Happy New Year!
February sees the busy-ness of the year begin as most of us get back into the swing of work and children go back to school. So, we are delighted to welcome you to our first edition for 2018, and do so with the hope that it finds you well and ready to begin the year proper.
We have a great variety of articles in this edition. We begin with an overview of the latest figures on the rate of Indigenous incarceration, and discover just how far we are from being even close to ‘Closing the Gap’. Then we have Pope Francis’s homily from his recent visit to Santiago, Chile. His message to Church leaders to make social justice a priority comes across passionately.
There is also a brief piece updating you on the Archdiocese’s efforts to combat modern slavery and the planned celebrations for St Bakhita’s Feast Day. There is also good news from Ashfield parish about their efforts towards affordable housing in the Inner West.
Lastly we have a very exciting invitation to you to be part of our innovative new project—‘Caring for Creation Through Solar’. It’s a unique opportunity to access high-quality, low-cost solar alongside other Catholic communities. Please do take a moment to look at the invitation on Page 6 and get in touch with us if you’re interested or intrigued!
In this edition, we are also thrilled to introduce a new regular feature—‘Social Justice Corner’. After listening to your feedback and idea suggestions, we will be including a piece on one aspect or principle of Catholic Social Teaching in each issue. As always, we would love to hear your thoughts on this new addition, and any other part of Act Justly.
Thank you for all your support and we are very much looking forward to working alongside you all in the coming year as we try together to create a more just Sydney.