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 Pope Francis said that “every person ought to have the awareness that purchasing is always a moral – and not simply an economic – act.”
Are you buying and eating, or giving away Easter chocolate this year?  It is estimated that up to 30 million people are trapped in slavery globally.  The United Nations estimates that one in every three victims of human trafficking is a child.

Much of the chocolate we consume in Australia is made with cocoa beans picked by children, many of whom have been enslaved.
ACTION: Go the ACRATH website to find out more. Spread the word about slavery-free Easter chocolate. 

Yesterday the Victorian Government announced a $2.1 billion social housing package, which includes a $1 billion loan guarantee program, a $100 million revolving loan facility for low-interest loans and $3 million to faciliate the management transfer of 4,000 public housing properties to the community housing sector. Applauding this announcement, the Council to Homeless Persons has released a comprehensive breakdown of the funding, with all of the details provided here.

Good Samaritan Inn would like to invite all their generous supporters and volunteers to attend the Ultimate Women’s Weekend event in Melbourne on March 4th and 5th.

The organisers of this event are donating 100% of profits to the Good Samaritan Inn. Come and say ‘hello’ at their service stand over the weekend of 4th and 4th March.


Wellsprings for Women provides a welcoming and supportive environment with programs to help empower isolated and vulnerable women adapt and thrive in their communities. We are a small organization with a big influence and we are raring to grow.


Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand invites you to a new networking opportunity to celebrate International Women's Day at its inaugural Good Conversations forum on Wednesday, 1 March 2017. The topic is 'Child support policy and its impacts on women's economic security' with faciliator Dr Kay Cook, Australian Research Council Future Fellow, School of Global, Urban and Social Studies, RMIT University.
Pope Francis has designated the Feast of St Josephine Bakhita, which falls on 8 February, as the World Day of Prayer, Reflection and Action Against Human Trafficking. Theme of this year’s Feast Day celebrations, which are likely to be celebrated at Masses on the weekend of February 11 and 12, is: They are children! Not slaves!

Marcelle Mogg, Group Director Mission Integration, St John of God Health Care, will deliver the 2017 Ozanam Lecture "The Living Presence of the Love of God" at 2.00pm on Sunday 26 February in Fitzroy.

Respondent Doug Knez, Gippsland Central Council President. St Vincent de Paul Society Victoria. 

Pope Francis has declared 8 February 2017 to be the world day of prayer, reflection and action against human trafficking. He chose this day because it is the feast day of St Josephine Bakhita, patron saint of Sudan and victims of slavery. Josephine Bakhita was kidnapped as a child from Africa and sold into slavery in the Sudan and in Italy before being freed and becoming a Canossian Sister. The United Nations estimates that today one in every three victims of trafficking is a child.

ACRATH Newsletter December 2016 includes information about recent and upcoming events including:

Human Trafficking and Slavery: A response from Australian Catholics
The Australian Catholic Social Justice Council and ACRATH are delighted to announce the publication of a new paper on human trafficking and slavery.

If you are Catholic and single and want to meet mix with others like you in a relaxed and social environment, you are invited to Solo Catholic events.  


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