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National Reconciliation Week

National Reconciliation Week celebrates the relationship between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and all other Australians.  Every year, the week is held between the same dates, 27 May to 3 June.  The dates draw attention to significant historical events in Australia.  On 27 May 1967, the referendum allowed the Australian Government to change the Constitution so that it could make specific laws that applied to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples that could assist in addressing inequalities.  They were now recognised in the national census.  The High Court's landmark Mabo decision, made on 3 June 1992, overturned the concept of 'terra nullius' (meaning that no one owned the lands before European Settlement).  It legally recognised that Indigenous people had a special relationship to the land-that existed prior to colonisation and still exists today.  This recognition paved the way for Indigenous land rights called Native Title. 

Hear the Cries of Migrants: February 2020 Prayer Intention of Pope Francis

We are all invited to join with Pope Francis and his worldwide prayer network in praying this month's intention: Hearing the cries of migrants.


We pray that the cries of our migrant brothers and sisters, victims of criminal human smuggling and human trafficking, may be heard and considered.



Text of the video:

Migrants are often victims of criminal human smuggling and human trafficking.
Among other causes, this happens because of corruption on the part of people willing to do anything for financial gain.
The money from their dirty, underhanded business is blood money. I’m not exaggerating: it’s blood money.
We pray that the cries of our migrant brothers and sisters, victims of criminal human smuggling and human trafficking, may be heard and considered.

—Pope Francis, February 2020



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The Pan Amazonian Synod - An outcome of Laudato Si'

The Synod of Bishops for the Pan-Amazon region (commonly referred to as the Amazon synod) met in Rome from 6 to 27 October 2019.

                                                                     
     SYNOD DOCUMENTS:

Promotion of World Peace: Prayer Intention of Pope Francis

We are all invited to join with Pope Francis and his worldwide prayer network in praying this month's intention: Promotion of World Peace.

We pray that Christians, followers of other religions, and all people of goodwill may promote together peace and justice in the world.



Text of the video:

In a divided and fragmented world, I want to invite all believers, and also all people of good will, to reconciliation and fraternity.
Our faith leads us to spread the values of peace and mutual understanding, of the common good.
We pray that Christians, followers of other religions, and all people of goodwill may promote together peace and justice in the world.
Thank you.

Pope Francis, January 2020


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Prayer Intention: Australia's Devastating Bushfires

We pray

for the safety of the firefighters, remembering particularly the families and loved ones of those who have lost their lives or been injured in their efforts to protect the citizens and properties in their local communities;

for strength for those who have lost their homes and belongings and those who have lost their crops, animals and landholdings; 

for the communities under severe threat from devastating bushfires burning across the country; 

We continue our prayers for the end of drought gripping Australia. We pray that the rains will come to quell the fires, soak the parched Earth, fill the dams and restore hope in the farming communities.

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