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In a media statement released 20 October 2016, the St Vincent de Paul Society has urged the Federal Government to respond to the growing weight of reports and evidence cataloguing the suffering of asylum seekers and refugees at Nauru and on Manus Island.
On Sunday, 27 November 2016, the Catholic Church in Australia will commemorate the 30th Anniversary of the visit of Saint John Paul II to Australia in 1986. The Bishops Commission for Relations with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples (BCRATSIP) is calling on parishes, schools and communities to mark the anniversary of Saint John Paul's address to the Aboriginal community in Blatherskite Park, Alice Springs on 29 November 1986. 
President of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, Archbishop Denis Hart, has released a statement deploring the detention of our brothers and sisters on Nauru and Manus Island, stating it is time to bring offshore detainees here to Australia.
The Building Stronger Parishes research project conducted by the Australian Catholic Bishop's Conference Pastoral Research Office explores how Catholic parishes, in various contexts, use their strengths and available resources to respond to a variety of challenges. This page provides links to further information, resources, reports and books related to the research project.

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 "The parish is the presence of the Church in a given territory, an environment for hearing God’s word,
for growth in the Christian life, for dialogue, proclamation, charitable outreach, worship and celebration
The parish is .. a sanctuary where the thirsty come to drink in the midst of their journey,
and a centre of constant missionary outreach."
(Pope Francis, The Joy of the Gospel, 28)

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