STUDENTS and staff from
Catholic schools across the Archdiocese of Melbourne gathered at Deakin
Edge Theatre, Federation Square on Tuesday 4 March for the launch of
Caritas Australia’s Project Compassion 2014 by Archbishop Denis Hart.View gallery
guests André Delfino da Silva and Jessica da Silva from São Paulo,
Brazil joined Archbishop Hart and Mgr Greg Bennet on stage with Sherry
Balcombe (Aboriginal Catholic Ministry) and Sr Margaret Fyfe CSB, Jamie
Davies and Megan Bourke (Caritas Australia).
launch, student representatives from each school were commissioned and
presented with a candle and Project Compassion donation box.
of the launch, a video filmed in São Paulo about the work of the
Movement for the Defence of Favela Residents (MDF), which works in
partnership with Caritas Australia, was screened.
an educator and Jessica, a youth leader, both work with MDF. They
answered questions from the audience about their work, studies and life
with the aid of translator Lisandra Carvalho.
Read more about the favelas here
Compassion 2014 carries Jesus’ commitment for all for a life of
abundance: ‘I have come so that they may have life and have it to the
When reflecting on this verse, Pope Francis said, ‘Men and
women of all times and all places desire a full and beautiful life ... a
life that is not threatened by death but that can mature and grow to
The Project Compassion 2014 stories reflect on Caritas
Australia’s work towards making this desire for a full and beautiful
life within the surroundings of home, a reality.
Read more stories here
Photos by Fiona Basile and Kate Andreo.