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All members of Catholic Social Services Victoria are invited by Caritas Australia and their affiliates to gather with others engaged in the international Catholic response to HIV and AIDS in a pre-conference in Melbourne as a lead-in to the 20th International AIDS Conference from 20-25 July 2014.

The pre-conference entitled Stepping Up the Pace: Remember the Loaves and Fishes will be held from Friday 18 July (evening) to Sunday 20 July at Catholic Leadership Centre East Melbourne. For details of the program and registration (free) click here.

You probably know that the new Senators we elected in 2013 will take up their seats next week and they will be sworn in at the first sitting of the new Senate on the 7th of July. We have a unique opportunity to help shape their thinking on the day immediately before they are sworn in, to encourage them to think carefully about the kind of society they will be helping to create and protect. That's why we are encouraging people to attend a gathering and march, on the 6th of July, to show our representatives that we stand for fair, that we will march for a fair Australia.
As part of Refugee Week 2014, a Service of Lament for asylum seekers will be held on Thursday 19th June at Mountview Uniting Church, 559-561 Whitehorse Road, Mitcham. Please join in expressing the shared frustration and abject disappointment at the failure to find a humane response to the plight of asylum seekers who arrive on our shores seeking hope for a new life - free of persecution.  For more information, you can visit the event page on Facebook or contact Jull.ruzbacky@victas.uca.org.au tel: 9251 5266


Click here for a flyer for the 9 August 2014 Uniting Church Convention on refugees:  ‘We’ve boundless plains to share’. 

You can register online: http://www.trybooking.com/EWMK.

The recent Victorian budget focused on transport investment, but missed an opportunity to focus on the needs of those on the margins of our prospering society. 
The 13 May commonwealth budget seems to have been worse - most of the 'heavy lifting' will be done by those on the margin. 
We need a return to solidarity and dignity for all.  One opportunity to redress these imbalances will be in the run-up to the Victorian November 2014 general election. 
 The dignity of the human person must be the central focus of national and global economies.  This is a key message from Pope Francis recent statements, and from the Church in Australia, in a statement to mark the 1 May 2014 Feast of St Joseph.
The Council’s role is to coordinate the Catholic Church's response to the Royal Commission into the way institutions across Australia have responded to complaints of child sexual abuse, with full disclosure and a commitment to justice for victims and survivors. 

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