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Lenten appeal to use resources out of love, not fear

At today's launch of Caritas Australia's annual Project Compassion appeal, Australian Jesuit head Fr Mark Raper will question how governments and individuals decide on spending priorities.

"How is it that so much energy and resources are spent by individuals and governments in order to avoid what we fear, yet so little is spent on pursuing what we love, respect and long for?"

Fr Raper will deliver the occasional address at a Sydney luncheon to celebrate Project Compassion 2004, the major fundraising activity of Caritas Australia, the Catholic agency for aid and development.

Also present at the luncheon will be His Eminence George Cardinal Pell, Archbishop of Sydney, Her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir, AC, Governor of NSW, and the Premier of NSW, Mr Bob Carr.

Meanwhile Fr Raper will speak on a similar theme when he delivers the 2004 Lenten Lecture tomorrow evening at the Australian Catholic University North Sydney Campus.

"Domestic and international policy is increasingly dominated by fear which leads to anxiety, isolation, suspicion, inaction and violence," he says. "By contrast, the gospel speaks to our desire for peace and hope. In the words of Pope Paul VI, 'If you want peace, work for justice."

To build Peace and Bring Hope (Caritas Australia 23/2/04)
Media Release - Head of the Jesuits presents Lenten Lecture at ACU National (Australian Catholic University)

Caritas Australia
Project Compassion 2004
Cardinal will launch Project Compassion (Catholic Weekly 22/2/04)
Global educator urges Hunter community to "build peace and bring hope" (Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle 22/2/04)
Project Compassion flips into Adelaide (Catholic Communications Adelaide 23/2/04)
Pell launching major Caritas appeal with peace call (CathNews 5/3/03)
Poverty more 'understanding gulf' than 'income gap' (Fr Mark Raper to St Vincent de Paul forum, August 2003)

24 Feb 2004