Tag: Australian Catholic Bishops’ Conference

Refugee Week and World Refugee Day, 18-24 June 2017

Refugee Week Refugee Week is a national annual celebration of the contributions that refugees have made to Australian society, and a chance to raise awareness about the issues affecting refugees. Refugee Week is organised by the Refugee Council of Australia, and in 2017 is taking place from the 18th to the 24th June.   The designated theme for Refugee… Continue Reading Refugee Week and World Refugee Day, 18-24 June 2017

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, 15 June 2017 | United Nations

June 15 is recognised by the United Nations as World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD). As the number of older people around the world is growing, the level of elder abuse is also expected to rise in coming years. This day is observed annually to raise awareness and help put and end to elder abuse in all… Continue Reading World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, 15 June 2017 | United Nations

International Day of Sport for Development and Peace, 6th April | United Nations

  The 6th April is observed by the United Nations every year as the International Day of Sport for Development of Peace, to acknowledge and promote sport as a way to advance human rights, development and peace.   On the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace 2017, the UN are launching the digital… Continue Reading International Day of Sport for Development and Peace, 6th April | United Nations

Day of Prayer and Fasting for Refugees and Asylum Seekers, Sunday 5th March

This coming Sunday 5th March, the first Sunday in Lent, is being recognized by the National Council of Churches in Australia (NCCA) as a Day of Prayer and Fasting  for Refugees and Asylum Seekers. As the NCCA says, “The situation of many thousands of refugees and asylum seekers throughout the world calls Christians to respond.… Continue Reading Day of Prayer and Fasting for Refugees and Asylum Seekers, Sunday 5th March

Statements from the Archbishop of Perth and ACBC President on the Final Hearings for the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

The final hearings for the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse began on Monday 6th January 2017. Both the Catholic Archbishop of Perth, Timothy Costelloe SDB, and the President of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference (ACBC), Archbishop Denis Hart, have released statements prior to the commencement of these final hearings. You can… Continue Reading Statements from the Archbishop of Perth and ACBC President on the Final Hearings for the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

Message from Pope Francis for the World Day of Migrants and Refugees, 15 January 2017

The 15th January 2017 is the World Day of Migrants and Refugees. In his message for 2017, Pope Francis draws attention to the plight of “Child Migrants, the Vulnerable and the Voiceless.” You can read his full message here, or read an except below.   This is also an opportunity and reminder to read and reflect on the… Continue Reading Message from Pope Francis for the World Day of Migrants and Refugees, 15 January 2017

International Human Solidarity Day, 20th December 2016

The 20th December 2016 is International Human Solidarity Day, which is observed every year by the United Nations to promote and celebrate the concept of solidarity, which is central to the aims of the United Nations as an organisation, and to the Sustainable Development Goals.   The United Nations says that International Human Solidarity Day… Continue Reading International Human Solidarity Day, 20th December 2016

International Migrants Day, 18 December 2016 | United Nations

  The 18th December 2016 is International Migrants Day, a day observed annually by the United Nations and countries throughout the world to acknowledge and celebrate the rights of migrants and to draw attention to the current issues and opportunities surrounding global migration.   The United Nations recently (September 2016) adopted a set of committments known as the New York… Continue Reading International Migrants Day, 18 December 2016 | United Nations

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