EVENTS

World Refugee Day 20 June 2020

'Every Action Counts'

The COVID-19 pandemic and the recent anti-racism protests have shown us how desperately we need to fight for a more inclusive and equal world: a world where no one is left behind.

It has never been clearer that all of us have a role to play in order to bring about change. Everyone can make a difference.

This is at the heart of UNHCR’s World Refugee Day campaign. This year, we aim to remind the world that everyone, including refugees, can contribute to society and Every Action Counts in the effort to create a more just, inclusive, and equal world. 

Throughout the Asia Pacific region, Good Shepherd organizations and programmes support and advocate for refugees and people seeking asylum.  One example below:

Ahuva Good Shepherd:  Small Group Care, Singapore

On 20th June, the residents at Small Group Care (SGC) commemorated World Refugee Day. The teacher used this occasion to bring awareness to SGC residents on refugees’ plight and helped them recognize the refugees’ resilience in rebuilding their lives. 

Click here - Ahuva GS:SGC, Singapore marks World Refugee Day

 

Global day of prayer on Sunday 24 May 2020

16-24 May 2020 Laudato Si' - On Care for Our Common Home

Global day of prayer on Sunday 24 May -  Click here to view and download Sunday’s prayer card.

In view of the 5th anniversary of the publication of the Encyclical Laudato si', Pope Francis recorded a video message, addressing people around the world.

 

Click herehttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DHlzOWp8ZQY&feature=youtu.be

'What kind of world do we want to leave to those who will come after us, to children who are growing up?

In this time marked by the pandemic we are more aware of the importance of caring for our common home.  Let us unite in a shared commitment to help build and strengthen constructive attitudes aimed at caring for creation.

The cry of the earth and the cry of the poor cannot continue.'

Watch this challenging video produced by Conservation International which reminds us of how much we need our Planet Earth.

 

Click herehttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IZmaSZjYzww

 

 

What is this thing that has happened to us?

“What is this thing that has happened to us? It’s a virus, yes. In and of itself it holds no moral brief. But it is definitely more than a virus. Some believe it’s God’s way of bringing us to our senses. Others that it’s a Chinese conspiracy to take over the world.

Whatever it is, coronavirus has made the mighty kneel and brought the world to a halt like nothing else could. Our minds are still racing back and forth, longing for a return to “normality”, trying to stitch our future to our past and refusing to acknowledge the rupture. But the rupture exists. And in the midst of this terrible despair, it offers us a chance to rethink the doomsday machine we have built for ourselves. Nothing could be worse than a return to normality.

Historically, pandemics have forced humans to break with the past and imagine their world anew. This one is no different. It is a portal, a gateway between one world and the next.

We can choose to walk through it, dragging the carcasses of our prejudice and hatred, our avarice, our data banks and dead ideas, our dead rivers and smoky skies behind us. Or we can walk through lightly, with little luggage, ready to imagine another world. And ready to fight for it.”                                                                                                                  

Arundhati Roy

 

Arundhati Roy is a highly regarded Indian author, and a political activist involved in human rights and environmental issues.

 

Good Shepherd Sister receives humanitarian award

Global Sisters Report, A Project of National Catholic Reporter, November 25 2019 

Sr. Catherine Mutindi, founder of Bon Pasteur in Congo, has received the 16th annual Opus Prize, which comes with $1 million for her humanitarian work.

St. Louis University and the Opus Prize Foundation bestowed the award on the Good Shepherd sister Nov. 21 at the Jesuit-run university's Center for Global Citizenship.

"Sister Catherine is working to address modern-day slavery, in children as young as 4 and 5, working in highly toxic cobalt mines, to earn enough to feed their families that day," said Don Neureuther, director of the Opus Prize Foundation.

"In a relatively short period, she has transformed the lives of 3,000 children and countless adults, and literally restored their humanity," he said in a statement. "She gives them hope."

Read more

Click here - https://www.globalsistersreport.org/news/ministry/news/good-shepherd-sister-receives-16th-annual-opus-prize-work-congo

 

10 December 2018 The Universal Declaration of Human Rights turns 70

Launch of year long campaign International Day for Human Rights

Today we celebrate the 70th anniversary of the the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This milestone document proclaims the inalienable rights which everyone is inherently entitled to as a human being -- regardless of race, colour, religion, sex, language, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. It is the most translated document in the world, available in more than 500 languages.

While its promise is yet to be fully realized, the very fact that it has stood the test of time is testament to the enduring universality of its perennial values of equality, justice and human dignity.

The principles enshrined in the Declaration are as relevant today as they were in 1948. We need to stand up for our own rights and those of others. We can take action in our own daily lives, to uphold the rights that protect us all and thereby promote the kinship of all human beings.  

#StandUp4HumanRights

  • The Universal Declaration of Human Rights empowers us all.

  • Human rights are relevant to all of us, every day.

  • Our shared humanity is rooted in these universal values.

  • Equality, justice and freedom prevent violence and sustain peace.

  • Whenever and wherever humanity's values are abandoned, we all are at greater risk.

  • We need to stand up for our rights and those of others.

 

 

FUTURE EVENTS

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Some other key dates to save in your calendars

February 8 - Feast of St Josephine Bakhita

February 20 - World Day of Social Justice

March 8 - International Women's Day (IWD)

March 22 - World Water Day

March (last Saturday) - Earth Hour

April 22 - Earth Day

April 24 - Feastday of St Mary Euphrasia Pelletier

May 26 - June 24 - Ramadan (varies)

June 5 - World Environment Day

June 12 - World Day Against Child Labour

June 14 - 20 - Refugee Week

June 20 - World Refugee Day

June 24 - Good Shepherd Day (Australia)

July 22 - Good Shepherd Day (Aotearoa/New Zealand) 

July 30 - World Day against Trafficking in Persons

August 9 - International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples

August 19 - Feastday of St John Eudes

September 1 - World Day of Prayer for Care of Creation

September 21 - International Day of Peace

October 6 - World Habitat Day

October 11 - International Day of the Girl Child

October 16 - World Food Day

October 17 - International Day for the Elimination of Poverty

November 2 - All Souls Day

November 11 - Diwali festival

November 18 - World Day of the Poor

November 25 - International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

November 25 - 10 Dec - 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence

December 2 - International Day for the Abolition of Slavery

December 5 - International Volunteer Day

December 10 - Human Rights Day