Throughout the month, the Pope's general prayer intention is: "That everywhere in the world an end be put to all forms of terrorism."  The Pope's missionary prayer intention is: "That through the efforts of believers, together with the living forces of society, the new and old chains which prevent the development of the African continent may be broken."

15 2006 Mary Ward Justice Lecture, Making Indigenous Poverty History, a conversation with Linda Burney, the first Indigenous member of the NSW Government and Fred Chaney, Deputy President of the Native Title Tribunal and former Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, facilitated by Jenny Brockie (SBS Insight presenter); Loreto Kirribilli Centenary Hall, Kirribilli; 6-9pm   (cost: $10; bookings essential, 02 9409 2981)

Media and Faith, Denis Shanahan, political editor of The Australian, and Angela Shanahan, Canberra writer and former newspaper columnist; as part of the 2006 St Thomas More’s forum programme; St Thomas More’s School Hall, 30 White Crescent, Campbell, ACT; 7.30-9pm  ($10/$3)

Public launch: Chega! Ballarat

The Socratic Forum:  That we should keep religion out of Australian politics, Senator Lyn Allison (for), Fr Frank Brennan sj (against), facilitated by Dr Barry Jones; Christ Lecture Theatre, ACU National Melbourne campus; 6.30-8pm

16 Public launch: Chega! University of Adelaide, Adelaide; 6 for 6.30pm

Free Make Poverty History public forum: Creating a Fairer World: What should the G-20 do? with speakers including Kumi Naidoo, Chair of the Global Call to Action Against Poverty; Archbishop Njongonkulu Ndungane of Cape Town; Lidy Nacpil, Vice-President, Freedom from Debt Coalition and a range of Australian MPs; Melbourne Town Hall; 10am-5.45pm

17 Flame Weekend, Marian Hall, 2 Richard Porter Way, Pymble; hoisted by Pymble Catholic Parish (information: Renata 0411 081 158)

Make Poverty History concert, Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Melbourne; 6-11pm (free, but ticketed)

Public launch: Chega! Perth; 6pm (08 9364 0660)

18 Young Vinnies harbour cruise (fund-raising venture for drought-stricken rural community in Wilcannia Forbes) Cockle Bay Wharf, Sydney; 7 for 7.30pm – midnight (cost: $60.  information: Christian Andrews 0401 011 558)

Make Poverty History festival: family day with multicultural dance and music, children’s activities, workshops, international speakers; Alexandra Gardens, Melbourne; 10am-8pm

Black deaths in custody protest march and rally, beginning in Queens Park Brisbane; 11am

18-19 OCW national gathering:  Listening to the Spirit; keynote speakers, Dr Gerard Moore and Rev. Dorothy McRae McMahon; Mount St Benedict Centre, Pennant Hills, NSW  (

Australia hosts the G-20 meeting in at the Grand Hyatt, Melbourne (Make Poverty History / Make Indigenous Poverty History)

20-22 Founding summit of the Australian Youth Climate Coalition  (applications close November 10)

21 Book launch:  Acting on Conscience written by Fr Frank Brennan SJ; Glee Books, Glebe,  with Danny Gilbert; 6pm

Book launch: An Acorn Grows Among the Gums written by Dr Noel Fox pbvm, Wagga, for the Tasmanian Presentation Sisters, the first Presentation foundation in Australia; St Mary’s College, Hobart; 4.15pm

23 Mysticism in Religion forum hosted by the Sunshine Coast Inter-faith Network, Lecture Theatre 4, University of the Sunshine Coast, Sippy Downs; 10am-noon

Book launch:  Acting on Conscience by Fr Frank Brennan SJ; Uniya, Kings Cross, with Her Excellency Marie Bashir; 5.30pm

25 The Australian Eckhart Society 2nd national conference:  Meister Eckhart:  mystic for today; Queens College, Melbourne University, Parkville (costs apply.  John Wood:  03 9349 0501)

Sydney Festival for Peace, Pioneer Park, Norton Street, Leichhardt; 11am-6pm (to benefit the Burj el Barajneh refugee camp, Lebanon, and Doctors for Iraq)

White Ribbon Day in support of opposition to violence against women and girls

28 Public launch: Chega! Parliament House, Canberra

28 - Dec. 1 Pope Benedict XVI visits Turkey

30 The Centre for Progressive Religious Thought, Women’s Spirituality Forum:  With healing in her hands: Women and healing in early Christianity, Prof. Elaine Wainwright now lecturing in New Zealand; St James Church, Gillies Street, Curtin, ACT; 7.45pm   ($8 members / $10 friends)


1 Applications close for the 4th annual Cross Cultural Summer School, a joint venture of the Sisters of St Joseph and the Columban Fathers, January 5-26.  (information:  02 8912 4869 or email

1-3 Rachel’s Vineyard healing retreat (emotional and spiritual healing after abortion); Tasmania

2 The Centre for Progressive Religious Thought, Women’s Spirituality Forum:  With healing in her hands: Contemporary women healers in search of a genealogy, Prof. Elaine Wainwright now lecturing in New Zealand; St James Church, Gillies Street, Curtin, ACT; 9am-noon   (cost: tba)

3 International Day for People with a Disability

4 Launch:  We have a story, newsletter of the National Network for Disability and Spirituality

7 Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee is due to report on its inquiry into Stolen Wages

8 St Thomas More’s Forum and wine and cheese evening: Faith on a long walk, Amy Banson ACU student, Walk with a rose organiser and former St Thomas More’s student and school captain; St Thomas More’s School Hall, White Crescent, Campbell, ACT; AND Faith and wine, Br John May from Sevenhills Wine (reflection and wine presentation); 7.30-9pm  (forum entry: $10/$3; +$10 wine tasting)

January 07

5-26 Fourth annual Cross Cultural Summer School, a joint venture of the Sisters of St Joseph and the Columban Fathers.  Applications close December 1 (information:  02 8912 4869 or email

16-19 Second World Forum on Theology and Liberation, Nairobi

16-25 Eight Day retreat; Emmanuel Pastoral and Spirituality Centre, Launceston, Tasmania. 

February 07

9-11 World Day of the Sick celebrations, Seoul, South Korea:  The spiritual and pastoral care of patients with incurable illnesses

11 15th World Day of the Sick

Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes

15 The Centre for Progressive Religious Thought:  Fundamentalism: A misunderstanding of religious experience, with Fr Michael Fallon; St James Church, Gillies Street, Curtin, ACT; 7.45pm   ($3 CPRT members / $5 non-members)


16-17 Responding to climate change:  the call to ecological conversion (conference)

April 07

13-15 Caritas Australia’s Festival of Global Concern, St Joseph’s College, Hunters Hill, Sydney. Year 11 and 12 students and teachers. International guest: Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez, Archbishop of Tegucigalpa, Honduras.  Early bird registrations close February 6.

August 07

16-19 Common Dreams:  Progressive religion as a transforming agent, national gathering for the Centre for Progressive Religious Thought, featuring Bishop John Shelby Spong, theologian Joe Bessler-Northcutt, Prof. B. Brandon Scott; Sydney.

June 08

15-22 49TH International Eucharistic Congress, Ottawa, Canada:  The Eucharist:  Gift of God for the life of the world

July 08

15-20 World Youth Day celebrations, Sydney

October 08

5-26 Synod of Bishops: The Word of God in the life and mission of the Church



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