“Not paying a just wage, not providing work, focusing exclusively on the balance books, on financial statements, only looking at making personal profit. That goes against God!”  – Pope Francis, 1 May 2013

The Living Wage has emerged as a response to growing poverty and inequality that continues to hold back so many Kiwi workers, their families and our economy. In Aotearoa New Zealand, Living Wage Week occurs from 1-7 August. The Catholic Diocese actively supports the Living Wage Movement. Follow the links below to hear an important statement from Bishop Patrick Dunn (Bishop of the Auckland Diocese) and read supporting documentation that explains why we as Catholics should be advocating that everybody receives a just wage. The latest initiative of PF1 has been to promote Living Wage Week. To find out more about this click here.

Pope Francis PF1

PF1 is a group focusing on advocating for social justice issues by learning and applying Catholic Social Teachings.

This group started as an initiative of the World Youth Day Auckland 2015 Experience, at which Phil Glendenning from the Edmund Rice Network in Australia shared a six-point plan for effective advocacy. At the end of the gathering, summary cards detailing those steps were distributed to those in attendance. One version of that card is shown below.
PF1 meets monthly, usually on a weekday evening. For the remainder of 2015 and the first quarter of 2016, the focus is on participants developing advocacy skills:
  • Having intentional meetings
  • Building relationship
  • Collaborating with others
  • Framing a question in a public forum.
To find out more or to attend the next meeting please join our Facebook page.
Individual challenge card 2 copy
Here’s a photo of the group with their namesake at the last meeting for 2015…