Stand up for the millions of people around the world who are being persecuted today for their peacefully held religious beliefs.
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A social justice question to Year 10-12 students:
Is there a social justice issue in your community that needs your school's attention?
By entering the Rerum Novarum Awards you could win your school $10,000 to fund a project that addresses a social justice issue in your community. READ MORE



Social Justice Statement 2019-20 - Making it Real


Social Justice Sunday will be celebrated on 29 September. The Australian Bishops’ Social Justice Statement for 2019-20 is called ‘Making it Real: Genuine human encounter in our digital world’. It affirms the positive possibilities for encounter and solidarity offered by new digital media, while warning of those elements that may be harmful. With the friendship of the Good Samaritan as our inspiration, we are called to “make real” the love of God in the virtual neighbourhood.

Click on the above image to download the statement and associated resources which includes:

  • The Statement, 10 steps booklet of practical actions and prayer card
  • A video
  • Community Education resource for parish social justice groups and schools
  • Liturgy notes approved by the Bishops’ Commission for Liturgy
  • A summary which includes a bulletin notice

Palm Sunday Prayer and Walk for Refugees - 14 April 2019



Around the world, hundreds of millions of children and adults suffer oppression and violence for their peacefully-held religious beliefs. Join us on #RedWednesday as we stand in solidarity with those facing religious persecution. Get involved as schools, parishes and organisations will see their communities wear red and light up their buildings in red! World landmarks will be lit up in red. More information:
On Wednesday 28th November, please join us for an interfaith gathering in the forecourt of St. Patrick's Cathedral. The Cathedral will be floodlit in red for the first time as a visible sign of solidarity with those facing persecution. All are welcome!
Time:     7.30pm – 8.30pm 
Date:     Wednesday 28th November 2018
Venue:   Forecourt, St. Patrick’s Cathedral
7.30pm - Interfaith Prayers and Reflections
8.00pm - Light refreshments
8.30pm - Floodlighting the Cathedral 

 Rerum Novarum Oration 2018

Widening the Doors of Hope
Speech by Dr Stephen Parnis: HERE

Walk of Witness - Social Justice Statement Launch 2018-19



“[The Good Samaritan] went to him and bandaged his wounds… put him on his own animal, brought him to an inn and took care of him.” Lk 10:34

The Archdiocese of Melbourne launched the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference’s Social Justice Statement for 2018-19 “A Place to Call Home” on Tuesday 18 September 2018.

500 people, including school children, representatives from Catholic parishes, agencies and organisations working to help people with homelessness walked through the streets of Melbourne giving public witness and prayer in support of people who are homeless. Beginning at Federation Square, they stopped at St. Paul’s Anglican Cathedral, the Salvation Army Temple and the German Trinity Lutheran Church where their church leaders led them in prayer. They gathered at the steps of Parliament House where the Minister for Housing, Hon. Martin Foley MLA and the Shadow Minister of Housing, Ms Georgie Crozier MLC, received the Statement from students from Galilee Primary School. The statement was officially launched on the steps of St. Patrick’s Cathedral by Bishop Mark Edwards OMI and Netty Horton, CEO CatholicCare.

At this critical point in our society, there is a crisis of insecure housing and a tragedy of rising homelessness with nearly 116,000 homeless Australians on any given night. In the Statement, the Bishops affirm that housing is a basic human right, calls on all of us, government, Church and society, and individuals to recognise the dignity of every person who is marginalised and suggests practical measures to achieve real change.

On 30 September 2018, the Church celebrates Social Justice Sunday in which the Statement is officially issued. Read the statement, pray the Prayer for people who are homeless with others in your school, parish and community, and with the 10 Steps resource work together and with other organisations dealing with the issue to solve this crisis.

More photos: HERE (Credit to Ashoka Peiris)

Melbourne Catholic Article: HERE

White Rose Mass & Forum - 22 August 2018


“It's high time that Christians made up their minds to do something . . . What are we going to show in the way of resistance…? We will be standing empty-handed. We will have no answer when we are asked: What did you do about it?” – Hans Scholl

The Benenson Society and 11 schools gathered at Xavier College to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the executions of six members of the White Rose with a Mass and a human rights forum. The White Rose movement consisted of young German Christian (Catholic & Lutheran) university students and their lecturer and was a non-violent resistance group writing leaflets against the Nazi regime. The Benenson Society takes the White Rose as its emblem and as inspiration for its members.

Read a detailed account of the day here

More photos here

The Office for Justice and Peace supports and promotes the Benenson Society, an international human rights organisation that advocates for prisoners of conscience, against torture and for the abolition of the death penalty. Members can be found in 11 countries and there are a number of school chapters in the Archdiocese of Melbourne.

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