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Refugees and Asylum Seekers

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Jesuit Refugee Service Australia (JRS) has urged the Federal Government to put in place an independent committee to review and monitor all elements of the offshore processing regime, reports The Catholic Weekly.

As we journey through Advent and into Christmas, let us remember those for whom Australia has “no room”. Sr Suzette Clark rsc reiterates the call of several prominent Catholics to treat refugees and asylum seekers with welcome, dignity and compassion.

A Loreto Justice Paper released this month entitled "Stopping the boats! Refugees and asylum seekers in Australia" provides a context for understanding Australian policy on refugees and asylum seekers. This concise discussion of past and present policies helps inform our Christian response and advocacy to this issue.

Tuesday, 17 July 2012 19:38

Politics at the pulpit

"I don’t think politics should be brought into the pulpit," said a gentleman mass-goer to Jesuit Refugee Service Director Fr Aloysius Mowe sj. He then examines the voices and the truths that swirl around the issue of refugees and asylum seekers.

Tuesday, 17 July 2012 14:23

Christmas Island

Sr Dorothy Bayliss rsc offers a glimpse of life at Christmas Island and a chance for us to hear the cries of refugees in detention.

Tuesday, 05 June 2012 12:53

Refugee Week 2012

Refugee Week, from 17 to 23 June, is an opportunity for Australians to grow in solidarity with refugees and give them hope.

Thursday, 31 May 2012 09:34

Dying to live in Australia

Refugees and asylum seekers should not be neglected on our watch, but should be given instead special access to our energies and love, says the Associate Director of Jesuit Refugee Service Australia, Dr Maryanne Loughry rsm.

Peace Matters: A Journey of Life, Love and Loss is an evening of transcendent music from John Lander and Matthew Field on Saturday, 31 March at St Joseph's Church, cnr of Rouse & Stokes Streets, Port Melbourne.

Tuesday, 24 January 2012 09:24

Conversations with refugees

refugeesAs part of their Sunday Circle series, the Loreto Sisters are holding a conversation session with recent asylum seekers from 3.30-5.30pm, Sunday 26 February at the Treacy Centre, 126 The Avenue, Parkville in Melbourne.

Wednesday, 26 October 2011 14:36

Report exposes risks of mandatory detention

mandatory detention imageCRA’s Justice Network supports a new report which urges Australians to consider the long-term consequences of asylum policies in our country.

Tuesday, 11 October 2011 17:35

Asylum seeker health report launch

A report on the long-term health costs of extended mandatory detention of asylum seekers will be launched in Melbourne at 11am today, 12 October at St Brigid's Church Hall, 378 Nicholson St, North Fitzroy.

Tuesday, 27 September 2011 14:41

From refugees to missionary Sisters

OLSH Sisters at Melbourne conventThe life stories of Theresa Vu and Huyen Nguyen are emblematic of many Vietnamese migrants who are called to religious life, writes Dan McAloon. 

Monday, 05 September 2011 14:21

CRA endorses new approach to asylum seekers

Following last week's historic High Court ruling that declared the Malaysia refugee swap deal invalid, CRA has joined with Australia’s community sector to call on the Australian Government to abandon the current fixation with offshore ‘solutions’, and to establish a just and humane approach to Australia’s response to people seeking asylum. To read the statement and to add your name click on read more.

Thursday, 04 August 2011 04:04

Reflecting on Australia and refugees

Father Aloysius Mowe SJ, Director of Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) Australia reflects on Australians' irrational fear of the 'other' and the Malaysian 'solution'.

Thursday, 04 August 2011 03:39

Reflections on Christmas Island

Marist Father Jim Carty reflects on the lives lost in the waters off Christmas Island and a makeshift memorial of rocks and stones erected in their honour.

Thursday, 04 August 2011 02:55

‘Kids out of detention’ welcomed

Australian Religious have welcomed the Gillard Government's October 18, 2011 announcement that children and vulnerable families will be moved out of immigration detention centres into community-based accommodation.

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