Refugees and Asylum Seekers
The Arrupe Place project of Jesuit Refugee Service Australia (JRS) has been awarded the "Exceptional Community Partnership in a LGA" at the 2016 Zest Awards presented at ANZ Stadium, Olympic Park on February 24, according to a report on the JRS website.
"Asylum seekers should never be used as pawns in defence of Australia's borders," said Marcelle Mogg, CEO Catholic Social Services Australia (CSSA), who called on Australians to urge political leaders to abandon their current stance of using vulnerable people as a deterrent to others and create immigration policies that uphold the rights and dignity of people seeking asylum.
Why mince words in the face of the intentional brutality being inflicted by Australia on asylum-seekers, including children, imprisoned in our offshore detention centres? Marist Father Jim Carty reflects on our complicity in immigration detention of children and social sin.
Following the High Court's decision upholding the legality of offshore detention, the Sisters of the Good Shepherd in Australia have written to the Prime Minister to express deep concern for the wellbeing and ongoing care of asylum seekers and refugees who have been in Australia for medical assistance.
In a clear sign of solidarity, Josephites have joined with churches and other religious congregations to offer sanctuary to asylum seekers facing deportation to Nauru.
Following the Australian High Court's dismissal of a challenge to the legality of offshore detention, Catholic groups in alliance with other organisations have denounced the government's plans to return 267 vulnerable people seeking asylum to Nauru and offered support for those seeking church sanctuary.
In an award ceremony in New York, Jesuit Refugee Service USA honours the work of Sister Denise Coghlan, a Mercy Sister from Brisbane, who has served the displaced in Cambodia for the past 25 years and founded JRS Cambodia, according to a news report on the congregation website.