Refugees

Westminster Cathedral piazza
"What Can I Do To Help?"  PRAY this Tuesday*    Please show our polticians that you care! There will be a debate on refugees in the House of Commons this Tuesday 8th. On the evening of the 8th there will be a prayerful multi-faith vigil in the piazza outside Westminster Cathedral, from 7-8pm - to commemorate refugees who have died in the Mediterranean, attempting to make their way to Europe. Carindal Vincent Nichols will be attending.  ...
Syrian refugee family in Lebanon with Sarah Teather of Jesuit Refugee Service
During his Angelus address in St Peter’s Square yesterday, the Pope responded to the refugee crisis by appealing to all Catholic parishes and religious communities in Europe to take in a refugee family.“Every parish, every religious community, every monastery, every sanctuary of Europe – take in one family each”, he said.In appealing for this gesture of solidarity, he set the example by saying that the two parishes in the Vatican would each take in a refugee family in the next few days.The Pope...
Cardinal Nichols
On the refugee crisis, Cardinal Vincent Nichols said yesterday, “This a disgrace. That we are letting people die and seeing dead bodies on the beaches, when together Europe is such a wealthy place. We should be able to fashion a short-term response, not just a long-term response”. “It is no longer an abstract problem of people on the scrounge. It’s not. It’s people who are desperate for the sake of their families, their elderly, their youngsters, their children. What is screaming out is...
The Queen has honoured a former pupil of Stonyhurst College in Lancashire with the Queen’s Young Leaders Award. Edmund Page was among 58 people from 35 Commonwealth countries who received the award, which was set up in honour of Her Majesty’s service to the Commonwealth by the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust, in partnership with Comic Relief and The Royal Commonwealth Society.Edmund was given the award in recognition of the achievements of the Xavier Project, which he established to...
Tomorrow is World Refugee Day. Here, Oscar Spooner of JRS Europe looks back at the intense debate that has raged in recent months about the 'Mediterranean migrant crisis', and repeats the Jesuit Refugee Service's call  to make saving life and providing protection the top priority.On 19 April 2015 a boat carrying up to 850 people sank in the Mediterranean Sea. The exact causes of the incident are still being investigated, but according to reports many of the passengers had been...
Xenophobic attacks in South Africa have been condemned by the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS). It has called upon the country and its leaders to show respect for and solidarity with each person – irrespective of their race or nationality.The statement by JRS follows attacks and fear of reprisals in KwaZulu-Natal province, Johannesburg and other parts of the country. Shop lootings and violence over the past two weeks have left five people dead and have displaced nearly 2,500 Malawian, Zimbabwean,...
Since January 2015, it is estimated that 2000 people have died by drowning in the Mediterranean Sea whilst trying to reach Europe.  Dozens more suffer major injuries in their attempts to cross the border between the Moroccan town of Nador and the Spanish enclave of Melilla.  Many of the victims include unaccompanied minors.  It was this desperate situation that led the European Jesuit Social delegates to choose Nador for their annual meeting.  In light of what they witnessed...
Pope Francis has described the "heartfelt pain" he feels for the hundreds of victims who are believed to have drowned while fleeing across the Mediterranean from North Africa. He called upon the international community to take swift and decisive action to avoid more tragedies of migrants seeking a better life.The Pope's plea was delivered after the Regina Coeli prayer in St Peter’s Square on Sunday morning. Addressing tens of thousands of people, he said: “They are men and women like us, our...
One of the leaders of a pilgrimage to Jordan over Orthodox Easter has described the visit to Our Lady's Mount Refugee Centre as “harrowing”. Fr Dominic Robinson SJ, a Jesuit based at Farm Street Church in London, says many of the pilgrims felt "powerless" when they met refugees being cared for at the Centre run by the Sons of Divine Providence and the experience opened their eyes to the suffering of people in the region who have been forced from their homes.“All are Christians expelled from...
In 1980, a refugee crisis seized world headlines. Vietnamese were fleeing their county in anything that could float, and images of the "boat people" were seared into many peoples' hearts. Father Pedro Arrupe SJ, then-Superior General of the Society of Jesus, was one such person. He motivated Jesuits around the world to respond to the crisis, and the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) was born on 19 March 1980 when it was registered as a foundation in Vatican City.As it marks 35 years since its...

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