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Vicar General of Darwin urges Prime Minister for an Amnesty

In an open letter written on 19 July 2021, the Vicar General of the Catholic Diocese of Darwin, Father Malcolm P. Fyfe msc, urged the Prime Minister to cease Australia’s cruel policies towards people seeking protection by boat and to consider an amnesty for those still in detention. For more details click here.

Australia’s Catholic Bishops Call for Detainees to be Resettled in Australia

Australia’s Catholic bishops have joined the bishops of Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands in calling for detainees on Manus Island and Nauru to be resettled in Australia – eight years after the advent of mandatory offshore detention. Read the full statement here.

Catholic Bishops call for freedom and a home for those detained on Manus and Nauru

On the 8th anniversary of the Australian Parliament legislating mandatory offshore detention for people seeking asylum arriving by boat after 19 July 2013 and barring them from ever settling in Australia, Fr Giorgio Lincini (General Secretary of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands) has called on the Australian Government give those who have been detained in Manus and Nauru since then their freedom and a home in Australia. Read the full letter here.

High Court Betrays the most vulnerable

Australia is now so morally bankrupt, so lacking in common decency and justice that a former judge of the High Court – the same court that just agreed to let asylum seekers be returned to persecution and death – implored law students to do the work their leaders refuse to do.  High Court, Justice McHugh told a group of law students. Read more…

150 Days of Action for Refugees and Asylum Seekers launches

On 1 May 2021, the Feast of St Joseph the Worker, the 150 Days of Action Campaign for Refugees and Asylum Seekers under the title of St. Joseph the Refugee was launched at St. Mary MacKillop Place in North Sydney. Auxiliary Bishop of Sydney Terry Brady joined with 100 representatives from parishes, schools, refugee advocates and members of the Josephite Justice Network for the launch. Read more…

Refugees Deserve Justice – Palm Sunday Rally 2021

I never want to go to another Palm Sunday rally again. Over the last two decades – with a brief respite during the heady days of national compassion, or indifference, from 2007 to 2012 – I have been to almost every such rally. The numbers tend to ebb and wane depending largely on the media cycle. Read more…

Sydney Catholics Re-connect and plan to support Refugees

On the 27th of March Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) Australia organised the first meeting of Catholic parish and schools leaders from across Greater Sydney to plan for welcoming, protecting, promoting, and integrating refugees and people seeking safety in 2021. Read more…