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As we reflect on the Easter story, let us pray that Easter blessings will flow to all people seeking asylum. In his presentation at our March Forum, Phil Glendenning AM captivated the audience with statements such as "Leadership requires voices to be heard and that’s where people in parish groups come into play. (Parishes) need to say we’ve got to stop treating these people cruelly."

"We have to advocate for the change we want to see, that will provide hope for people." Together, let's do this in the year ahead.
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Joce Bignold, CEO of McAuley Community Services for Women, Cath Garner, Executive Director, Mission and Strategy at Cabrini Health, Sheree Limbrick, Deputy CEO at CatholicCare, were welcomed to their first meeting of the Council at Catholic Social Services Victoria on Friday 7 April. All three joined the Council at the recent Annual General Meeting. Chair of Council, Bernie Cronin (pictured), was also re-elected for a further two year term.
 
There are 13 members of the Council – six are elected by member organisations, six appointed by the Dioceses of Victoria and Catholic Religious Victoria, and an independent Chair.
 
Issues around youth justice have loomed large in the media in recent months, as Government and the community have grappled with how to support and rehabilitate young people while building a society that is safe for all. Improving youth justice centres are one part of this project; building community understanding and Government commitment to the deeper issues is also central. A recent submission from Jesuit Social Services on how to improve youth justice centres in Victoria gives a good overview of key issues.

“Every person ought to have the awareness that purchasing is always a moral – and not simply an economic – act.” Pope Francis 2015.
Please buy only slavery free chocolate this Easter. That’s the message from ACRATH (Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans) and a *coalition of social justice groups, in the days leading up to Easter Sunday on 16 April.
Australians will spend about $2 billion on chocolate this Easter and much of it will have been produced using child labour from West Africa. These children pick cocoa beans – a key ingredient used to make chocolate. Many of these children are forced to do this work.

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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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