Refugees and Asylum Seekers
Despite 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.
Hundreds 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.
Resources 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.
Despite 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.
What 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.
The 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.
Sister 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.