Modern slavery was the focus of Catholic Mission Perth’s Christmas Reflection, hosted at St Patrick’s Basilica in Fremantle in partnership with the University of Notre Dame Australia and the Oblates of Mary Immaculate.
Catholic Mission Perth diocesan director Francis Leong said the event was organised in response to a call by the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference to raise awareness and inspire action to counter the problem of modern slavery and human trafficking.
“The more light we can shine on this problem, the greater is the potential for change for the better,” Mr Leong said.
“The themes we choose each year are designed to not only inspire, but to provoke. They draw on the darker yet hope-giving side of the Christmas narrative, focusing on the experience of those who are marginalised, oppressed and vulnerable in our world today.”
Professor Francis Campbell, vice-chancellor of the University of Notre Dame Australia, was the keynote speaker.
“Drawing on personal encounters of modern slavery issues as a diplomat in Europe, Professor Campbell’s meditation invited us all to not only do our bit in slave-free purchasing over the Christmas period but also raise awareness of this issue in our circles and networks,” Mr Leong said.
The Christmas Reflection was livestreamed and included readings and music.
Proceeds from the event will support local and international congregations of religious sisters who work to protect vulnerable women and children, many of whom are survivors of modern slavery and human trafficking, by providing education and vocational training opportunities.
View a replay of the Catholic Mission Christmas Reflection: www.catholicmission.org.au/perth2020.
Christmas reflection “inspire and provoke” a call to action (Catholic Mission)