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10 December is International Human Rights Day. It commemorates the day on which, in 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.  

Click here for a statement from Bishop Vincent Long, Chair of the Australian Catholic Social Justice Council.
Fr Andy Hamilton sj reflects on this day in the following terms:  "For any government, human rights can often be a nuisance. When people protest against breaches of human rights, they bring the actions of the government to scrutiny, try to prevent it from doing what it wants to do, make it rethink its plans and give it a bad reputation abroad."

Dr Maria Harries, Chair of Catholic Social Services Australia, participated in the recent Synod on the Family in Rome.  Her brief presentation to the synod was in the context that ‘We acknowledge the sacredness of the family and we travel with its sadness and messiness’ 

Maria is also on the Truth Justice & Healing Council, and in that role will participate in the session on sexual abuse at our February 2016 conference, Review Reimagine Renew: Mission making a difference in a changing world, #MissionRenew

50 years ago, towards the end of the Second Vatican Council, Gaudium et Spes gave voice to a positive engagement of the Church with the world.  A gathering at Catholic Social Services Victoria on 7 December 2015 was an occasion to celebrate and explore the teachings of Gaudium et Spes, to better inform our Gospel-inspired work of service and work for justice.

The 2015 Melbourne Cup will be long remembered by many who have only a fleeting interest in horse racing.  Prince of Penzance did most of the work on the day, but jockey Michelle Payne and strapper Steven Payne stole the limelight.  

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