During the Christmas season as we fix our gaze on the Holy Family, we can easily see in them today’s refugees who share the Holy Family’s experience of rejection. During the season of Lent, as we gaze upon the many rejected and exploited migrants and refugees of our world, do… Read More »Rejecting the Holy Family
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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.
The Australian Catholic Bishops’ Conference Delegate for Migrants and Refugees, Bishop Gerard Hanna, has spoken out against the axing of funding for legal assistance to asylum seekers. “Whenever a person’s life is threatened, it is just and fair that they should be able to make a valid application for protection.… Read More »Asylum Seekers Need Legal Advice: Australian Bishops
The Catholic Bishops Conference of Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands expressed their condolences to the family of the asylum seeker killed on Manus Island and reiterated their opposition to Australia’s offshore processing of asylum seekers in Papua New Guinea: “Detaining people against their will in PNG, even if it… Read More »PNG- SI Bishops Speak out on Manus Death
Bishop Gerard Hanna, the Australian Catholic Bishops’ Delegate for Migrants and Refugees expressed deep sadness at the death of an asylum seeker detained on Manus Island. A riot at the Australian funded offshore detention facility left dozens of other asylum seekers injured. The Australian Catholic Migrant and Refugee Office called… Read More »Australian Bishop Mourns Asylum Seeker Death
How would you describe the requirements of basic human solidarity? How would you like to be treated if you were a stranger or seeking protection?
Bishop Christopher Saunders, Chair of the Australian Catholic Social Justice Council, denounced the Australia government’s asylum seeker policy as “a campaign of cruelty”. He called for compassion and international cooperation. When you read about asylum seekers, what is your first instinct – to protect your own way of life, or… Read More »Bishop Saunders: Asylum Seekers Need Protection & Security