OCEANIA/AUSTRALIA - Social Justice Sunday September 27, focusing on the youth

Wednesday, 16 September 2009

Sydney (Agenzia Fides) – The youth are an essential force in proposing the themes and questions of social justice to society. Through “the power of the Holy Spirit,” they can be credible witnesses of the challenges that the Gospel presents to society: this is what a Message from the Australian Bishops' Conference says, on the occasion of Social Justice Sunday, which the entire Church on the continent will celebrate September 27. A copy of the message was sent to Agenzia Fides.
The youth are the authentic ambassadors of faith, hope, and justice, says Bishop Christopher Saunders, President of the “Justice and Peace” Commission of the Bishops' Conference, recalling the central theme of WYD in Sydney in 2008.
Recalling “the legacy of World Youth Day 2008 and its theme, which tells of the power that the Holy Spirit confers on us and its continuing inspiration,” the Bishop highlights that, in the struggle for justice and peace, we must “remember that as Christians we are a new creation, part of a holy world in which God is not eclipsed or deemed irrelevant by a secularist ideology.”
“We are called to persevere in witnessing to the magnificence of God’s love for us, to act justly in his name and to be agents of hope and peace,” the Bishop said.
The Message for the Day touches on various social challenges that Australia is facing now, such as integration of aborigenes, discrimination, unemployment, protecting the environment, development...highlighting the need for commitment and Christian witness in every sphere of society. (PA) (Agenzia Fides 16/09/2009)