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Pope Francis with crowds of children
Mike Guilfoyle, talks about his experience as a JRS volunteer.Following my departure from having completed a twenty year ' stretch ' working as a front -line Probation Officer in London in 2010. I started to look around for new and energising pathways into working outside the statutory sector and in particular fulfilling a long standing interest in working as a Volunteer. After experiencing some unexpected setbacks, I was informed by one well known charity having made what I took to be a...
I have been a Jesuit Brother for 33 years and have never regretted it. At present I am the British Province Treasurer; a job that entails rather more than doing accounts. Entrusted with best use of the Jesuits’ assets, I have many knots to struggle with, including issues to do with properties, legalities, investments and human resources. This work came after twenty years with Jesuit Refugee Service in projects for displaced people taking me to live in Port Sudan, Nairobi, Addis Ababa and Rome...
The International Director of the Jesuit Refugee Service is among the signatories of an Open Letter to the Prime Minister, urging him to join UNHCR's global settlement programme for Syrian refugees and to show compassion to the hundreds of thousands of people who are fleeing the conflict in Syria and their families in the United Kingdom. Writing in tomorrow's Independent newspaper, Fr Peter Balleis SJ joins signatories from humanitarian agencies including CAFOD, Christian Aid, Save the...
Ayman Rifai, who had worked with the Jesuit Refugee Service in Syria since the beginning of the current crisis in the country, was killed by a mortar on 11 January in Hamdaniyeh on the outskirts of Aleppo. He was the father of five (four boys and one girl). Ayman was visiting his eldest son with two of his children in Ramouseh, outside Aleppo, where his son is doing his military service, when a mortar exploded, killing him and his 18-year-old son. His 14-year-old son was injured, causing...
Louise Zanré's first talk will be at St Mary's RC Cathedral in Edinburgh where she will be speaking after the 11.30am Mass on Sunday 19 January. Archbishop Cushley of St Andrews and Edinburgh will be preaching at that Mass and will use the Pope's theme for the World Day of Prayer for Migrants and Refugees. After the Mass, Louise will talk about JRS's work among refugees and offering suggestions of ways to welcome refugees from a faith value perspective. The following evening (Monday 20...
The Lauriston Jesuit Centre in Edinburgh is planning a number of talks which will inform the discussions on the upcoming independence referendum in Scotland. In the first of these, Louise Zanré, Director of JRS-UK, will be addressing Faith Values around Asylum Issues on Monday, 20 January 2014 at 7.30pm. Tapping into her wide experience of refugee work, Louise will explore how Scotland stands on the international stage and what values go into decisions associated with asylum. All will be...
Sarah Teather MP is Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Refugees in Parliament and a former Children's Minister.  Here she recounts her recent visit to Jordan with the Jesuit Refugee Service. Reporting on the Syrian crisis in the UK has waned since Britain, France and the US shelved plans for a bombing campaign.  There is a real danger that we forget the Syrian people.  As Chair of a parliamentary group that promotes the welfare of refugees, I wanted...

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