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Reflecting on the Ignatian Suscipe

Homily offered by The Venerable Valerie Hoare at The Eucharist of The Oils on Tuesday 15th April 2014.

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Cathedral vetoes chocolate Easter eggs due to ‘slavery’ concerns

The only chocolate egg to be seen at St John’s Cathedral this Easter will be pictured on the notice board.

Although the Anglican Church supports chocolate eggs at Easter, the Dean, Dr Peter Catt, said today that the Cathedral would not distribute eggs to worshippers on Easter Day – due to child slavery concerns.

“I made the decision after a fruitless search for chocolate eggs that are certified ‘slavery-free’,’’ he said.

“Much of the world’s cocoa is produced by child slaves. It is the dark side of the chocolate industry.

“Chocolate that is certified by Fairtrade, Rainforest Alliance or UTZ is guaranteed to be slavery free. “Unfortunately there is not much of it around and what little there is of it can be very expensive.”

Dr Catt said having only expensive certified eggs in the marketplace created the idea that the public cannot afford to avoid chocolate that might be produced by child slaves.

“This just isn’t true,” Dr Catt said.

“In the UK and Europe public sensitivity to the issue has seen large amounts of certified product become available with very little increases in price.

“I am deeply concerned that Australian manufacturers and retailers are dragging the chain. Some have made the switch on a number of their products, but this has not carried over to their Easter product range.

“Easter is a celebration of life. We can’t in all conscience enjoy that celebration at the expense of children in other parts of the world,” he said.

“We hope that by Easter next year, some retailers will embrace the simple ethical response that is open to them.”

The Anglican Church of Southern Queensland is a member of The Stop the Traffik Coalition which exists to end slavery world-wide. More on the work of Stop the Traffik can be found at: http://www.stopthetraffik.org/australia

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And the Cream of All my Heart

A homily on using the sign of the cross offered by The Dean for Palm Sunday, 13th April 2014.

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Easter. Give the Gift of Slavery-Free Chocolate

I always find Easter a struggle, the cravings kick in! The higher the shops stack their shelves with delicious Easter eggs, the worse it gets. I find myself craving Cadbury’s mini eggs or really wanting to tuck into a gooey Cadbury’s Creme Egg. But I just can’t eat them!

Did you know that a child of 10 may have been trafficked to make the chocolate in your favourite Easter egg?

Over a third of the cocoa that makes the world's chocolate comes from the Cote D'Ivoire, Africa. It's highly likely that the beans that make your favourite chocolate Easter egg come from there.

Cocoa harvesting is backbreaking and hazardous work. The shocking reality is that much of this work is done by children. Thousands of boys as young as 10yrs old, from the Cote D'Ivoire and neighbouring countries, are trafficked to pick and harvest these beans. Their freedom is taken and they are forced to work long hours on the cocoa plantations without receiving any money for their work. They are beaten and work in dangerous conditions.

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Toensing Australian Premier on Good Friday

St John's Cathedral, 373 Ann Street, Brisbane, Qld, Australia. Open for visitors from 9.30am-4.30pm daily.