Sydney Palm Sunday Rally 2024

Yesterday, the Edmund Rice Centre participated in the Palm Sunday Rally, an annual event that holds great significance for our community. This year, our focus was on advocating for a permanent ceasefire in Palestine, a lasting solution for the 10,000 refugees living in limbo for the past 12 years, and urgent action on the climate crisis.
The speakers at the rally highlighted the humanitarian catastrophes in Palestine, including starvation and the bombardment of hospitals, emphasising the urgent need for change. It is disheartening to witness the destruction of the birthplace of Jesus on Palm Sunday, a day that symbolises hope and renewal.
The cruel policies by successive government that have caused immense pain and suffering to refugees seeking safety was stressed. It was a reminder to all that Jesus himself was once a refugee. Palm Sunday commemorates the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem, where he was greeted by cheering crowds waving palm branches, according to the Bible.
Let us use this day to reflect on the values of compassion, justice, and peace, and commit to taking meaningful action to address the pressing issues facing our world today.


Happy NAWRUZ to all those celebrating especially to the Afghan and Iranian communities where it’s widely celebrated.

Yesterday, the Edmund Rice Centre, alongside the Iranian and Afghan communities, celebrated NAWRUZ and Harmony Day at NSW Parliament. The event aimed to honor diversity and multiculturalism in Australia, fostering a sense of belonging for everyone. Nawruz, meaning "new day" in Farsi, symbolizes nature's rebirth and is celebrated as the first day of spring, marking the year 1403 in the Hijri Shamsi (Solar) calendar. It holds special significance in Afghanistan, Iran, and Central Asian countries like Tajikistan. Sadly, the Taliban has banned Nawruz in Afghanistan, deeming it un-Islamic.

The celebration included a panel discussion addressing the dire human rights situations in Afghanistan and Iran. Panelists shared insights and proposed solutions, with participants engaging in a Q&A session.

New court challenge on immigration detainees

We are seeing the rights of people seeking asylum in Australia continue to be a political football in our public discourse. Our institutions of government, fourth estate and those in power need to consider the irreparable harm of policies that our highest court has deemed illegal. This not just to those affected, but Australia’s reputation as the nation of a fair go and one that treats people with compassion. #compassionatesovereignborders

His Excellency Anote Tong at ERC

It was an honour to welcome His Excellency Anote Tong, former President of Kiribati, and his wife Meme at our Centre in Balmain today. Thank you to The Australia Institute and all those who joined us in person and online. The recording of the event will be available in the near future. #climatejustice Pacific Elders' Voice

Free Webinar: In conversation with H.E Anote Tong- Climate Change and Pacific Island States: the Geo-Political Landscape in the Region

Join us to hear His Excellency Anote Tong, President of Kiribati (2003-2016) and current Chair of the Pacific Elders' Voice, explore Climate Change and Pacific Island States: the Geo-Political Landscape in the Region.  H.E. Anote Tong will be joining us as part of his tour in Australia to engage directly with Edmund Rice Centre supporters.

Registration is essential - please click HERE to RSVP. The Zoom link for the webinar will be sent to your email address after you register.

Please check your Junk Folder if you have not received the RSVP confirmation email in your inbox.

For enquiries, contact Corinne Fagueret at [email protected]

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