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
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
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 Australian Catholic Bishops’ agency for people on the move, the Australian Catholic Migrant and Refugee Office, has produced a short pamphlet outlining key Church teachings on asylum and migration. Read it here.
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