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Also of interest….
Our Watch, the Victorian Health Promotion Foundation and Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety recently launched Change the story: A shared framework for the primary prevention of violence against women and their children in Australia
The Framework draws upon the latest international evidence and consultations with over 400 stakeholders across Australia to explore what drives violence against women and what works to prevent it. It demonstrates that, while violence against women has no single cause, it is strongly associated with gender inequality in both public life and personal relationships.  
Jesuit Social Services is delighted to again invite interested people to a Critical Reflection Series in 2016 that will offer an opportunity for practitioners and supervisors in the health & community services sectors to come together monthly in order to reflect critically upon their professional practice. Critical Reflection will assist participants to examine in depth hidden theory, assumptions or beliefs in order to affirm practice or facilitate change. 
Invitation from Peter Kearney (best known as the writer of many songs and hymns used in Australian Catholic parishes and schools. Fill My House, The Beatitudes and Where Is Your Song my Lord? are among his compositions)to attend audio-visual presentation ‘Along the Camino’ about a pilgrimage walk through northern-Spain to Santiago, the burial place of St. James the Apostle. 

This gathering is in response to the devastating revelations of the Royal Commission and will be an opportunity to stand in solidarity with victims of abuse. In a Liturgy of the Word there will be prayer and sorrow and also prayer together for a new beginning in our Church. 

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You are invited to be part of a dialogue on how to incorporate Pope
Francis’ vision and challenge into participants to explore this vision, offering inspiration and practical ideas for caring for our Common Home – in our lives, at work and in our communities. 
our everyday life. 

T H E M E : Freedom and Slavery – Outer and Interior

The program will include a presentation by ACRATH (Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans), and reflections on Freedom and Slavery from a spiritual point of view. This theme was taken up from the Vatican Greeting to Buddhists around the world for the Feast of Vesak, in which joint cooperation between Catholics and Buddhists around the world (especially in Asia) was sought for eliminating modern slavery in all its forms.

For Catholics, the Luncheon will also be an opportunity to visit a local Temple and experience the ritual of “Dana”, in which the local Buddhist community present offerings of food to the monks living at the Temple.

Timor-Leste's Gift to Humanity: An important seminar to promote discussion and use of Timor-Leste's monumental Chega! truth and reconciliation commission (CAVR) report, now available in an English-language version.
In this historic anthology, award-winning writers Rosie Scott and Dr Anita Heiss have gathered together the work of twenty of Australian’s finest writers both Indigenous and non-Indigenous together with powerful statements from Northern Territory Elders to bring a new dimension and urgency to an issue that has remained largely outside the public radar.  

Pope Francis’ vision of faith challenges us to renew our commitment to the public good, be inclusive and just and to welcome the poor and the vulnerable. It is a vision which embraces people of all faiths, cultures and all people of good will and calls us to deeply care for each other and for our common home, the earth.  Speakers include: Linda Dessau, Pat Dodson, Michael Kirby, Rachael Kohn, Moira Rayner, Vincent Long, Philip Huggins; Frank Brennan, Andrew Hamilton, Francis Macnab, Ehud Bandel, Mohamed Mohidee and more! FR Joe Caddy chairs a workshop in which Julie Edwards, Tony Nicholson and Denis Fitzgerald focus on the evolving nature of community services.
Melbourne Archdiocese information: http://www.cam.org.au/PopeFrancisMelb

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