Refugees and Asylum Seekers
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.
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.