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Pope Francis’ most recent document Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love) is the Church’s formal response to the insights from the 2015 Synod of Bishops on the Family. In this document Pope Francis affirms Church teaching on family life and marriage, but strongly emphasises the role of personal conscience and pastoral discernment. He introduces the document himself in Paragraph 5 which says: “This Exhortation is especially timely in this Jubilee Year of Mercy. First, because it represents an invitation to Christian families to value the gifts of marriage and the family, and to persevere in a love strengthened by the virtues of generosity, commitment, fidelity and patience. Second, because it seeks to encourage everyone to be a sign of mercy and closeness wherever family life remains imperfect or lacks peace and joy.” 
The attached paper, by Michael Yore, explores whether Catholic social welfare services bring an enriched quality of services and advocacy to their work. It includes discussion questions, making it useful in for orientation program in a Catholic agency.

The Victorian family violence Royal Commission reported on 30 march 2016, with a call for a continued, strong commitment of the Victorian community and political leaders to build a Victoria free of family violence

Ours are the eyes, the hand and feet of the Easter Jesus 
Easter is central to the Christian message:  our salvation in Jesus arises from his suffering and death.
 

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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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