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Catholic Mission urges yellow armband wearing to 'remember the children'

Catholic Mission has calls on the Australian public to support their remember the suffering of children around the world next Wednesday by wearing a yellow armband, and signing a petition calling on the government to do more for children.

"Every minute of every day 30 children die because of malnutrition, poverty and inadequate medical treatment," said National Director of Catholic Mission, Fr Terry Bell. "Many more are at risk because of child labour, slavery, prostitution, lack of education and abandonment."

"The stories and the statistics are frightening but we believe that one child suffering, is one child too many," says Fr Bell, "so we are calling on all Australians to 'Remember the Children' during World Mission Week (next week) and support specific initiatives to raise awareness of the plight of children around the world and encourage our government to meet its obligations as Signatory to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Seven Major Goals for Survival, Development and Protection (1990)."

One Perth parish - Sacred Heart at Thornlie - is encouraging children to wear national costume on Mission Sunday this Sunday. It is making arrangements to have the national flags of parishioners displayed in the church.

The children will form a procession, and some have been chosen to do the readings and present the gifts for Holy Communion. There will also be a 10 minute video taking the place of the homily for the day, showing the work of Catholic Mission overseas and with Aboriginals in Australia.

Parish priest Fr Patrick Lim told The Record that has downloaded Powerpoint illustrations from the Internet, and these will be flashed on the walls of the church during the Mass and the parish's children's choir will sing the Michael Jackson hit, Heal the World.

Catholic Mission/The Record

Yellow armbands draw attention to plight of world's children (Archdiocese of Adelaide)
Catholic Mission

16 Oct 2002