"I have heard them crying out" [Exodus 3:7]
It is my great pleasure to invite you to the Fourth National Conference on the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Refugees 2014. The conference is run by the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference through the Australian Catholic Migrant and Refugee Office. The Fourth National Conference is designed to explore all aspects of movement under the theme "Towards a Better World".
As Pope Francis reflects "Our societies are experiencing, in an unprecedented way, processes of mutual interdependence and interaction on the global level. While not lacking problematic or negative elements, these processes are aimed at improving the living conditions of the human family, not only economically, but politically and culturally as well. Each individual is a part of humanity and, with the entire family of peoples, shares the hope of a better future".
The aim of this conference is to bring people together to reflect upon and envisage a better world for all people and especially those who are on the move such as migrants, refugees and asylum seekers. The conference will explore many aspects of migration and asylum and the various roles of different agents and nations in the broader global context.
The Fourth National Conference will be held from Wednesday, 1 October to Friday, 3 October 2014 at the Australian Catholic University, MacKillop Campus,North Sydney.
The first day of the conference will focus more from a religious perspective covering topics such as Catholic teaching on migration, oversea religious workers in Australia, pastoral care of migrants and refugees and religious diversity. The second and third day will focus more on the migration phenomenon more broadly covering topics such as multiculturalism, global and local migration trends, human trafficking, climate induced displacement, children in detention, Australia's refugee and asylum policies, regional protection as well as Australia's asylum policy involving Manus Island and Nauru.
The Fourth National Conference promises to be wonderfully informative and I warmly invite you to attend.
Yours sincerely in Christ,
Bishop Gerard Hanna DD