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Sorry Day call to reanimate National Reconciliation


On the eve of tomorrow's Sorry Day, Brisbane's Archdiocesan Catholic Justice and Peace Commission has urged Catholics to be involved in the action to promote reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.

Sorry Day is followed by National Reconciliation Week, which begins on Thursday.

Commission Executive Officer Peter Arndt said that reconciliation seems to have disappeared as a national priority in recent years.

"After the great bridge walks of a couple of years ago, reconciliation seems to have disappeared as a matter of importance," Mr Arndt said.

"The Gospel tells us that the Church has been given the ministry of reconciliation and it seems natural that we in Australia should make reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians an area of special focus in our ministry," he said.

Mr Arndt said that the Commission has facilitated a collaboration between a range of Church and community groups to organise a number of events to mark National Sorry Day and National Reconciliation Week.

The events include a National Sorry Day Memorial Service in Brisbane's King George Square at 6:00 pm this evening. A full list of Sorry Day events around the country is published on the Journey of Healing website.

SOURCE
Call for Commitment to Reconciliation (Catholic Justice and Peace Commission, Archdiocese of Brisbane 18/5/04)

LINKS
Catholic Justice and Peace Commission
Reconciliation Australia | National Reconciliation Week | Pathways to Reconciliation
Journey of Healing | Sorry Day 2004


25 May 2004