Pope’s seven-year action plan for environmental sustainability
June 5 is World Environment Day with the theme Reimagine Recreate Restore. We call to mind the recent launch by Pope Francis of the Vatican’s seven-year Laudato Si’ action plan to implement environmental sustainability in different sectors of the Church.
Reconciliation, more than just a word
May 26 marks National Sorry Day in Australia, which is followed by National Reconciliation Week from 27 May to 3 June. Reconciliation is a journey for all Australians – as individuals, families, communities, organisations and importantly as a nation.
Maintaining holistic appreciation of social issues key to Victorian budget
CSSV welcomes the focus of the 2021/22 Victorian Budget, ‘Creating Jobs, Caring for Victorians’. The sentiment, as stated by Minister for Regional Development, Mary-Anne Thomas, in her address at the budget lock up, that ‘Good, secure and meaningful jobs must be at the heart of our recovery’ is a solid foundation.
CSSV on Victorian State Budget 2021-22
In light of, and in response to, the disruptive and tragic outcomes of the COVID-19 pandemic, Catholic Social Services Victoria offers this ‘budget priorities’ discussion paper and recommendations as input to the 2021/22 Victorian Budget process.
Volunteers cooks needed for Good Samaritan Inn
Our member organisation, Good Samaritan Inn, provides short term, crisis accommodation and support, for women, children and young people experiencing family violence or homelessness. They’re looking for dedicated volunteers to prepare and cook an evening meal for their guests during the week.
Free gender equality resources available for all
Wellsprings for Women provides a caring space for women, along with a range of support services and programs. As part of its Gender Equality program, Wellsprings has produces a number of free resources for use by other agencies, sector workers and schools.
Our mission is to assist the Catholic Church in Victoria to fulfil the gospel imperatives to:
Stand in solidarity with and serve the poor, disadvantaged and marginalised; and work for a just, equitable and compassionate society.
Catholic Social Services Victoria (CSSV) is the peak body for Catholic social services across the state. Underpinned by Catholic social teaching, CSSV works with its 40+ member organisations to assist the bishops and broader Catholic community across Victoria, to fulfil the gospel imperatives to stand with and serve the poor, disadvantaged and marginalised.
“If someone helps an elderly person cross a river, that is a fine act of charity. The politician, on the other hand, builds a bridge, and that too is an act of charity. While one person can help another by providing something to eat, the politician creates a job for that other person, and thus practices a lofty form of charity that ennobles his or her political activity.”Pope Francis, Fratelli Tutti, #186
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