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The Pope’s message of mercy is eluding our leaders

IN Italy, about 5700 people were pulled to safety last weekend as they attempted the perilous journey across the Mediterranean Sea.  On the same weekend, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced proposed tough legislation banning any person arriving in Australia by boat from mid-July 2013, from ever entering the country. From one side of the world to the other, the ... Read More »

Catholics plea for Manus refugees in ‘soul-destroying limbo’

  REFUGEE rights advocate and Catholic mother Michelle McDonald is standing by to welcome some of the 854 men detained in an off-shore detention centre that is set to close. Ms McDonald, who is an organising committee member with Christian advocacy group Love Makes a Way, was among hundreds of Catholics celebrating the small win for refugees on Manus Island ... Read More »

St Paul’s reaching out to help refugees settle into Australia

A SIGN at the entrance to Logan’s St Paul’s parish and school says “Welcome” in 13 languages. It is a hub for new arrivals from every continent – those looking for a spiritual home and a place for their children to start a new education.  They include refugee families and asylum seekers on temporary bridging visas. “St Paul’s is the ... Read More »

Look on asylum seekers with compassion

Generosity urged for asylum seekers

CATHOLICS have been called upon to look on asylum seekers with compassion and mercy “in the spirit of Christmas”. Australian Catholic Migrant and Refugee Office director Fr Maurizio Pettenà said this year more than 6000 asylum seekers would spend Christmas in immigration detention facilities. Australian Catholic Bishops Delegate for Migrants and Refugees Bishop Gerard Hanna said “while (Government) policy is ... Read More »

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