“The new resettlement arrangements with Papua New Guinea are based on the premise that it is wrong for people fleeing from persecution to seek asylum in Australia” said Bishop Hanna “this is fundamentally untrue.” Read the statement from the Australian Catholic Migrant and Refugee Office here.
The Catholic Bishops of Papua New Guinea have rejected moves by the Parliament towards to banning other religions. Their spokesperson Father Giorgio Licini says “It is not by banning other faiths that we become more Christian.” Read more in this interview.
As politicians swing into election mode the Catholic Bishops of Australia are encouraging people not to vote according to self-interest but with a view to the common good. In their pastoral letter they draw attention to a range of issues such as respect for life, marriage and the family, child… Read More »Vote for the Common Good: Australian Bishops
Recently installed Archbishop Chong has called upon all people of faith and goodwill to unite and work together for the sake of peace and justice the lead up to the Fijian elections in 2014. Read more …
Archbishop Douglas Young of Mount Hagen, Papua New Guinea says that calls for the death penalty in response to widespread violence, especially against women and girls, is self-defeating. Instead he suggests: What has to happen? Support programs that will help young men to find employment, identity, and satisfaction in life.… Read More »PNG Archbishop Proposes Alternatives to the Death Penalty
Bishop Christopher Saunders, Chair of the Australian Catholic Social Justice Council, has issued a Pastoral Letter calling for social security allowances in Australia to be increased. Allowances for unemployed people and single parents are well below the poverty line. Bishop Saunders argues that adequate income support is a human right… Read More »Appeal for Adequate Social Security on the Feast of St Joseph the Worker