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  • Remembering Brazil’s bishop of the poor

    Remembering Brazil’s bishop of the poor

    “The ‘Avanguardistes’ and the ‘Fejocistes’ and their songs helped initiate me with an intuition or ideal of sacred struggle,” recalled Catalan-born Brazilian Bishop Pedro Casaldáliga Pla in his 1975 book “Yo creo en la justicia en la esperanza” (I believe in justice and hope).

  • Righteous of the Nations

    Righteous of the Nations

    The Yad Vashem World Holocaust Remembrance Centre has recognised four Belgian JOC leaders and a chaplain as “Righteous of the Nations” for the roles in protecting and saving Jews and resisting the Nazi occupation during World War II.

  • Vale Fr Mick Wheeler

    Vale Fr Mick Wheeler

    This month we say goodbye to Fr Mick Wheeler, a former Melbourne YCW fulltime secretary, who later became a priest.

  • ACI AGM Online 29 August 2020

    ACI AGM Online 29 August 2020

    The Australian Cardijn Cooperative will hold its Annual General Meeting for this year online on Saturday 29 August.

  • Catholics combine on refugee issues

    Catholics combine on refugee issues

    Sydney Catholics are proposing to establish a new “Catholics for Refugees” group to tackle the many problems and issues affecting asylum seekers and refugees in Australia.

  • RIP Lesley Campbell

    RIP Lesley Campbell

    30 June 2020 witnessed the funeral in Adelaide of former YCW full time worker Lesley Campbell. In a true sign of our times, it was conducted online due to the Coronavirus.

  • John Curnow, priest and prophet

    John Curnow, priest and prophet

    A key moment in John Curnow’s interpretation of Cardinal Joseph Cardijn’s method was his organisation’s donation in 1981 of $1000 to the anti-Springbok tour movement Halt All Racist Tours (HART).

  • Des Tobin: Writer, speaker, YCW fulltimer

    Des Tobin: Writer, speaker, YCW fulltimer

    Des Tobin has variously been a failed student, a springboard diver, a discontented apprentice panel beater, a junior pole-vaulter, a VFL and Olympic Australian Rules footballer, a YCW extension worker, and a successful business executive in the funeral industry.

  • Rerum Novarum awards launched

    Rerum Novarum awards launched

    Rerum Novarum Awards for social justice have been re-launched The Rerum Novarum Awards for 2020 have been re-launched as a result of the disruption to the school year caused by the COVID-19 virus.

  • Lessons from a township that resisted apartheid

    Lessons from a township that resisted apartheid

    Can people on the wrong end of power change the world by working together? Or are the moments when the powerless take control of their own lives doomed to be snuffed out?

  • World War II martyrs on both sides

    World War II martyrs on both sides

    World War II in Europe ended 75 years ago in May 1945. Right to the end, however, JOC and JEC leaders continued to die in Nazi concentration camps.

  • Laudato Si’ five years on

    Laudato Si’ five years on

    This month marks the fifth anniversary of Pope Francis’ important encyclical Laudato Si’ on “Care for Our Common Home,” updating Catholic Social Teaching on environmental as well as labour and other issues.

  • Training Catholic Activists in New Zealand

    Training Catholic Activists in New Zealand

    Rod Orange’s book, “See, Judge, Act, Training Catholic Activists in New Zealand, 1939-1983” is a history of the lay leadership training groups In this country, variously known as the Catholic Youth Movement (CYM), later the Young Christian Workers (YCW).

  • International Week of Young Workers

    International Week of Young Workers

    As it has done since the 1980s, the International YCW is this week celebrating the International Week of Young Workers, which has its origins with the Brazilian YCW which first celebrated the National Week of Young Workers in 1970.

  • Labour’s battlefield

    Labour’s battlefield

    “May the soul of every worker who died on labour’s battlefield rest in peace!” reads the YCW Prayer.

  • ACI asks PM to ensure no-one left behind in Covid crisis

    ACI asks PM to ensure no-one left behind in Covid crisis

    ACI chairman, Brian Lawrence, and other Catholic leaders have written to PM Scott Morrison raising concerns about those left behind during the Covid crisis.

  • Bishop Vincent’s Message for the Feast of St Joseph the Worker

    Bishop Vincent’s Message for the Feast of St Joseph the Worker

    As we mark the Feast of St Joseph the Worker this year, the most significant issue affecting the work life of Australians is the impact of COVID-19, writes Bishop Vincent.

  • Future of Work project

    Future of Work project

    ACI is considering a research project into Future of Work issues, including the possibility of a universal basic wage, the need for which is particularly evident in poorer countries and in the gig economy within all countries.

  • Remembering Mike Bowden

    Remembering Mike Bowden

    Former Richmond footballer and recent PhD graduate from Yarra Theological Union and the University of Divinity, Mike Bowden, died on Holy Saturday, 11 April this year, after a long battle with Motor Neurone Disease (MND). 

  • Towards a Christian Worker Movement?

    Towards a Christian Worker Movement?

    Having joined the YCW as a student at age 14 in 1960 and having worked full time for the YCS national office in 1968-9, I have had an interest in the history of both, writes Brian Lawrence.

  • Finding archival treasure with Trove

    Finding archival treasure with Trove

    If you haven’t done so, I recommend that you visit the National Library’s Trove, writes Brian Lawrence.

  • Consider ‘universal basic wage’: Pope

    Consider ‘universal basic wage’: Pope

    Pope Francis has called for consideration of a “universal basic wage” as a means to respond to the economic disruption caused by Covid-19.

  • Brian Lawrence new ACI Chair

    Brian Lawrence new ACI Chair

    The former Chairman of the Australian Catholic Council for Employment Relations, Brian Lawrence, has accepted a new appointment as Chair of the Australian Cardijn Institute Cooperative Ltd (ACI).