Archived News Item

Social Justice Sunday: September 27

The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference supports the commitment of youth to issues of social justice, and accordingly, the focus of their Social Justice Sunday Statement is “And You Will Be My Witnesses: Young people and justice”.

In this year’s Social Justice Sunday Statement, the Catholic Bishops of Australia support young people’s commitment to social justice as they use their gifts in the service of justice. The Bishops acknowledge critical injustices, including those experienced by Indigenous youth, the unemployed and those dealing with mental health issues, prevent some youth from taking up the challenge, leaving them disempowered, excluded and deprived of basic dignity.

The Bishops reiterate the challenge presented by Pope Benedict during World Youth Day events, and ask all Catholics:

  • What will you leave to the next generation?
  • What legacy will you leave to young people yet to come?
  • What difference will you make?

Bishop Christopher Saunders, Chairman ACJC, states “We are called to persevere in witnessing to the magnificence of God’s love for us, to act justly in his name and to be agents of hope and peace”.

Download the 2009 Social Justice Sunday Statement “And You Will Be My Witnesses: Young people and justice”.

Further information: Australian Catholic Social Justice Council

Contact: Carmel Heagerty RSM, Institute Justice Co-ordinator