ARCHDIOCESE OF MELBOURNE REPORT:
Melbourne Archbishop Denis Hart has called on Catholic communities to participate in Anti-Poverty Week, 16-22 October.
In a letter to schools, parishes and agencies, Archbishop Hart wrote that poverty attacks people’s God-given dignity through inhibiting education and denying people basic privileges.
“Our faith compels us to take a stand against poverty in all its manifestations. As Catholics we have a rich social doctrine and moral teaching which binds us to respond to the cry of the poor,” Archbishop Hart said.
“Anti-Poverty Week … is a time for us to reflect on the Gospel message of Jesus to clothe the naked, feed the hungry and to visit the sick and imprisoned.”
He said many local agencies worked for the alleviation of poverty and marginalisation in the areas of homelessness, aboriginal disadvantage, drug and alcohol abuse and those living with physical or mental illness.
“I encourage your participation in the mission of evangelisation by participating in initiatives to inform, educate and transform our world,” Archbishop Hart said.
“I invite you to support the shared work undertaken by Agencies of the Archdiocese in promoting awareness of Anti-Poverty Week in schools, parishes, deaneries and associated groups.”
For details on Anti-Poverty Week, visit www.antipovertyweek.org.au.