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ACMRO News May 2016

Pope Francis' meeting with refugee children.

On the 28th of May 2016, Pope Francis has held meeting with hundreds of children at the Vatican.  In attendance was a Nigerian boy named Osayande, who was taken in by an Italian family as his parents had drowned during their journey.

The meeting on Saturday followed a surge in refugee traffic.  Pope Francis has repeatedly sought to underscore the plight of these people, especially the hundreds of thousands who have risked their lives to come to Europe in flimsy boats.


National Refugee Week 2016.

Australia annually celebrates Refugee Week with a week-long of events such as concerts, fundraisers, film screenings and more.  The celebration focuses on the awareness of the challenges that refugees encounter, their positive contribution to the Australian society as well as better understanding between communities. The Refugee Council of Australia has chosen the theme “With courage let us combine” for the Refugee Week in Australia for 2015 to 2017.  This annual activity celebrates the bravery of refugees and of people who voice against persecution and injustice.


Bishop Vincent Long Van Nguyen appointed Bishop of the Diocese of Parramatta.

On 5 May 2016, the Holy Father, Pope Francis, has appointed Bishop Vincent Long Van Nguyen, OFM, Conv, fourth Bishop of the Diocese of Paramatta.  Bishop Long has been the Bishop Delegate for Migrants and Refugees since 2015. 
The Australian Catholic Migrant and Refugee Office (ACMRO) has extended to Bishop Long its sincerest and prayerful congratulations on this very happy occasion and entrust his person and his ministry to the intercession of the Mother of God whose memory, in the Catholic Church,  is particularly significant during the month of May.


ACMRO Newly Designed Website.

The Australian Catholic Migrant and Refugee Office (ACMRO) has officially announced the launch of its newly designed website. 
The new website features a delicate combination of cool and neutral colours with uncluttered design. The intention is to give users a better quality experience by making the new website faster, easy to navigate and easier to update so ACMRO could share news with its audience as soon as possible. 
The goal of ACMRO is to provide its visitors and users with clear and accurate information and help them navigate in this confusing world of technologies. The new website offers a great amount of helpful resources that are located on the main navigation of every page.  The different types of resources included under this menu will be updated on a regular basis.
ACMRO anticipate that visitors find the brand new website easy to use, organized and useful. For feedback and observation, ACMRO can be notified by sending an email at
Visitors and users can browse the new website in this link

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