Catholic Social Teaching in Asia Pacific Catholic Social Teaching principles may take root in and be expressed through every culture. Each particular experience can enhance humanity’s understanding both of reality, and of God’s call through it. By examining the local and particular, universal Catholic Social Teaching principles may be recognized and understood more deeply. Local Bishops share with the Popes in the task of teaching on issues of social justice. The international and local teachings inform one another. This website holds up the experiences of the people of the Asia Pacific region by making Asia Pacific Catholic Social Teaching more widely known. Find Asia Pacific Catholic Social Teachings
The Catholic Bishops of Aotearoa-New Zealand encourage people to think carefully about how they will vote in the 2014 national election. They see it as an opportunity to take faith into the public arena and to defend the poor and vulnerable. Read their statement here. What are some of the ways in which you speak up for the poor and vulnerable throughout the whole political cycle?
Bishop Gerard Hanna has criticised the Australian government’s efforts to resettle in Cambodia those asylum seekers found to be refugees after having been intercepted at sea by Australia and sent to have their claims assessed in Nauru. “If the Australian Government is serious about expanding resettlement opportunities in the Asia-Pacific region, negotiations should commence with nations who have the resources to support refugees, such as Singapore, Japan, Korea and New Zealand,” he said. Bishop Hanna is the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference Delegate for Migrants and Refugees.
Trafficking in persons is an affront to the dignity of all people. Here are some simple things that we can do about it: – buy fair trade products. Organisations like Fair Trade Australia New Zealand can help you locate sellers of fair trade products near you. – support action against trafficking taken by religious institutes for example the Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans – donate to services that assist victims of trafficking in your own country and beyond – support programs that reduce poverty and build livelihoods for vulnerable groups to reduce their risk of becoming victims of trafficking – encourage your faith community to celebrate the Feast of St Josephine Bakhita – find out about the Global Freedom Network
‘For some New Zealanders, Christmas is becoming a time of over-consumption, while for others it is a time of great stress and anxiety to meet their basic necessities. It would be good if all of us could think about how we can live a bit more simply this Christmas and, wherever possible, reach out to someone who might be struggling even just a bit more than we are ourselves.’ Read the full message from Archbishop John, President of the New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference here.