12 December 2018
The Australian Jesuits


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November 19 - World Day of the Poor

29 November 2017 | Cecily McNeill

Pope Francis Pope Francis has designated November 19 as World Day of the Poor. This focus echoes throughout Australia and the Pacific for there are few poorer in this region that those refugees and asylum seekers on Manus Island, where essential services were switched off at the end of last month.


Quote of the month

29 November 2017 |

In myriad ways poverty challenges us daily, in faces marked by suffering, marginalization, oppression, violence, torture and imprisonment, war, deprivation of freedom and dignity, ignorance and illiteracy, medical emergencies and shortage of work, trafficking and slavery, exile, extreme poverty and forced migration. 


June 2017 Edition of Faith Doing Justice

29 June 2017 | Cecily McNeill

While pondering the issues in our planet this month, two stories particularly caught my eye. One is that of a Syrian violinist, Alaa Arsheed, who looks at his shattered, wartorn world through an artist’s eye, using his talent to turn his apparently hopeless situation around. The other story is about those who buy shares in a company then challenge the company’s unjust practices at board level.


June 2017 Edition of Faith Doing Justice

29 June 2017 | Cecily McNeill

While pondering the issues in our planet this month, two stories particularly caught my eye. One is that of a Syrian violinist, Alaa Arsheed, who looks at his shattered, wartorn world through an artist’s eye, using his talent to turn his apparently hopeless situation around. The other story is about those who buy shares in a company then challenge the company’s unjust practices at board level.


May 2017 Edition of Fairh Doing Justice

30 May 2017 | Cecily McNeill

Pope Francis has again rocked the world with his ability to speak to the heart of every creature. Last month he became the first pope to give a TED talk. His talk which was beamed from the Vatican to a live audience in Vancouver, Canada, brought the people to their feet.


April 2017 Edition of Faith Doing Justice

29 April 2017 | Cecily McNeill

The dirtiest coal power station in the developed world shut down last month as Australia grapples with the need for electricity and an apparent perception (at least in government circles) that saving the planet is optional.

Hazelwood in Victoria has stopped its turbines, but the debate rages over a new mega-coal mine, the Adani Carmichael mine in Queensland, set to be the biggest in the world. Meanwhile, renewable energy guru Elon Musk has offered to sell the batteries that would open the door to enough renewables to run the country.


March Edition of Faith Doing Justice

30 March 2017 | Cecily McNeill

The Church’s Lenten season is always sobering as we take stock of how we are doing as followers of Christ in a world that seems bound for hell in the cheapest transport available – a handcart. In North America we have a deadly pantomime playing out before our eyes with health safeguards for the poor being dismantled and environmental protections being rolled back so that big business – in many cases, the accelerator of climate degradation – can continue its plundering course.


February 2017 Edition of Faith Doing Justice

27 February 2017 | Cecily McNeill

The first fortnight of Donald Trump’s four-year sojourn in the White House promises a major shakeup for our world with the lives and wellbeing of the most vulnerable of creatures – including the environment – in jeopardy.

Amid a plethora of restrictions to freedom, two stand out: the pulling back of action to slow climate change and the shutting out of travellers from seven countries where Muslims are in the majority.


Dec 2016 Edition

30 December 2016 | Cecily McNeill

Pope Francis’ words in Laudato Si’ have never been more timely with the election of Donald Trump to the American presidency. Now more than ever the principles of Catholic social teaching must inform our lives. The Catholic newspaper NCR is calling on Americans to write to their local representatives in the Congress quoting the papal encyclical and asking that they vote to maintain laws that President-elect Trump has vowed to overturn – actions which would relax controls on the production of the country's shale, oil, natural gas and clean coal energy reserves and undermine hard won international agreements on climate change.

Cecily McNeill
Editor


Nov 2016

29 November 2016 | Cecily McNeill

The world was lulled into false security by polls that put Hillary Clinton ahead of Donald Trump in the American election campaign so the shock waves when middle America gave Trump the White House reverberated far and wide. But some commentators had predicted this result. In July, documentary film maker Michael Moore gave five reasons why Trump would win. He warned people to exit the bubble and get in touch with the reality that Trump was likely to be the way voters would choose to show their discontent with the rot at the centre of Washington.

Cecily McNeill
Editor


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