This message is prepared each week for the publication of our Tuesday diocesan e-news – Dio Update. This week’s Dio Update falls on 4 July, the day we remember as American Independence Day, the day in 1776 on which the then thirteen American colonies claimed their independence from the British Empire and became the United States of America.
Here we are back into Ordinary Time and the resounding message in this week’s Gospel (Matthew 10:26-33) is ‘Do not be afraid’.
At the end of a rainy weekend, I am at my desk, pleased to be warm and dry, while pondering those whose lives are not so fortunate.
The challenge for me this week is that I am writing this message one week early.
World Day Against Child Labour is observed on 12 June. Child labour is often defined as work that denies children their childhood, their dignity and their potential, and that is damaging to mental and physical development. Child labour comes in many forms and includes work that is physically, mentally, socially or morally dangerous and/or harmful to children.