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Refugees and Asylum Seekers

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CRAL logo 150In a media release on 26 October, Catholic Religious Australia (CRA) welcomed the offer of trauma-related counselling and practical support from the Australian Bishops to Abyan and to other women in similar horrific situations and echoed the call for an end to refugee detention.

Monday, 19 October 2015 13:28

Seeking a better way forward

Canberra leaders 3 smallAn outcome of a meeting between Church leaders and Parliamentarians at Parliament House, organised by Catholic Religious Australia (CRA), is the establishment of a cross-party, interfaith taskforce to look at a better way forward for the treatment of refugees and asylum seekers, reports just Mercy.

14 Oct protest 150CRA's Justice Network Coordinator, Fr Claude Mostowik msc, was among a group of 25 protesters of the movement Love Makes A Way, taking part in a peaceful occupation of the Edgecliff electoral office of Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull last week to call for an end to refugee detention.

jumpforkids150Thousands of people have posted photos of themselves jumping to support a grassroots social media campaign to free children from immigration detention. Now the Jump Up & Down 4 Kids campaign has launched an anthem that is hoped to go viral, writes Jade Wittman.

Canberra leaders 2 smallMore than 50 leaders representing diverse faith groups met with Members and Senators at Parliament House, Canberra, calling on them to restore Australia’s standing as a compassionate nation by winding back policies negatively impacting on people escaping violence, persecution and death.

Tuesday, 13 October 2015 09:10

Prayer booklet for those seeking asylum

candles2If you missed the recent vigil for asylum seekers at Mary Mackillop Chapel, download the prayer booklet which can be used and adapted for your liturgy.

capsa campaign150The Catholic Alliance for People Seeking Asylum (CAPSA) calls for the government to stop putting people in harm’s way, with its campaign to bring people on Nauru and Manus Island to safety in Australia. Send an email to your MP to commit to doing better.

refugees forever 150Julian Burnside, Australian lawyer, author and human rights and refugee advocate, has written an account of Australia's offshore detention regime, the Pacific Solution, providing a context for discussion and advocacy for human rights.