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Three cases of self harm in two days on Manus Island prompts letter to PNG Prime Minister

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A LETTER penned by the Papua New Guinea and Solomon Island’s Bishops Conference general secretary Fr Giorgio Licini has called for the closure of Manus Island detention centre.  The letter comes as the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award was awarded to Manus Island refugee Behrouz Boochani. Mr Boochani’s novel, No Friend But the Mountains: Writing from Manus Prison, won Australia’s most ... Read More »

Cooking up a fresh start – New bakery offering refugee chef a chance to begin again

By Mark Bowling  A REFUGEE chef from war-torn Syria is working towards a fresh start in Australia by sharing his culinary skills and culture at a new bakery-cafe south of Brisbane. After fleeing Aleppo with his young Catholic family two years ago, George Tabbakh, a third-generation baker, is now making Lebanese bread and Middle Eastern treats in suburban Underwood, with ... Read More »

Students welcome migrants to the classroom for cultural exchange

Shindano Ecanga and St Mary's students

ST Mary’s Primary School, Ipswich, invited a group of adult English learners from TAFE Queensland’s Ipswich campus to share their life experience and practise their English skills. The students aimed to make Jesus real as they welcomed the visitors into their school and enhanced their learning about current migration trends shaping Australian society. The TAFE students came from a broad ... Read More »

Priest leading national support for refugees, migrants says parishes need to ‘hear their cry’

Fr Maurizio Pettena

FR Maurizio Pettena firmly believes the key to welcoming migrants and refugees into parish life is listening to their stories. “Let’s be attentive to details,” Fr Pettena, director of the Australian Catholic Migrant and Refugee Office said, launching the 104th World Day of Migrants and Refugees to be held on Sunday, August 26. “Hear their cry – where they come ... Read More »

Vinnies tutoring program helps refugees embrace new life in Australia

VoRTCS tutors and refugee student Salim

A GROUP of complete strangers from Brisbane have become the lifeline for a refugee family of seven who escaped their war-ravaged country three years ago. Fifteen-year-old Salim, his mother and five siblings left their home country of Somalia, which has been marred by an ongoing civil war, and arrived in Australia as refugees in what Salim said was a search ... Read More »

Wooloowin students knitting hope for refugees

Holy Cross, Wooloowin students yarnbombing

HOLY Cross School, Wooloowin, has joined the yarn-bombing phenomena in support of refugees and asylum seekers. A colourful yarn-bombing art piece was “installed” on a tall ghost gum tree on the school’s front lawn to the delight of students. Titled Safe Harbour, the piece depicts a tumultuous ocean with a lighthouse providing welcome and refuge for people displaced because of ... Read More »

All Hallows’ graduate shocked by refugee visa process starts charity to support child asylum seekers

Rory McGahan

SEEING asylum seekers struggle to fill out a “deliberately impossible” visa application has motivated a Catholic school graduate to give child refugees a better chance at staying in Australia. All Hallows’ School graduate from 2014, Rory McGahan, is the co-founder of The Unknown Project, a new Brisbane-based initiative that sells wrapped second-hand books to buy school resources for young asylum ... Read More »

Agencies in Toowoomba help warm refugees this winter

coat rack campaign

CATHOLIC agencies and ministries in Toowoomba have joined a campaign to help migrants and refugees in the area keep warm during winter. Catholic Care Social Services, Toowoomba Refugee and Migrant Support and Mercy Community Services partnered with Multicultural Development Australia (MDA Ltd) Toowoomba for the “Toowoomba Coat Rack” campaign. Winter can be a tough season for many people who are ... Read More »

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