National Lament

 We are a society which has forgotten how to weep
(Pope Francis)

Catholic Religious Australia (CRA) invites you to participate in a “National Lament”.

“Many people throughout Australia are disturbed by the punitive and harsh policies and conditions to which people seeking asylum in Australia are being subjected”, said CRA President, Sr Annette Cunliffe rsc. 

“The recent incident on Manus Island and the death of one person and the injury of many highlights the lack of care and dignity in the policies of both the Government and the Opposition and the absence of awareness of their legal and moral responsibilities”, she said.

CRA is taking its inspiration from the words of Pope Francis when he visited Lampedusa.

“We lament the lack of compassion for people seeking asylum in Australia, we lament the denial of human dignity and freedom, we lament the indifference, we lament our inability to turn the tide”, said Sr Annette.

The National Lament is a campaign of prayer, penance and action for people seeking asylum in Australia. 

“We are seeking to make a Christian response to these people, rather than treating them as a “problem” to be solved” said Sr Annette.

The National Lament will have 2 parts:

Part 1 Engaging in prayer, penance and action for people seeking asylum in Australia

• Making Friday in Lent a day of prayer and penance for people seeking asylum
• Continuing this practice after Lent through to the Ascension
• Writing to one’s local Federal member and to the Minister, Scott Morrison, expressing our lament for people seeking asylum in Australia

Part 2 Engaging in a Week of Prayer and Prophetic Presence during Ascension to Pentecost, 1 to 8 June 2014

For more information, visit the website:  http://www.catholicreligiousaustralia.org/index.php/component/k2/item/1260-national-lament

(Catholic Religious Australia (CRA) is the peak body for leaders of Religious Institutes and Societies of Apostolic Life resident in Australia. Our membership comprises more than 180 congregations of over 8,000 Sisters, Brothers and Religious Priests living and working in all states and territories.)


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