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Refugees and Asylum Seekers

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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.

smh ad150An 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.

acrt logoTwelve 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.

CRAL logo 150A 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.

Thursday, 29 October 2015 11:58

Children in detention digital resource kit

asrc kids outThe Redemptorists have produced a digital resource kit to advocate for the end of child detention which can be used beyond Children's Week and the Day of Solidarity on 29 October 2015.

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.

Friday, 18 September 2015 11:47

Denying asylum seekers a fair go

Fr Aloysius Mowe sj150Australia has put itself at risk of breaching the principle of non-refoulement, simply by transferring asylum seekers to Papua New Guinea in the first place: by transferring asylum seekers to a country where it knows due process cannot be guaranteed, writes JRS Director Fr Aloysius Mowe sj.

soc justice statement 2015 cvrAt the launch of the Australian Catholic Bishops' 2015-2016 Social Justice Statement, Bishop Vincent Long, Chairman of the Australian Catholic Social Justice Council, welcomed the announcement that Australia will accept 12,000 more refugees.

Thursday, 10 September 2015 10:08

Vigil for those seeking asylum in our land

candles150Australia's religious leaders are meeting with political leaders in Canberra on 15 October 2015 to express their concern for refugees. Before this meeting, Australians are invited to a prayer vigil on 12 October at the Mary MacKillop Chapel in North Sydney or post a prayer online.

rca logoA report from the Refugee Council of Australia (RCA) explores concerns on policies and practices that undermine the successful settlement of people from refugee backgrounds which poses significant obstacles to community cohesion.

Tuesday, 01 September 2015 10:02

Welcoming migrants and refugees

Sr Esmey Herscovitch rscjThe Catholic Church in Australia celebrates Migrant & Refugee Sunday on the last Sunday in August. Sister Esmey Herscovitch rscj marked Migrant & Refugee Sunday 2015 by reflecting on the readings for the day. She asks “Where are our hearts?”

acrt logoDespite the abuses inflicted on people in refugee detention centres managed by Transfield Services in Nauru and Manus Island, the company has been rewarded, not punished, with another 5-year contract, says the Australian Churches’ Refugee Taskforce Vice Chair Sister Brigid Arthur.

Kidz4KidzTimely video and teaching resources are available to highlight the plight of refugees this month with a student group's video on children in detention going viral last week.

Tuesday, 11 August 2015 12:20

Families kept apart

Adelaide male refugees150Hundreds of male asylum seekers living in Adelaide on bridging visas are facing an endless wait to reunite with their families under Australian Government policies described by Mercy House of Welcome coordinator Meredyth Taylor as "deliberately punitive" and causing mental health problems from separation, writes Rebecca DiGirolamo.

Tuesday, 11 August 2015 11:14

2015 Migrant and Refugee Week

Migrant and Refugee Kit Poster150Resources from the Australian Catholic Migrant and Refugee Office (ACMRO) are now available in a kit which includes Pope Francis' Message for the 101st World Day of Migrants, a message from Bishop Vincent Long Van Nguyen, himself a refugee, and homily notes and prayers of the faithful for use on Migrant and Refugee Sunday, 30 August 2015.

Wednesday, 05 August 2015 21:56

If you see something, say something

Fr Claude Mostowik msc 150Despite the wall of secrecy to prevent public scrutiny through the Australian Border Force Act, a growing chorus of voices condemns this law that is not about stopping the boats or protecting our borders but protecting politicians, writes CRA Justice Network Coordinator Fr Claude Mostowik msc.

Monday, 20 July 2015 09:51

Love makes a way

Sr Susan Connelly rsj 150What we are praying for when we pray for asylum seekers is that God will help them through you and me, through us. The sub-text of our prayer must be that we accept our shared humanity with boat people, with all the consequences of that truth, writes Sister Susan Connelly rsj.

refugees forever 150The Conference of Leaders of Religious Institutes or CLRI(NSW) has published a theological reflection on the situation of refugees and asylum seekers, particularly in the context of recent developments in legislation pertaining to the reporting of abuse in detention centres.

Tuesday, 30 June 2015 14:11

Q & A with Sr Brigid Arthur

Sr Brigid Arthur csbSister Brigid Arthur csb of the Brigidine Asylum Seeker Project talks to the newly formed Catholic Alliance for People Seeking Asylum (CAPSA) on the importance of building relationships and advocacy on behalf of refugees and asylum seekers.

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