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Adelaide in action for Project Compassion
Get active this Lent
and raise money for
Join Fr Charles Lukati and the Project Compassion team
and run or walk in the Sunday Mail Bay-City Fun Run
on March 19.
Get sponsors to support your efforts.
Step 1: Register with Sunday Mail Bay-City Fun Run
Go to https://www.bay-city.org.au and create a solo account
Be sure to join the “Project Compassion” team before
you finalise your registration
Step 2: Fundraise with Caritas
Contact Angela Hart at the Adelaide Caritas Australia office
on 8210 8172 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to:
• Open your own online Project Compassion Fundraising
web page and/or
• Order a receipt book for your sponsors’ donations.
Caritas Australia, 39 Wakefield Street, Adelaide | T: 08 8210 8172 | E: email@example.com
| international news
An international delegation of bishops
returning from a visit to the Holy Land has
called Israel’s occupation of the West Bank
and East Jerusalem “a scandal to which
we must never become accustomed”.
The Holy Land Coordination group,
consisting of 14 bishops and clergy from
across Europe, North America and South
Africa, said the situation violated the
dignity of both Palestinians and Israelis.
“Our Coordination has called for justice
and peace every year since 1998, yet the
suffering continues,” the group said in a
statement released last month.
It comes in the 50th year since the Six Day
War against Egypt, Jordan and Syria, when
Israel occupied Sinai, Gaza, the Golan
Heights, West Bank and East Jerusalem.
Gaza is now governed by the Palestinian
militant group Hamas.
“As Bishops we implore Christians in our
home countries to recognise our own
responsibility for prayer, awareness and
action,” the bishops said.
“So many people in the Holy Land have
spent their entire lives under occupation,
with its polarising social segregation,
yet still profess hope and strive for
reconciliation. Now, more than ever, they
deserve our solidarity.”
The bishops spoke out strongly against
the construction of settlements and
a separation wall on Palestinian land,
saying this “de facto annexation of land”
undermined the rights of Palestinians
and jeopardised any chance of peace.
They urged people to support a two-state
solution and use non-violent resistance
while also providing assistance to the
people of Gaza who continued to live amid
a “man-made humanitarian catastrophe”.
“They have now spent a decade under
blockade, compounded by a political
impasse caused by ill-will on all sides,” the
“We all have a responsibility to help the
local Church, its agencies, volunteers and
NGOs. In the most testing circumstances
they show great resilience and carry out
“It is our faith in God that gives us hope.
It is the witness of Christians in the Holy
Land and especially the young people we
met that inspires us.”
Pope Francis has asked bishops around
the world to think about the role of young
people in the Church as they prepare for a
synod next year which will focus on youth
To be held in Rome in October 2018, the
synod will coincide with the Year of Youth
being celebrated by Catholics in Australia
to commemorate a decade since Sydney
hosted World Youth Day.
The synod will have “youth, faith and
vocational discernment” as its theme and
in order to prepare a working document
the bishops have been asked to answer a
list of questions sent from Rome.
Young people will also be able to
participate and express their thoughts
about their life and faith through a web
page that the Vatican will launch in early
Through this summit the Pope hopes the
whole Church, starting with the hierarchy,
will reflect on how to help young people
connect with faith, find their vocation,
overcome their fears, discover their
talents and face the difficulties of life with
“Make your voice heard, let it resonate in
communities and let it be heard by your
shepherds of souls,” he said.
The Year of Youth will be launched at
the Australian Catholic Youth Festival in
Sydney from December 7-9 2017 and will
focus on the theme ‘Open new horizons
for spreading joy: young people, faith and
President of the Australian Catholic
Bishops Conference, Archbishop Denis
Hart said the emphasis would be on local
discussion and dialogue in parishes,
schools, youth groups and dioceses.
“In 2018 we want to engage with youth in
new ways and they with us, helping young
people to encounter God in Jesus Christ
and his Church. Open your hearts to the
life God intends for you and so make a real
difference in the world,” he said.
Meanwhile, the dates for World Youth Day
2019, to be held in Panama, have been
announced. The festival will be held from
Young voices to be heard at synod
Bishops condemn ‘scandal’ of occupied territories
By Jenny Brinkworth
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