Social Justice Trends_December 2020

Office for Social Justice (OSJ)

Dear Friend

Our Christmas Message for 2020 reflects on Bishop Long’s Pastoral Message for the Feast of St Joseph the Worker, and Pope Francis’ Message for the World Day of Peace.

Let the Earth Rejoice!

The state of the world stands as judgement against our ways of producing, consuming, and discarding things, against our priorities, our treatment of each other and of creation, against our very understanding of what it is to be human before God and in creation. Even our responses to COVID-19 have revealed deep problems in our society.

In his message for the World Day of Peace, to be celebrated on 1 January 2021, Pope Francis said that the events of this past year “have taught us how important it is to care for one another and for creation in our efforts to build a more fraternal society”. That is why he chose A Culture of Care as a Path to Peace as the theme for the message. He explains that a culture of care is “a way to combat the culture of indifference, waste and confrontation so prevalent in our time.”

It is a challenge not just to build back better, but to build back greener, kinder, and more inclusive.

As we celebrate the birth of the Christ child, let us follow the incarnational path of care and closeness to which God invites us.

Read the full reflection…

The Office for Social Justice will reopen on 11 January.

Best wishes for a happy and holy Christmas!

Dr Sandie Cornish
Social Justice Officer



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


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