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Victorian Bishops ask Victorians to continue to love and care for those who are sick and suffering rather than abandoning them to euthanasia or supporting them to suicide. Click here for the pastoral letter from the Victorian Bishops.

For Christians, Lent is a time of repentance, and of preparation for our special annual commemoration of the heart of the Christian message: that our God, in Christ, became human as we are, that he conquered sin and death, and asks us to love him as he loved us. Repentance requires a change in a person – it requires that they develop a new understanding of their actions and themselves. This change in us should make a difference to the people we encounter, and to the society that we are part of.

 The Centre for Research in Religion and Social Policy in Melbourne is seeking a Director. 
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.

Newman College Pope Francis Seminars, Short Courses & Helder Camara Lectures. For enquiries and to RSVP, contact: Br Mark O’Connor FMS (Pope Francis Fellow) 0429 694 707 • mark.oconnor@marists.org.au

All events are free but bookings are essential. Download Full Program here and click here for details on The Field Hospital - A Lenten Short Course Thursdays in Lent.

Who Do You Say I Am: Identity, Multiculturalism and Christianity
Upcoming Forum featuring Dr Matthew Tan Catholic blogger (Divine Wedgie), theologian specialising in migrant identity & international relations - Adjunct Senior Lecturer of Theology University of Notre Dame Australia. Booking
Australian Catholic University's Theology and Philosophy faculty is hosting a short course in Fitzroy on the Passion of Jesus. The course will be run over four consecutive Wednesday evenings, commencing on 8 March, and will look at how each of the Gospels understand the Passion of Jesus; the question of why Jesus was tried and convicted; What is the meaning of Jesus' suffering? and Why did Jesus Die?
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!
Archbishop of Melbourne Denis Hart has released a letter today, 2 February, offering his apologies once again on behalf of the Catholic Church for the hurt and pain caused by the sexual abuse of children.
 
The letter comes in the lead up to the final hearing involving the Catholic Church at the Royal Commission into Child Sexual Abuse, which commences in Sydney on 6 February 2017, and which is expected to conclude at the end of February.
 
Click here for a reflection from Helen Cooney, who asks who are the vulnerable people in our changing environment. This is based on remarks from Helen, a member of Council at Catholic Social Services Victoria, to a December 2016 planning day.

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