Refugees and Asylum Seekers
Brigidine 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.
As 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.
The 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.
CRA 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.
An outcome of the 15 October 2015 meeting in Canberra between interfaith leaders and politicians on refugee and asylum seeker policy is a cross-party, interfaith taskforce. Among its initiatives is an open letter to politicians that appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald on the 28th of November urging them to release children from detention for Christmas.
Twelve church leaders, who met in Brisbane on Friday, 20 November are calling on the new leader in Australia to show leadership when it comes to discussing the people seeking asylum at Christmas Island, and an put end to the secrecy and dehumanising language used.
A new survey by Catholic Religious Australia (CRA) has confirmed the high levels of support provided by religious congregations to refugee and asylum seekers in Australia, which fly in the face of fears these people are a burden on the taxpayer, with their needs being met through concerted localised support.