Social Justice Trends_January 2020


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Fiery Signs of the Times
Twenty-four people have been confirmed dead and at least 1,500 homes have been destroyed in the bushfire crisis. Countless thousands of creatures have perished, including precious livestock, and their habitats lay decimated. What is God’s call to us through these events?

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Welcome to Social Justice Trends
Thank you for your commitment to social justice and thank you for your continued support of this office of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference. Welcome to this first edition of Social Justice Trends, which combines the traditions of the ACSJC Monthly Briefing and Justice Trends in a new digital form.

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Social Justice Diary & Online Calendar

Copies of our Social Justice Diary are still available. It includes the dates of significant events, anniversaries and special days together with reflection material and ideas for action. It can be ordered here.

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World Day of Peace Message
Pope Francis’ Message for the 53rd World Day of Peace is titled Peace as a Journey of Hope: Dialogue, Reconciliation, and Ecological Conversion. Our downloadable two-page Discussion Guide introduces the key themes and provides discussion starters.

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Making Real Connections
In an example of how digital technology can facilitate real human encounters, Greg Cronan is using video conferences to connect the old and the young. Perhaps you can help Greg to facilitate an intergenerational learning project in your area based on his research?

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Sr Mary Britt OP: A Passion for Social Justice
Dr Michael Costigan, former Executive Secretary to the Bishops’ Committee for Justice, Development and Peace, farewells Sr Mary Britt OP. Mary assisted in the drafting of the pastoral statement Common Wealth for the Common Good.

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26 January – Australia Day or Survival Day?
How will you be spending 26 January? We invite you to spend some time reflecting on the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Catholic Council’s 2019 statement on 26 January.

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28 January – Data Privacy Day
Data Privacy Day marks the anniversary of the signing in 1981 of the Council of Europe’s Convention for the Protection of Individuals with Regard to Automatic Processing of Personal Data. Check our online calendar for more information and ways of celebrating.

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Bishop Vincent Long Van Nguyen OFMConv (Chair), Bishop Paul Bird CSsR, Bishop Terence Brady, Bishop Max Davies, Bishop Bosco Puthur, Bishop Christopher Saunders, Bishop Donald Sproxton, Bishop William Wright.

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Sandie Cornish
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