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November 2018

1 Thu  All Saints
2 Fri

 All Souls

International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists

3 Sat  
4 Sun

31st Sunday in Ordinary Time

Day of Prayer for Anglican-Roman Catholic Reconciliation

5 Mon  World Tsunami Awareness Day
6 Tue

International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict - ACSJC resources on Peacebuilding

International Week of Science and Peace

7 Wed  
8 Thu

 1907: Harvester minimum wage judgement by Justice Higgins - ACSJC resources on Workplace Justice


The Harvester Decision

The Harvester Judgment was a landmark legal case in the campaign for a fair basic wage for Australian workers. The case had both national and international significance. In 1907, Justice HB Higgins ruled that the Sunshine Harvester Works was obliged to pay its employees a wage that guaranteed them a standard of living that was reasonable for ‘a human being in a civilised community’. This gave rise to the legal requirement for a basic wage, which dominated Australian economic life for the next 60 to 80 years.

Sally McManus, Secretary of the ACTU, was right when she said … ‘The promise of Harvester was financial security for working people, not barely keeping from starving and making endless sacrifices to keep the lights on.’ She warned, ‘We are rapidly moving towards the creation of an American-style working poor. A class of people who barely keep their heads above water, despite working full time, sometimes in multiple jobs. Corporate profits rose 40 per cent last year, and full time workers can’t afford to feed and clothe a family. The system is broken.’ 
We are all on notice. The Fair Work Commission alone cannot or will not set the national minimum wage so as to ensure that even working Australians are not living in poverty. We need to consider also the tax transfer system and the social security system.

Frank Brennan SJ AO, 2017 Rerum Novarum Oration, 8 November 2017

9 Fri

1989: Berlin Wall opened - ACSJC resources on Peacebuilding

10 Sat

World Science Day for Peace and Development

1995: Execution of nine Nigerian environmental and human rights activists

11 Sun

32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Remembrance (Armistice) Day: 100th anniversary of the end of World War I (1918) - ACSJC resources on Peacebuilding

1975: Dismissal of the Whitlam Government

12 Mon

1991: Dili Massacre, Timor-Leste: more than 271 people killed - ACSJC resources on Peacebuilding

13 Tue


14 Wed

World Diabetes Day

15 Thu


16 Fri

International Day for Tolerance - ACSJC resources on Confronting Racism

World Philosophy Day

1989: Murder of six Jesuit priests and two co-workers in El Salvador

17 Sat


18 Sun

33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

World Day of the Poor - ACSJC resources on World Poverty


From Pope Francis’ inaugural Message for the World Day of the Poor, 18 November 2017:

‘Let us love, not with words but with deeds’
We are called, then, to draw near to the poor, to encounter them, to meet their gaze, to embrace them and to let them feel the warmth of love that breaks through their solitude. Their outstretched hand is also an invitation to step out of our certainties and comforts, and to acknowledge the value of poverty in itself.
Let us never forget that, for Christ’s disciples, poverty is above all a call to follow Jesus in his own poverty. It means walking behind him and beside him, a journey that leads to the beatitude of the Kingdom of heaven. Poverty means having a humble heart that accepts our creaturely limitations and sinfulness and thus enables us to overcome the temptation to feel omnipotent and immortal. Poverty is an interior attitude that avoids looking upon money, career and luxury as our goal in life and the condition for our happiness. Poverty instead creates the conditions for freely shouldering our personal and social responsibilities, despite our limitations, with trust in God’s closeness and the support of his grace. Poverty, understood in this way, is the yardstick that allows us to judge how best to use material goods and to build relationships that are neither selfish nor possessive.

For the full text of Pope Francis’ Message, visit here.

19 Mon

World Toilet Day - ACSJC resources on World Poverty

20 Tue

Universal Children’s Day

1959: Adoption by UN of the Declaration of Rights of the Child

21 Wed

World Television Day

22 Thu

1963: Assassination of US President John F. Kennedy

23 Fri


24 Sat

1964: Passage of National Service Act by Australian Parliament

25 Sun

Christ the King

International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

White Ribbon Day

1981: UN Declaration on the Elimination of All Forms of Intolerance and of Discrimination Based on Religion or Belief - ACSJC resources on Confronting Racism

26 Mon

1883: Death of Sojourner Truth, African-American abolitionist and women’s rights activist

27 Tue

1998: Award of the first Sydney Peace Prize to Muhammad Yunus - ACSJC resources on Peacebuilding

28 Wed


29 Thu

International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People

1980: Death of Dorothy Day, Founder of the Catholic Worker Movement

1986: Meeting of St John Paul II with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Alice Springs

30 Fri  


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