Refugees and Asylum Seekers
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.
In 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.
An 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.
CRA'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.
Thousands 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.
More 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.