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Over the next five years the Victorian Government is offering $109 million to further help up to 19,000 people at risk of or experiencing homelessness including young people, rough sleepers, vulnerable women and children, veterans and people experiencing chronic homelessness. The Government is ambitiously presenting this package as a coordinated holistic response to the various dimensions of the homelessness issue facing our state.

Rev Dr Matthew Abraham CSsR, Director General of the Catholic Health Association of India, together with Paul O'Callaghan, Chief Executive Officer of Caritas Australia and Rob Floyd, National Director of UnitingWorld will be presenting a free seminar in Melbourne on Tuesday 29 November on the theme: ‘Faith-Based Collaborations in Public Health and Development: Working together in disaster preparedness and response’. 
The Australian Syrian Charity is hosting a night of Eastern Carols by Candlelight praying for Australia and the Middle East, particularly refugees, on Saturday 17 December at St Charbel Village, 45 Providence Road, Greenvale. This is an evening for the whole family and will provide a wonderful opportunity for the community to join together in prayer for the many people who are suffering, particularly in war-torn areas.
Swinburne University of Technology’s 2016 Chancellor’s Lecture is on Wednesday 23 November, to be delivered by Professor Harvey Max Chochinov speaking on the topic, ‘Medical Assistance in Dying: MAID in Canada’. Professor Chochinov is a Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Manitoba and Director of the Manitoba Palliative Care Research Unit, CancerCare Manitoba.
In a statement released 7 November 2016, Bishop Vincent Long OFMConv has urged Australians to reject the "cruel and unnecessary measures" of the Australian government, in its recent proposal to ban any person who has arrived by boat from 19 July 2013 from being able to apply for a visa to Australia.
Anglicare’s 2016 State of the Family Report titled Positions Vacant? When the Jobs Aren’t There focuses on employment and is informed by Anglicare Australia's first Jobs Availability Snapshot. The findings from the Snapshot show that only 13 percent of all advertised jobs in May 2016 were at the entry level (which assumes year 10 education or equivalent).
Pope Francis marked Sunday 6 November as a Jubilee for Prisoners. He celebrated Mass for the Jubilee in Saint Peter's Basilica, during which he reminded the 1000+ attending prison detainees to never lose hope, or fall into the temptation that they can never be forgiven. 
The Catholic Church in Australia also celebrated the Jubilee for Prisoners across the weekend as part of the Year of Mercy. On behalf of the Australian Catholic Prisoners Pastoral Care Council, Bishop Terry Brady prepared a special video message for prisoners. And there's also an informative article by David Halliday on the Jubilee for Prisoners and the important work of prison chaplains in the current (November) issue of Melbourne Catholic magazine, available in parishes.
Caitlin Burman is a teacher at MacKillop Specialist Primary School in Geelong. She and a team of dedicated teachers are working there with children who have suffered trauma and who have disengaged, or at risk of disengaging from mainstream education. Their dedication and passion for breaking the cycles of poverty, violence and despair through education, is inspirational! 
2017 is the centennial of the death of St Frances Xavier Cabrini, patron saint of migrants. Dean of Faith and Mission at St Kevin’s College in Melbourne and author of Finding God’s Traces, Michael McGirr, has written an engaging piece in Australian Catholics magazine. It's timely for us in Australia to be inspired by Mother Cabrini's advocacy for migrants and displaced persons.
We extend warm wishes to the many Indian families in our community who are celebrating the festival of Diwali at this time. The Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue has released a message of greeting to all Hindus celebrating this festival, marked officially on 30 October, which you can read here.

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