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 who for one reason or another aren’t being heard. There are many ways in which we can
do this:

  • Write to your local mayor, state and/or federal MP about the issue.
  • Speak to your family about what you’re learning in class.
  • Spend an hour a week of screen time researching an issue and make a presentation to the
    class, year group or school assembly.
  • Challenge stereotypes when you hear them in the playground, in class or at home.
  • Use Social Media to highlight what’s happening in Australia and overseas. Make sure to focus
    on solutions to, as well as challenges of, poverty healthcare, education etc.
  • Choose one fundraising idea and make it happen at your school.

In 2017 Catholic Mission continues to ‘use our voice’ for children in detention and for those children who will seek asylum in Australian in the future. Click here to find out more.

We also pick up the campaign of mining in the Asia-Pacific region, especially in the Philippines.
Click here to find out more.

We are reminded of the words from Archbishop Oscar Romero Prayer (Archbishop San Salvador 1977-1980)

“We cannot do everything, and there is a sense of liberation in realizing that.
This enables us to do something, and to do it very well.”