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Papua New Guinea senior priest Fr Giorgio Licini says country’s ‘humanitarian crisis’ is intensifying

A SENIOR priest in Papua New Guinea has turned to Australia seeking compassion for refugees and asylum seekers languishing in our nation’s off-shore detention system. Catholic Bishops Conference of Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands general secretary Fr Giorgio Licini has been in Australia in recent weeks pressing the case for an end to what he calls “a humanitarian crisis”. ... Read More »

Offshore detention ‘has not been a success’, refugee advocate says as thousands rally for refugees

CATHOLIC leaders have denounced Australia’s tough offshore detention policy as thousands of people rallied in capital cities last weekend, calling for the release of about 800 refugees and asylum seekers remaining on Manus Island and Nauru. “As a bishop and a former boat person, I deplore the detention of our brothers and sisters,” chair of the Australian Catholic Bishops’ Commission ... Read More »

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 »

Australian bishops urge action over 600 asylum seekers fearing for their life on Manus

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AMID public protests, vigils and picketing of politician’s offices, the Catholic Church and United Nations are spearheading criticism of the Australian Government over its handling of asylum seekers on Manus Island. The future of about 600 men left on Manus remains in limbo after their refusal to leave the processing centre amid fears for their safety. The PNG Supreme Court ... Read More »

Jesuit priest Fr Frank Brennan says if US deal falls through, resettling refugees on Manus and Nauru into Australia only ‘credible option’

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IF United States President-elect Donald Trump decides not to honour an agreement to accept refugees from Nauru and Manus Island then they should be settled permanently in Australia, Jesuit theologian and lawyer Fr Frank Brennan says. Fr Brennan made the assertion during a talk he gave in Brisbane on November 29 to mark the 45th anniversary of the Justice in ... Read More »

Queensland couple told toddler Cal can stay in Australia until January

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THE Brisbane guardians of a toddler born on Manus Island have been told he can stay in Australia until at least next January. It’s a temporary reprieve for two-year-old Mackalistair So-On, who was left by his biological mother and father in the care of Karen and Craig Wells during a trip to Brisbane last year. The couple has been fighting ... Read More »

Catholics were reading the leaked Nauru Files in public when the Senate proposed an Inquiry into the document

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CATHOLIC refugee advocates including a Dominican priest who last week delivered public readings of the Nauru Files say a Senate inquiry into the leaked document needs to demand closure of the camps. During a 10-hour reading of more than 2000 reports outside the Department of Immigration and Border Protection in Brisbane on September 12, the Upper House passed a motion ... Read More »

Asylum seekers on Manus Island write letters of hope to their former teacher

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REFUGEES in the Manus Island detention facility have written to a former teacher to express their joy after Papua New Guinea officials announced the centre would be closed. Catholic teacher Jacob Rice received “messages of jubilation” from his former students on the island when a Supreme Court ruling declared the immigration detention centre illegal. “I have received messages of jubilation and ... Read More »

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