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ACMRO Migrant and Refugee Sunday 2016 News

102nd World Day of Migrants and Refugees

Migrants and Refugees Challenge us. The Response of the Gospel of Mercy.

On 28 August 2016, the Catholic Church in Australia commemorated the 102nd World Day of Migrants and Refugees.

The theme for this year was, Migrants and Refugees Challenge us. The response of the Gospelc of Mercy.  

Reflecting on this theme, Pope Francis challenged us to remember that, "God’s love is meant to reach out to each and every person. Those who welcome the Father’s embrace, for their part, become so many other open arms and embraces, enabling every person to feel loved like a child and “at home” as part of the one human family."

Parishes and Dioceses around Australia celebrated this event with annual multicultural masses along with multicultural fiestas after mass.

The Archdiocese of Adelaide and the Archdiocese of Melbourne, both hosted masses to celebrate this day.

Sixth Annual Bishop Joseph Grech Memorial Colloquium on Ethics and Migration

Christian-Muslim  relations in a persecuted region and the impact on immigration.
As part of Migrant and Refugee Sunday, the ACMRO along with the Australian Catholic University (ACU), Melbourne Campus, co-hosted the Sixth Annual Bishop Joseph Grech Memorial Colloquium on Ethics and Migration.

Bishop Robert Rabat spoke about what life is like for Christians in the Middle East. He spoke about how the situation for Christians differs from country to country, where some enjoy relative freedom to others having to be constantly on guard as to their situation. Bishop Rabbat also spoke about the importance of cultural identity noting that Christianity in the Middle East predates Islam.

Mr Bayram Aktepe spoke about the cultural and political history of Islam in the Middle East. Mr Aktepe commented on the impact of those countries in the Middle East who are influencing countries, and those countries which are in turn influenced, calling them producer countries and consumer countries. Mr Aktepe also expanded on current political trends in the region and how different cultural groups of Islam are affected by these different brands of Islam being produced and consumed. Mr Aktepe also spoke about how Muslims in the Middle East are generally seen as one religious and cultural group, however, they are in fact different cultural groups with differing strands of Islam.

Fr Fabio Baggio spoke about the current refugee crisis in Europe from an ethical perspective. He spoke about current trends in migration to Europe as well as the differing responses from European countries. Fr Baggio noted that it is only when the dignity of the human person is put first, that concrete solutions will be found to this crisis.

For a link to the Melbourne Catholic Magazine, including photos of the event, please click here.

Migrant and Refugee Kit Launch

On 19 August 2016, the ACMRO in conjunction with the Archdiocese of Adelaide launched the 2016 Migrant and Refugee Kit in the lead up to Migrant and Refugee Sunday.

The launch was attended by Archbishop Philip Wilson, as well as many people from the Archdiocese of Adelaide. Fr Maurizio Pettena provided an extrapolation of Pope Francis' message for Migrant and Refugee Sunday within the context of Australia's current political climate. Mr Louis Barcelona, designer of the Kit cover and poster, explained the meaning behind the image which is based on the theme for Migrant and Refugee Sunday. As part of the launch there were different cultural displays, including songs, dances and other cultural presentations.

For photos of the event, click here.

SAVE THE DATE: ACMRO National Conference

February 2017
The Fifth Biennial National conference on the pastoral care of Migrants and Refugees will be taking place in Melbourne in February 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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