Why act?

Do you see things happening in your community – locally, nationally and even globally – that you wish you could change? Do you want to make a difference, but you're not really sure where to start or how to go about it? You’re definitely not alone. The best way to start making a difference is by changing ourselves and the way in which we live in our world.

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Advocate with Caritas

Advocate with Caritas

Take action to end poverty, promote justice and uphold dignity with Caritas' advocacy campaigns.


Inspired by the profound words of El Salvadorian Archbishop Oscar Romero, “Aspire not to have more, but to be more,” Caritas Australia encourages all Australians to take up the challenge to Be More in their daily lives: to take action for social and environmental justice, and to create a more just and compassionate world.

There are actions you can take on all levels – personal, family, local, national and global – which can contribute to tackling the structures of poverty and bring about personal and global transformation.

The Be More Challenge Guide can help you in your journey to set these, or you can get involved with Caritas Australia’s campaigns.

Finding inspiration from Oscar Romero

An uncompromising determination to do what is right, true, and just became a guiding principle for Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero. In his actions and words, he demanded peace; a peace which could only be found in realising human rights and human dignity. He raised awareness globally about the people in his country, El Salvador, who had suffered immensely at the hands of military forces; he spoke up for the rights of the poor and marginalised.

Like many great leaders who have fought for truth, Oscar Romero was assassinated in 1980 by those whose actions and authority he spent his life challenging. A single bullet transformed him into a martyr. Although his life was taken, his voice could not be silenced. Romero became a symbol of hope in a country ravaged by poverty, injustice, and sorrow.

Be inspired – learn more about Romero and how to Be More:

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Archbishop Oscar Romero
Aspire not to have more, but to be more.These words of Oscar Romero inspire Caritas Australia’s campaigns. Archbishop Romero was a Caritas partner in El Salvador who lived Catholic Social Teaching without compromise and paid the ultimate price.