Justice, Peace and the Integrity of Creation

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 Our Newsletter - Latest Issue

JPIC77Peter Thomas, of the JPIC Team, shares his thoughts on JUSTICE ... "Justice is at the cutting edge of the Christian calling, a requirement without which love becomes pure sentimentality."

pdf JPIC No 77 July 2018 (1.01 MB)




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.

Watch video from reconciliation.org.au


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.

Click the play button below. 

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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Those who have responsibility in Economic matters | Responsáveis da economia


The economy cannot attempt only to increase profits by reducing the work force and thereby adding to the ranks of the excluded. It must follow the path marked out by business leaders, politicians, thinkers, and leaders in society who place the human person in first place, and do everything possible to ensure that there are opportunities of dignified work. Let us raise our voices together, asking that economists may have the courage to reject an economy of exclusion and know how to open new paths.

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 For the elderly | Pelos idosos

2018TPVJanWeb150A people that does not take care of grandparents, that does not treat them well has no future! The elderly have wisdom. They are entrusted with a great responsibility: to transmit their life experience, their family history, the history of a community, of a people. Let us keep in mind our elders, so that sustained by families and institutions, may with their wisdom and experience collaborate in the education of new generations.

Pope Francis

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Timor Sea Breakthrough!

2017TSBWeb200In what has been described as a “breakthrough” by the two governments, Australia and East Timor have reached an agreement for the framework of a new treaty that will finally set permanent maritime boundaries between the two countries. The Timor Sea Justice Campaign’s spokesperson, Tom Clarke, welcomed the news but warned it was not yet a done deal.

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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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Our Newsletter - other issues in 2018

JPIC76Contemplating our Care for Creation. This month Anglican Priest, Rev. Linda Chapman, shares with us her reflections on Laudato Si'. “The ecological crisis is a spiritual crisis of humanity as we are living in a way that degrades our environment.This reflection explores a possible way of recovering a sense of our human vocation as creatures gifted with life.”

United Nations World Environment Day is on Tuesday 5 June.

pdf JPIC No 76 June 2018 (1.07 MB)



We offer you our May newsletter in a slightly different format!

The symbols of Australia and Timor-Leste are used to illustrate the difficulties encountered by our neighbour Timor-Leste in developing its independence and the struggle for recognition of its sovereignty over maritime borders.

This is a story you can listen to or read. To listen, click the play button in the Crocodile and the Kangaroo story above.

  pdf JPIC No 75 May 2018 (1.16 MB)



This month we are celebrating the gift of the Earthsong Library to the Carmelite Library in Middle Park. "This donation is a great responsibility and a great potential learning experience, enabling the Library to be

the best ecospirituality library in Melbourne."

Today, as we take risks for the sake of something greater than our separate, individual lives, we are feeling graced by other beings and by Earth itself.
Joanna Macy


JPIC74Web150a This month Peter Thomas looks at 'Our Forgotten People' and the connection between mental illness and homelessness.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) estimates that 105,000 Australians are homeless on any given night and a high proportion of these people have a mental illness. Some estimates are as high as 75%.

Peter Thomas




With a listening heart and confidence we approach the still small voice of the Spirit of God to respond to today's challenges, commencing this new year with a focus on our search for peace. Peter Clark leads us in reflection on peace using the Carmelite perspective.

To all people of good will who are working for social justice: never tire of working for a more just world, marked by greater solidarity!
Pope Francis

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Click the image below to go to the international Carmelite NGO website


  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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