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Tuesday, 05 July 2016 11:48

Migrant and Refugee Week: 22-28 August 2016

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Migrant Refugee Kit Poster 2016 smThe Australian Catholic Migrant and Refugee Office (ACMRO) has published a kit to mark Migrant and Refugee Week and help us ponder how we can help and advocate for the rights of migrants and refugees.

The kit contains Pope Francis' Message for the World Day of Migration, focusing on the theme:  Migrants and Refugees Challenge Us. The Response of the Gospel of Mercy. 

"Migration movements are now a structural reality, and our primary issue must be to deal with the present emergency phase by providing programmes which address the causes of migration and the changes it entails, including its effect on the makeup of societies and peoples. The tragic stories of millions of men and women daily confront the international community as a result of the outbreak of unacceptable humanitarian crises in different parts of the world," said Pope Francis.

"Indifference and silence lead to complicity whenever we stand by as people are dying of suffocation, starvation, violence and shipwreck. Whether large or small in scale, these are
always tragedies, even when a single human life is lost.

Migrants are our brothers and sisters in search of a better life, far away from poverty, hunger, exploitation and the unjust distribution of the planet’s resources which are meant to be equitably shared by all. Don’t we all want a better, more decent and prosperous life to share with our loved ones?"

The resource kit also includes a message from Bishop Long, who himself arrived in Australia as a "boat person," and reflections on the implications of the Year of Mercy for policy and action.

Download the 102nd World Day of Migrants and Refugees Kit from the Australian Catholic Migrant and Refugee Office (ACMRO).