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REFUGEE supporters in Brisbane have welcomed the government’s decision to move a baby asylum seeker into a  community detention, but will fight the plan to move her offshore. Immigration minister Peter Dutton announced at a press conference last week Baby Asha would be allowed to stay in a Brisbane community detention facility. But Baby Asha, who was born in Australia ... Read More »

Manus teacher recalls asylum seekers’ despair

Former Manus Island teacher Jacob Rice

ASYLUM seekers on Manus Island have told one of their former English teachers they would prefer death than their indefinite sentence in detention.  Jacob Rice worked as a fly-in, fly-out maths and English teacher at the Manus Island immigration detention centre for nine months between December last year and August this year. “They tell me that they’re praying for death,” ... Read More »

Brisbane parishes primed to welcome Syrian refugees

Brisbane refugees

THE minute former Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced Australia would accept extra refugees from Syria, Catholic bishops, priests, parishes and individuals started raising their hands to say “We’ll help”. Archbishop Mark Coleridge was among the first, on behalf of the people of Brisbane archdiocese. By the time Archbishop Coleridge announced last weekend the archdiocese would aim to welcome at least ... Read More »

Brisbane archdiocese to care for 100 Syrian refugee families

Syrians in danger

By Michael Crutcher  BRISBANE Archbishop Mark Coleridge says “the Gospel of Jesus Christ demands” that the archdiocese resettles at least 100 refugee families devastated by fighting in Syria. Archbishop Coleridge last week issued a letter to the archdiocese outlining his hope that Brisbane could join the national effort to resettle 12,000 refugees “I want to galvanise all the resources of ... Read More »

St Vincent de Paul Society will welcome Syrian refugees

Syrian refugees

  AUSTRALIA’S largest Catholic volunteer organisation has vowed to help the nation’s increased intake of persecuted Syrians find a safe haven in their newfound home.   The St Vincent de Paul Society National Council of Australia welcomed the recent government’s decision to accept a further 12,000 refugees from Syria, confirmed yesterday.   The society’s chief executive Dr John Falzon said ... Read More »

Australian Melkite bishop makes plea on behalf of people of Syria

Syrian refugees

By Peter Bugden A LEADER of Melkite Catholics in Australia has urged the Church to pressure Western governments to help solve the crisis in Syria and Iraq at its source. Bishop Robert Rabbat, leader of the Melkite eparchy of Australia and New Zealand, said Islamic State militants were “getting money and weapons from somewhere” and governments of the West should ... Read More »

Pope asks parishes to accept refugee families

Syrian refugees

POPE Francis is calling on all European parishes and religious communities to take in one refugee family, as the United Nations recognises the record number of people trying to enter Europe, mostly from Syria, Eritrea and Afghanistan. “Every parish, every religious community, every monastery, every sanctuary of Europe, take in one family,” the Pope requested, after praying the midday Angelus ... Read More »

Assyrian Christians released, but many concerned for those still held

Iraqi Christians

CHRISTIANS in the Middle East welcomed the release of nearly 20 Assyrian Christians abducted by Islamic State militants in north-eastern Syria, but expressed concern that more than 200 others remained in captivity. “I can confirm the release of 19 persons (17 men and two women) who were captured by the Islamic State in the Khabur region,” Fr Emanuel Youkhana, who ... Read More »

Funding running out for Iraqi refugees in Jordan

Iraqi Christian child

A CATHOLIC official warned that funding will soon run out to feed and house thousands of Iraqi Christians who are sheltering in Jordan after being made homeless by Islamic State militants. Syriac Catholic Father Noor Alqasmosa, who is charged with helping the refugees, told Catholic News Service the funding situation was desperate, as the chances for many to restart a ... Read More »

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