Refugees and Asylum Seekers
Australians are invited to take part in Palm Sunday rallies or various walks for refugees across capital cities to oppose the Australian government's refugee policies and to collectively show support for people seeking asylum.
When it comes to asylum seekers, what would it mean for us in Australia to give until it hurts? If everything in the gospel tells us that we should not cling to our comforts and riches when others are in need, what then is God telling us to do when faced with asylum seekers coming to our shores, asks Fr Aloysius Mowe sj, Director of Jesuit Refugee Service.
Jesuit Refugee Service Australia says a report on asylum-seeking children in detention highlights the extreme failure of the government’s refugee and asylum policy, and presents an opportunity for long-overdue change.
Australian Missionaries of the Sacred Heart priest Father Adrian Meaney has returned with a heavy heart from a recent visit to Nauru, troubled by the cruel solutions the Australian Government offers to total strangers, writes Paul Dobbyn.
The closure of the Inverbrackie detention centre in the Adelaide Hills has affected hundreds of long-term volunteers, including Catholic parishioners, religious and clergy, who are continuing to support asylum seeker families now living in limbo in Darwin detention facilities and in the community.
The Australian Catholic Migrant and Refugee Office (ACMRO) is deeply disturbed at the unfolding events on Manus Island where close to 700 asylum seekers have embarked on a hunger strike and warns that protests will continue to occur on the island, according to a media release last week.
The Friends of Mercy Works Gathering held at Monte Sant' Angelo Mercy College was a time to thank partners, donors and volunteers sharing in the mission. It was also an opportunity to hear Raneem Alqysie talk about her journey with her family as refugees fleeing Iraq to her new life in Sydney, with an education enriched by the Mercy Connect program.
Catholic Religious Australia invites you to participate in the National Lament by joining small groups of people as a prayerful presence outside detention centres on the first week of December.