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ACMRO News October 2016

Pope Francis Appeals for Peace in Iraq

After the Angelus on 23 October 2016, Pope Francis expressed his solidarity with the people of Iraq and in particular those in Mosul. He prayed for those in the city of Mosul in particular as '...hearts are shocked by the heinous acts of violence that for too long are being committed against innocent citizens...'.


ACBC Media Release: Its Time to Bring them Here

Statement in support of offshore detainees; By Archbishop Denis Hart, President, Australian Catholic Bishops Conference

One of the greatest crises of our day is the plight of people forced from their own countries by war, persecution or poverty and forced to live without a home, without safety and often separated from their families.

Pope Francis has called on Catholics to welcome such vulnerable people as our brothers and sisters. In Australia, we do not have to directly meet the responsibilities that many other nations bear. But we do bear the shame of the expulsion and harsh treatment of the people who sought our protection only to be detained on Nauru and Manus Island.

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CAPSA offers to lead coordinated approach to men, women and children seeking asylum

The Catholic Alliance for People Seeking Asylum (CAPSA) has offered to lead a coordinated approach of Catholic community organisations to provide support to men, women and children seeking asylum if the Australian Government shows leadership to #BringThemHere.

Ms Edwards welcomes Archbishop Denis Hart’s leadership in publicly calling for the people in detention on Nauru and Manus Island to be brought to Australia.

“Pope Francis has showed courage and in leadership in promoting compassion for people seeking asylum towards the Catholic community across the globe, and we are heartened by Archbishop Hart joining the calls to bring the people in detention on Nauru and Manus Island to Australia,” says Julie Edwards, Chair of CAPSA.

For the complete media statement, click here.

SAVE THE DATE: ACMRO National Conference

July 2017
There has been a change in dates for the Fifth Biennial National Conference on the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Refugees which will now be taking place in Melbourne in July 2017.

Information and updates will be available on our website in due course. Please watch this space, and save the date!

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