When news outlets report on the death of a person at the hands of a current or former partner, many of us feel angry and sad. Despite our horror and collective sympathy for the victims, rarely do we consider that someone close to us could be in an abusive relationship. Unfortunately the reality indicates this is often the case.
This year, the most vulnerable people across the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle are struggling more than ever. The onset of winter, coupled with the impact that COVID-19 has had on people’s lives including record high unemployment rates means people need help and they need it now.
Even as many of us struggle to cope and adjust to the challenges coronavirus presents, it would be remiss of us to forget the thousands of children in NSW who, through no fault of their own, live in foster care placements.
In Pope Francis’s apostolic exhortation Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel) he said: “At the very heart of the Gospel is life in community and engagement with others. The content of the first proclamation has an immediate moral implication centred on charity.” As I reflect on the year in review for the Development and Relief Agency, I am confident we have responded to Pope Francis’s call to be focused on charity and engaged with our local community in a manner that has had a positive impact for those in need.