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Pope Francis at Saint Patricks Cathedral NYC, Jeffrey Bruno. flickr cc.

Time for inspired leadership.

Peter Whiting

Malcolm Turnbull has replaced Tony Abbott as prime minister, promising a consultative leadership style. Undoubtedly, ‘leadership style’ matters, but what would inspired political leadership look like in these turbulent times?




for those who've come across the seasChurch calls for humane treatment of asylum seekers

Michael Walter

Australia’s Catholic bishops, in their 2015 Social Justice Statement, call for an increase in our intake of refugees, for immediate closure of offshore detention centres on Manus Island and Nauru, and for all of us to build communities which welcome and support asylum seekers.

asylum seeker parish supportForum for parishes & agencies

How we can support asylum seekers through action and advocacy.

Wednesday 14 October 9am-3:30pm
St Ambrose’s Community Centre 287 Sydney Road Brunswick

Program includes a Parish Expo and workshops. Organised by Adrian Foley at Catholic Social Services Victoria

Guest speakers include
Phil Glendenning Chair of the Refugee Council of Australia and Director of the Edmund Rice Centre
Sr Brigid Arthur Coordinator of the Brigidine Asylum Seeker Project.

Enquiries Lucia Brick (03) 9287 5566  |  |

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2015-09-27_14-35-08_ILCE-6000_DSC02257, Miguel Discart, flickr cc.

Resettling Syrian & Iraqi refugees:
a program for government-community action

Arja Keski-Nummi & Libby Lloyd

Australians have welcomed the announcement from our government that Australia will accept 12,000 Syrian and Iraqi refugees, with a focus on resettling women, children, and families who have sought refuge and are in camps in Jordan, Lebanon, and Turkey. This means that, this coming year, Australia will resettle 25,750 refugees, including these 12,000 additional refugees from Iraq and Syria. Now the hard work begins.

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Speaker John Boehner welcomes Pope Francis of the Holy See to the United States Capitol, Speaker John Boehner, flickr cc.

Pope Francis in the USA:
reshaping the global agenda

Bruce Duncan

Pope Francis has not resiled from his strong critiques in his recent encyclical, Laudato Si’, of unregulated and unjust economic systems, despite criticism of some of his economics. His central themes include concern about the environment and climate change, and ending social and economic exclusion of the weak and marginalised. He particularly mentioned the need for firm agreements at the Paris Conference on Climate Change in December.

epa04724137 A handout image made available by L'Osservatore Romano on 28 April 2015 showing Pope Francis (L) meeting United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (R) in the Vatican, Vatican City, 28 April 2015. Ban Ki-moon discussed Europe's migration crisis with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi a day earlier, on 27 April in Rome. EPA/L'OSSERVATORE ROMANO / HANDOUT HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES
Pope Francis meeting United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in the Vatican 28 April 2015, l’Osservatore Romano, flickr cc.

Pope works to reconcile Catholic teaching, population pressures,
& sustainable development

Bruce Duncan

The Pope is aware of the problems arising from rapid population growth, especially in light of environment issues. He has written his encyclical, Laudato Si, with two major events in mind. The first is the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), to be endorsed by 193 countries at the UN General Assembly. The second event is the second session of the Synod of Bishops discussing family matters in Rome 4-25 October.

santamaria by gerard hendersonCrusader or conspirator? Henderson’s biography of Santamaria

Reviewed by Bruce Duncan

This biography of the energetic, influential, and deeply divisive Catholic activist B A Santamaria has been eagerly awaited. Gerard Henderson joined Santamaria’s National Civil Council in the mid-1970s, and worked for Santamaria himself in 1970-71, before eventually breaking with the organisation int he mid-1970s. He offers a valuable insider’s view of a complex man.

anti-poverty week 2012“Justice is inevitable, like birth”

Part of Anti-Poverty Week.

Thursday 15 October 10am cuppa for 10:30-noon
Gerald Ward House 43 Prospect Street Box Hill

Dr John Falzon CEO St Vincent de Paul National Council

MC Michael Walter Youth & Education Development Team

RSVP 8 October at  |  (03) 9895 5935

pax christi logo small 150Peace in Australia: the untold story

From military security to human  security: beyond the Cold War & the War on Terror

Monday 26 October 7-9:30pm
Unitarian Peace Memorial Church 110 Grey Street East Melbourne 

Launch of the Peace Museum

The road taken: from Vietnam to Afghanistan & Iraq 
Emeritus Professor Joseph Camilleri OAM (La Trobe University)
Followed by questions and comments

The Road We Must Travel
Professor Camilleri in conversation with Professor Jacqui True (Monash University), Professor Robyn Eckersley (University of Melbourne), and Associate Professor Marianne Hanson (University of Queensland).

Presented by Pax Christi Victoria for the Anzac Centenary Peace Coalition

For further information:

pope usa 3Pope Francis at the UN & the
Sustainable Development Goals


Pope Francis at the UN and the Sustainable Development Goals, refugee issues, The Week in Review 26 September 2015

The full text of the address by Pope Francis

Pope’s address to US Congress 24 September 2015


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