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2015 sees the 101st World Day of Migrants and Refugees, which will be marked in the UK on Sunday, 18 January. Every year, the Pope issues a message on the theme of refugees and migrants which concludes with a blessing for them.  The message for this year is “The Church without frontiers, Mother to all”. In his message for the Day, Pope Francis says that the Church has a vital role in the breaking down of barriers and that it is not enough simply to tolerate people of different...
A refugee at a JRS class in Kenya: Christian Fuchs/JRS
Advent has always held a special place in my heart.  It is a special time of the year – one in which we prepare for Christmas and so traditionally think of family members, friends and loved ones. It is also a time of expectation and longing, of preparation and of waiting for Someone to come along with all of the promise of a new beginning, a new way of living and, of course, of eventual redemption. There is something particularly poignant about Advent and Christmas when...
The Jesuits in Britain are supporting the victims of human trafficking by donating funds raised at Christmas and Easter. The collections at Farm Street Church will go towards the appeal to support victims of Human Trafficking, the Bakhita House Project, and the work of other charities, including the Jesuit Refugee Service, to support victims and to help with the prevention of this form of modern slavery. The parish’s decision comes in response to a request by Cardinal Vincent Nichols over...
Diluckshun at Hurtado Jesuit Centre door
Diluckshun, staff member at JRS-UK, writes of his own journey and what JRS means to him.I am Sri Lankan. I claimed asylum when I arrived in the UK on the 18th of September 1999.My first interview for my asylum claim took place in Liverpool on 19th January 2001. After attending the interview I received a refusal letter from the Home Office. I appealed. There was no reply and my solicitor advised me to leave the matter to one side and continue my studies. My solicitor wrote several letters to the...
Photography enables asylum seekers to feel they have a future and to have hope. That is the message from a member of the Jesuit Refugee Services UK’s Men4Men discussion group who attends the JRS-UK Day Centre in Wapping, East London.Writing in the autumn 2014 edition of Justice, ‘Sebastien’ describes photography as being like “a message from the future” and says it is empowering him to move forward. His photographs were displayed in an exhibition over the...

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