On a visit to a refugee camp in Greece, Pope Francis said,
“As people of faith, we wish to join our voices to speak out on your behalf ... We hope that the world will heed these scenes of tragic and indeed desperate need, and respond in a way worthy of our common humanity.” (April 16, 2016, New York Times)
This is what advocacy is all about, using our voices to speak out on behalf of those in desperate need. In 2016 Catholic Mission continues to ‘use our voice’ for children in detention and for those children who will seek asylum in Australian in the future, and we pick up the campaign of mining in the Asia-Pacific region, especially in the Philippines.
Pope Francis addressed the issue of mining directly in 2015 pointing out the highly negative impact of mining operations on local communities. “The Pope spoke of the cry for justice coming from these communities for their lost lands, the violence, threats, corruption, the trampled human rights, the dire working conditions, and sometimes the slavery and human trafficking as well as the pollution of water, air and soil. The Pope urged the entire mining sector to carry out a radical paradigm shift to improve the situation in many countries. He said all parties needed to adopt a behaviour that is inspired by the fact that we make up one human family and engage in a sincere and respectful dialogue to deal with this crisis.”
Vatican Radio – 17.7.15
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