Br Paul Conn
Deputy Province Leader
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Edmund Rice Centre March Updates
A major priority for Edmund Rice Centre in 2021 is support for, and promotion of, theUluru Statement from the Heart. It is a gift to the nation and a roadmap to peace.We strongly support a First Nations Voice to Parliament enshrined in theConstitution, and we urge all friends of Edmund Rice Centre to learn more about theUluru Statement and support its implementation.Here is ERC’s submission on the Indigenous Voice Co-Design Interim Report. Weencourage all individuals and organisations to make a similar submission.
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NEWS – Data Breach
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Global Bakhita Day prayer marathon
ACRATH and Pope Francis kick off global Bakhita Day prayer marathon and *Talitha Kum in a pioneering global online prayer marathon against human trafficking on 8 February 2021. Pope Francis has declared the feast of St Josephine Bakhita on February 8 the International Day of Prayer, Reflection and Action against Human Trafficking. Mark this day by sharing information, joining the world community in prayer and committing to do something in your own life to end slavery. Josephine Bakhita was born in Southern Sudan in 1869, and during her life experienced kidnapping and slavery in both Sudan and Italy. After gaining her freedom Josephine dedicated her life to sharing her story and to supporting the poor and suffering. To mark this year’s International Day ACRATH is part of a special international seven-hour Marathon of Prayer moving around the globe and including a prayer and address from Pope Francis. In fact a group of ACRATH members and a participant from New Zealand, will kick off the event in the first hour. To join the online Marathon of Prayer against human trafficking, go to: https://preghieracontrotratta.org. The marathon begins on February 8 at 8pm Australian Eastern Daylight Time. For 15 minutes, during the first hour ACRATH members from across Australia will pray the ACRATH song, Can You See Me? by Margaret Scharf OP. Pope Francis will join the Marathon at 11.30pm AEST. ACRATH member Sr Colleen Jackson rsc, Talitha Kum’s regional representative for Oceania, is coordinating the Oceania ‘leg’ of the marathon and wants people to join in for as long as they can. Colleen said the prayer marathon was a highlight of the day, and a study, prayer and action package, on the theme of the day, “An economy without human trafficking”, has also been developed by Talitha Kum. ACRATH has also developed Bakhita Day resources, including a poster developed by Heather McNaught, from ACRATH in WA, for use in your school, parish, community or workplace. Find all Bakhita Day material, including a poster and prayers of intercession, and prayer marathon material at: https://acrath.org.au/take-action/world-day-of-prayer/ *Talitha Kum is the International Network of Consecrated Life Against Trafficking in Persons, begun by the International Union of Superiors General.
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