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Refugees and Asylum Seekers

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Sr Jane Keogh csbOn Monday, 10 November 2014, Brigidine Sister Jane Keogh joined other Christian leaders in a prayer vigil in Senator Zed Seselja's office to seek action against immigration detention of children. Sr Jane is the fourth religious sister to join prayer vigil protests of "Love Makes A Way" across the country.

Villawood 2014The Federal Government looks set to succeed in its bid to bring back temporary visas for people seeking asylum in Australia. Such visas will once again condemn people to insecurity and uncertainty. Send a letter to Federal Members of Parliament to urge them to oppose the TPV legislation.

JRS logo150Jesuit Refugee Service Australia recently released a paper calling upon the Australian government to help establish an agreement that will ensure governments share the burden of displacement and provide safe pathways for 8.4 million displaced people currently living in the Asia-Pacific region.

Villawood 2014Let us keep praying, engaging in advocacy, supporting those visiting the detention centres and engaging in conversation with our neighbours and work colleagues who may not realise the gravity of the situation.


Fr Bruce Duncan cssr150Redemptorist Father Bruce Duncan makes a case for urgent, humane and long term solutions for refugee processing, highlighting the appalling conditions of refugees and asylum seekers, especially the suffering of children in immigration detention centres.

Sr Jan Barnett rsj in protestSister Jan Barnett rsj, Justice Coordinator of the Sisters of St Joseph, was among six protesters arrested for holding a prayer vigil to highlight the plight of children in immigration detention, reports 9News.

nationallamentpp 150View a visual report of CRA's National Lament campaign which culminated in a Week of Prayer. Later came the launch of the "Free the Children" campaign of the Australian Coalition to End the Immigration Detention of Children

ACU Exhibition InviteTwo Sydney events in August 2014 offer learning opportunities in the areas of human rights advocacy, refugees and child immigration detention.

Villawood 2014CRA's National Lament campaign culminated in a Week of Prayer in early June, with groups gathered in prayer outside detention centres, churches and communities. This was followed by mobilising support for "Free the Children" campaign of the Australian Coalition to End the Immigration Detention of Children (ACEIDC).

Tuesday, 10 June 2014 15:52

Free the children

ACEIDC logoCatholic Religious Australia is a member of the Australian Coalition to End the Immigration Detention of Children (ACEIDC). From June 11-15 the ACEIDC is hosting a positive, public action outside Sydney's Queen Victoria Building.

Tuesday, 03 June 2014 10:02

McAuley opens fifth refuge

McAuley logo150McAuley Community Services for Women, a ministry of the Mercy Sisters, has opened its fifth refuge for women and their children in Melbourne, adding to the extensive range of services and accommodation for women and their children who are homeless, or at risk of homelessness, reports McAuley News.

cross candles150Catholic Religious Australia invites you to participate in the National Lament Week of Prayer from Ascension Sunday June 1 to Pentecost Sunday June 8.

JRS logo150Jesuit Refugee Service Australia in partnership with The Wayside Chapel will mount a photo exhibition chronicling the resilience of refugees and the hospitality of their host countries to be launched on 18 June during World Refugee Week.

refugees forever 150This second part of the CRA National Lament Campaign will occur during the first week of June involving prayer and symbolic action to stand in solidarity with people seeking asylum in Australia.

JIT CLRIThe Conference of Leaders of Religious Institutes in NSW or CLRI(NSW) recently published a helpful resource entitled "What's being done in your name?" in the recent edition of Just in Time to shed some light on current Australian refugee policy which is currently shrouded by a full scale media blackout.

Wednesday, 30 April 2014 21:37

JRS begins new work with refugees in Nauru

Sr Dorothy Bayliss rsc 150Sister Dorothy Bayliss rsc takes on the role of community liaison worker for Jesuit Refugee Service Australia (JRS) to support refugees in Nauru by working with the Catholic Church and other Christian churches and organisations to find ways to integrate and support the refugees upon their release from the Offshore Processing Centre.

PalmSunday2014The Palm Sunday Rallies across Australia emphasised the need to continue our prayer and action on behalf of people seeking asylum in Australia.

refugees forever 150Palm Sunday rallies in support of refugees will be held in Brisbane, Adelaide, Canberra, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney, starting on Saturday 12 April in Brisbane.

Thursday, 03 April 2014 08:54

Palm Sunday rally and march

Palm sunday rallyJoin us at the Palm Sunday Rally and March for peace on 13 April 2014 in Sydney to advocate for peace, equality and recognition of the rights of refugees.

Monday, 17 March 2014 23:04

National Lament and march for peace

Palm Sunday Sydney 2014 150We thank everyone for the broad support we have received for the National Lament, CRA's Lenten campaign for refugees and asylum seekers. Apart from sending a letter to your local Member of Parliament, you can also take action by participating in peace marches during Palm Sunday across Australia.

Thursday, 27 February 2014 11:14

National Lament

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In response to Pope Francis' words, "We are a society which has forgotten how to weep", Catholic Religious Australia is inviting you to participate in a “National Lament” - a campaign of prayer, penance and action for people seeking asylum in Australia.

Tuesday, 25 February 2014 11:51

Support surge for refugees

CRAL logo 150Catholic Religious Australia’s criticism of the Federal Government’s latest policies on asylum seekers has drawn a wave of support, leading to a special Lenten program in support of asylum seekers, reports The Catholic Leader.

Fr Edmond Nixon cssr150Governments are duty-bound to make a response to the challenge of displaced citizens who seek refuge in Australia, but they also have the obligation of making a just response, writes Redemptorist Father Edmond Nixon.

Sr Annette Cunliffe rsc 150CRA President Sister Annette Cunliffe rsc writes to parliamentarians about CRA's support of the Refugee Council of Australia's letter, "Joint appeal to the Prime Minister about the use of the term ‘illegal maritime arrivals’".

Sunday, 18 August 2013 17:26

Tireless refugee advocate recognised

Josephite Sister Pat Sealey recently received the Joy Noble Award, the highest recognition given to an individual volunteer in South Australia for her tireless commitment to help refugees establish their legal status and make a new life in Australia. Jenny Brinkworth writes how Sr Pat is giving today's most vulnerable people an Australian welcome and fair go.

The President of Australia’s Human Rights Commission, Emeritus Professor Gillian Triggs, will be a special guest of the Sisters of the Good Samaritan at an event in Sydney on August 27 that aims to separate the facts from the myths about asylum seekers and refugees.

Wednesday, 19 June 2013 14:31

End immigration detention of children

CRA has joined with several other groups to form the Australian Coalition to End Immigration Detention of Children. The Justice Network urges you to take action in several ways.

Wednesday, 12 June 2013 09:05

The journey starts with hope

Refugee Week, held this year from 16-22 June, has the theme "Restoring Hope". Highlighting this year's celebration is all the more crucial, with the Syrian refugee crisis at historic levels. 

Saturday, 20 April 2013 15:19

Would You Wait a Lifetime?

The 2013 Edmund Rice Public Address on 2 May in Adelaide will feature Melbourne barrister Jessie Taylor who will focus on Australia's current refugee policy which will result in UNCHR refugees waiting 40 to 60 years in Indonesia before resettlement in Australia.

Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) Australia views with concern the campaign of vilification and misinformation recently launched by the Coalition Immigration Spokesman, Scott Morrison, against asylum seekers in the community.

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