net/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/ACMRO-Media-Release-Process-asylum-claims-3-July-2014.pdf”].
20 June is World Refugee Day. To help you to celebrate achievements, and to plan for more effective action, here are links to a selection of quotes for reflection from the CST Quotes section of our website. Bishop Gerard Hanna 27 May 2014 Policy is putting lives at risk. Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, 8 May 2014. Bishops plea: respect asylum seekers’ rights. Bishop Gerard Hanna, 1 May 2014 Don’t shift Responsibility for resettlement. Australian Catholic Bishops, 1 April 2014. Asylum seekers need access to legal advice. PNG Solomon Island Bishops, 28 February 2014. Death on Manus Island. Bishop Gerard Hanna, 19 February 2014. Australian Bishops mourn death of asylum seeker. Pope Francis, 29 December 2013. Rejecting the Holy Family. Australian Catholic Bishops Social Justice Statement 2013 – 2014 Solidarity & protection. Bishop Christopher Saunders, 21 January 2014. Asylum seekers need protection and security. Pope Francis, 1 January 2014. Sisters and brothers, not enemies. PNG SI Bishops, July 2013. PNG and Solomon Islands Bishops shocked at refugee deal with Australia. Bishop Gerard Hanna, July 2013. It is not wrong to seek asylum. John XXIII, Pacem in Terris, 1963 Ease the pain of migration. John XXIII, Pacem in Terris, 1963, n 106. The right to migrate. John XXIII, Pacem in Terris, n 104, 1963. Refugees have human rights. John XXIII, Pacem in Terris, n 102, 1963. Provide employment in home countries. John XXIII, Pacem in Terris, n 25, 1963. Freedom of movement.
Looking for Evangelii Gaudium resources? Here are two Evangelii Gaudium resources to help you unpack the Apostolic Exhortation. The Francis Effect: the Joy of Living the Gospel Catholic Mission Australia worked together with Catholic Religious Australia to produce this ebook. It contains twelve short essays exploring key themes of Evangelii Gaudium. One is by Sandie Cornish. She examines how the social dimension of evangelisation is treated in Evangelii Gaudium. You can view the ebook online here. Mission & Justice in Evangelii Gaudium This prezi by Sandie Cornish explores how Evangelii Gaudium explains the links between mission and social justice. The presentation makes extensive use of illustrative quotes which gives the viewer the flavour of a long document in a short presentation. View the presentation here if your browser is not compatible with the viewer below.
The Australian Catholic Social Justice Council (ACSJC) and Catholic Social Services Australia (CSSA) issued a joint statement criticizing the Australian Government’s 2014 Budget announcements. Bishop Christopher Saunders, Chair of the ACSJC said:“It actually punishes individuals and families who look to Government for financial support and drives division and alienation in our Australian community.” Jacky Brady, speaking for CSSA noted that: “This budget presents savings to the Federal Budget that have a domino effect on the household income – from cuts to the family tax benefit thresholds, the introduction of Medicare co-payments and changes to indexation rates for some payments and allowances. Many people are already surviving with limited means and have limited flexibility to absorb additional costs so it is inevitable that low to middle income households will suffer the most.” Read the full statement here. How do you think this budget measures up to the responsibility of government to organize and promote the common good? How might citizens build solidarity and social inclusion in the face of such decisions?