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Refugees and Asylum Seekers

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sosj logo 150In a clear sign of solidarity, Josephites have joined with churches and other religious congregations to offer sanctuary to asylum seekers facing deportation to Nauru.

soc justice statement 2015 cvrFollowing 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.

Monday, 11 January 2016 09:42

The Year of Mercy and migrants-refugees

soc justice statement 2015 cvrIn celebrating the Year of Mercy in the East Asia-Oceania region, we can also ponder our response to the migrant and refugee crisis in our own countries, said Salesian Father Vaclav Klement.

Monday, 14 December 2015 17:00

JRS USA recognises Sister Denise Coghlan rsm

Sr Denise Coghlan at workIn 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.

Sr Jane Keogh csb2Brigidine Sister Jane Keogh is holding a peaceful protest in front of Parliament House for the 26 days leading up to Christmas to show solidarity with asylum seekers and refugees in detention, reports the Canberra Times.

handshake welcomeAs the Year of Mercy begins, Catholic Religious Australia (CRA) offers a prayer for use in liturgical celebrations for the 3rd Sunday of Advent (and beyond) to intercede for children in immigration detention.

Sr Brigid on The ProjectThe Brigidine Asylum Seekers Project (BASP), run by the Brigidine Sisters, that took children in immigration detention on outings has been deemed "not appropriate" by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, reports the ABC.

lovemakesaway claude grp 150CRA Justice Network co-ordinator Fr Claude Mostowik msc was arrested and removed from the premises with eight other Christians after a peaceful sit-in at Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s electoral office in Edgecliff to call for the end of child detention, reports The Catholic Weekly.