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 By this stage the AIDS 2014 International Conference is well underway here in Melbourne.
As a lead-in to this world conference Caritas Internationalis and CHAN (Catholic HIV & AIDS Network), collaborating with Caritas Australia and St Vincent’s Health Australia convened a pre-conference for participants in the international conference and other local participants interested in the Catholic Church response to HIV and AIDS

“Restoring Hope”

This year is the final year of the “Restoring Hope” theme which reminds us that while a refugee’s journey begins with danger, it also begins with hope. Refugees flee their homelands not only because they fear persecution, but also because they have hope: they hope to find freedom from persecution, and safety and security for themselves and their families; they hope to be given a chance to start a new life and recover from past trauma. The theme also calls attention to the role of countries which, through offering protection to refugees and providing them an opportunity to rebuild their lives, restore hope for a future free from fear, persecution, violence and insecurity. Finally, the theme aims to highlight the situation of refugees whose hopes have not been fulfilled – those who remain in seriously protracted situations, facing ongoing discrimination, violence and uncertainty, with little hope for a resolution in the near future. The theme calls on us to consider how we can provide solutions for these refugees and restore their hopes for a brighter future.

 Around 30 members of Catholic Social Services Victoria gathered in East Melbourne last Monday evening for the first of three workshops in our Pathways to Partnership series planned during this latter half of 2014.

 
Catholic Social Services Victoria acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Elders in each of the Communities where we work.
 
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