Australian Bishops Call for Time Limit on Asylum Seeker Detention
In a Message for Australia Day (26 January 2012) the Commission for Justice, Ecology and Development of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference has called for more compassionate treatment of asylum seekers. Four of the Bishops who signed this statement minister directly to asylum seekers in immigration detention centres located in their dioceses. They say...
Dalit Liberation Sunday
The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India note in their message for Dalit Liberation Sunday 2011 that Jesus of Nazareth was from a Dalit background. They call the whole Catholic community to act in solidarity with Dalits and to respect their human dignity. Here is the text of their Message for Dalit Liberation Sunday 2011
Australian Bishops’ Social Media Protocol
The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference’s social networking protocol encourages the use of new media for evangelisation. It stresses the importance of upholding human dignity in the virtual world. Read the protocol here.
Australian Church Welcomes Change in Asylum Policy
The Australian Catholic Migrant and Refugee Office (ACMRO) has welcomed changes which will allow asylum seekers who have arrived in Australia by boat to live in the community rather than immigration detention centres while their claims are assessed. ACMRO is an office of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference. Read their media release.
Indonesian Bishops Conference Statement on West Papua
Here is an unofficial translation of a statement by the Catholic Bishops Conference of Indonesia calling for an end to violence in Papua. It was issued on 17 November 2011. Indonesian Bishops Conference Statement on Papua November 2011