Melbourne News

Caritas launches Project Compassion 2014

Fiona Power, Kairos Catholic Journal, Friday 7 March 2014
 
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.

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Special 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).

Following the launch, student representatives from each school were commissioned and presented with a candle and Project Compassion donation box.
As part 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.

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André, 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

Project 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 full’.
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 its fullness’.
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.

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