When allowing or not allowing people to cross the frontiers into our countries, or to enter our cultures, communities, or personal lives, do we effectively judge some people to be useless, out of place or disposable? People are not things to be used. Everyone has a place in the human… Read More »Church without Frontiers
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Catholic Social Teaching Quotes on Refugees
Find out about Catholic Social Teaching on refugees, asylum seekers, displaced persons, and other people on the move. These quotes come from the Popes, and from individual Bishops and Bishops Conferences of the Asia Pacific region.
You can find a general overview of Catholic Social Teaching on refugees and asylum seekers here.
Pope Francis has appealed to the whole international community to develop new legal and secure forms of migration. He rejects the view that the large movements of people today are circumstantial or due to isolated emergencies and argues that migration is a sign of the times. He made a special… Read More »Making Migration Secure
The Director of the Australian Catholic Migrant & Refugee Office has responded to reports of Tamil asylum seekers being intercepted at sea and handed over to the Sri Lankan navy by reminding the Australian Government of its duty to respect the principle of non-refoulement. Read more below [gview file=”https://social-spirituality.net/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/ACMRO-Media-Release-Process-asylum-claims-3-July-2014.pdf”].
Bishop Gerard Hanna, Australian Catholic Bishops Conference Delegate for Migrant and Refugees, has called for a thorough review of Australia’s refugee and asylum seeker policies. The Australian Catholic Migrant and Refugee Office believes that an independent report into events leading to the brutal death of Reza Barati in immigration detention… Read More »Policy Putting Lives at Risk
The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference has issued a statement pleading with those in Government and the whole Australian community to have respect for the rights of asylum seekers. They denounce current policies as ‘institutionalised cruelty’, ask for an examination of conscience concerning racism and for an end to the dehumanisation… Read More »Australian Bishops Plea: Respect Asylum Seekers’ Rights
Bishop Gerard Hanna has criticised the Australian government’s efforts to resettle in Cambodia those asylum seekers found to be refugees after having been intercepted at sea by Australia and sent to have their claims assessed in Nauru. “If the Australian Government is serious about expanding resettlement opportunities in the Asia-Pacific… Read More »Australian Bishop – Don’t Shift Resettlement Responsibility