Justice, Peace and the Integrity of Creation

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JPIC83Welcome to 2019 and blessings to you in the many joys and challenges ahead.

IF we are to make our nation into a cohesive and diverse one, we must honour our Aboriginal brothers and sisters as our first nation peoples. IF we are to make a nation rather than a mere economy we have to absorb Indigenous history, learn from Indigenous people, walk in collaboration with them and recognise their rights. We are grateful to Glen Loughrey, Vicar at St Oswald’s Anglican Church, Glen Iris in Melbourne, for this reflection as he shares what it means to be an indigenous man as our nation marks Australia Day on 26 January.

JPIC No 83 February 2019

Carmelite NGO wins accreditation to UN Environment Program

2019UNEnvironmentThe Carmelite NGO has been given accreditation to the UN Environment Program and observer status at its Assembly. This provides the Carmelite NGO with the opportunity to participate in the Regional Consultation meetings and in the preparation of the Regional Civil Society Statements. The Carmelite NGO is now able to submit written documents and participate in public meeting of the Committee of Permanent Representatives.

Accreditation provides non-governmental organizations with observer status to the Assembly and its subsidiary bodies and brings many advantages to the Carmelite NGO with respect to participation in the work of UN Environment’s Governing Bodies, such as the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) of UN Environment and the Committee of Permanent Representatives.

Laudato Si' 3rd Anniversary

2018LSVWeb150Watch a short video about the Vatican Conference held to celebrate the 3rd anniversay of Laudato Si'

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Laudato Si' Curriculum for Seconday Education

2018NGOCCWeb150Read the latest issue of the Carmelite NGO newsletter featuring the development of an education program for secondary school students. The program was developed by the Carmelite NGO and Salpointe Catholic High School - a Carmelite school in Tucson, Arizona.

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Timor-Leste Election update

2018TLE2Web150Having trouble understanding the recent elections in Timor-Leste? Want to know which parties have formed a coalition to govern? Read this article by Br Agedo Bento, OCarm.

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A House of Mercy in Indonesia

2018MHWeb150Thanks to collaboration between the Indonesian Carmelites and the Carmelite NGO Mercy House in Indonesia offers children from poor families a place to learn, develop and play. Mercy House is also home to abandoned elderly people where they receive care, dignity and a place to live for the rest of their lives. Find out more by watching the short video below.

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Our History, Our Story, Our Future

2018ReconWeb150In every nation’s story there are important moments—events and crossroads—that shape the chapters to come.

For all Australians this ancient land connects the stories of our past, our present and our future.

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The Crocodile and the Kangaroo

2018CKWeb150'The Crocodile and the Kangaroo' is the story of the relationship between Timor-Leste and Australia written by Br Agedo Bento, OCarm. The story is told by the Crocodile (national symbol of Timor-Leste) and the Kangaroo (national symbol of Australia). It focusses on the negotiations between Timor-Leste and Australia over a just share of oil and gas reserves in the Timor Sea.

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The Mission of the Laity | A missão dos leigos

2018TPVMayLay people are on the front line of the life of the Church. We need their testimony regarding the truth of the Gospel and their example of expressing their faith by practicing solidarity.Let us give thanks for the lay people who take risks, who are not afraid and who offer reasons for hope to the poorest, to the excluded, to the marginalized. Let us pray together this month that the lay faithful may fulfill their specific mission, the mission that they received in Baptism, putting their creativity at the service of the challenges of today's world.

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We will not remain silently complicit ...


We will not remain silently complicit in the destruction of our common home. We urge our Carmelite Family to join us in a commitment to study, prayer and the performance of very simple gestures that will contribute to substantive change in our lifestyles. The culture of indifference is one of the key challenges within our communities and societies. Blessed Titus Brandsma, along with many other Carmelite saints, reminds us “We are not called to do great things. We are called to do the ordinary things in grand style.”

Read the final message of the International Carmelite JPIC Congress


Uluru Statement from the Heart

2017USWeb200Indigenous leaders from across the country gathered from 23-26 May this year to discuss constitutional recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. This First Nations Convention was the culmination of 12 regional dialogues held across the country.

You can pdf read the full statement (18 KB) from the Convention.

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  pdf The Lord Hears the Cry of the Poor (902 KB)
A reflection on poverty, the desert and the Carmelite charism

  pdf The God of Our Contemplation (902 KB)
Exploring the connection between the Carmelite vocation and work for Justice and Peace

The Carmelite Commission for Justice, Peace & the Integrity of Creation
is an outreach of the Carmelite Friars
of the Province of Australia and Timor-Leste


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