“Why should the Australian Government be frightened if New Zealand chooses to act with compassion?”
The Catholic Diocese of Auckland Justice and Peace Commission ask the Australian Government to let New Zealand resettle asylum seekers on Manus Island, Papua New Guinea.
Labelling the living conditions of the detainees a “violation of basic human dignity”, the Commission appeal for solidarity and compassion. In doing so they point to Pope Francis’ encouragement not to be afraid of refugees. Furthermore they affirm that Catholic teaching urges us to focus on the needs of the most vulnerable.
They urge the Australian government to accept New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s 1 November offer to take into New Zealand 150 refugees from the Manus Island detention camp.
Auckland Justice & Peace Commission Statement
Read their media release here: [gview file=”https://social-spirituality.net/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/manus-island-akl-catholic-jp-news-release-15nov17.pdf”].