Posts Tagged ‘Refugees’

Reflecting on Pope Francis’ 2018 New Year Message Comments 0

Thursday, February 8th, 2018

On behalf of the world’s often unwanted refugees and migrants, Pope Francis in his Jan. 1 World Day of Peace message titled “Migrants and Refugees: Men and Women in Search of Peace” pleads: “In a spirit of compassion, let us embrace all those fleeing from war and hunger, or forced by discrimination, persecution, poverty and Read more

Catholic partnership approved to sponsor refugees Comments 0

Thursday, February 8th, 2018

Caritas, as one of four organisations approved for the new Community Organisation Refugee Sponsorship (CORS) programme, will lead the coordination of a number of Catholic organisations who will support a refugee family to settle in New Zealand. The other organisations taking part are:  Gleniti Baptist Church (Timaru), South West Baptist Church (Christchurch) and the Society Read more

Politicial racism condemned, migrants welcomed Comments 0

Monday, November 27th, 2017

In a message the Vatican translated into eight languages, Pope Francis has sharp words for politicians he says are stoking racism. Migration has become a top political issue in many countries including the United States, Italy, Australia and Germany. Francis’s speech was released in the lead-up to the 2018 World Day of Peace which will Read more

Dutton’s refugee ploy undermining New Zealand Comments 0

Thursday, November 23rd, 2017

New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has made finding a solution to the Manus Island standoff a priority. The remaining refugees and asylum seekers of the Lombrom Naval Base insist that their new locations in Lorengau closer to community areas will be unsafe, and refuse to leave. During this crisis, the Turnbull government has become visibly Read more

Refugees, migrants, xenophobia and Catholics Comments 0

Monday, November 6th, 2017

Migration is a complex issue that has generated xenophobia, even in traditionally Catholic countries, Pope Francis says. Speaking to an International Federation of Universities conference, Francis reflected on the conference theme “Refugees and Migrants in a Globalized World: Responsibilities and Responses of Universities”. He said there is an urgent need “to do further studies into Read more

Callista Gingrich US ambassador to Rome Comments 0

Thursday, October 19th, 2017

Callista Gingrich is the United States’ new ambassador-designate to Rome, according to a statement from the US Embassy to the Holy See. The Senate confirmed her election with a vote of 70-23. News sources say Gingrich is a practising Catholic. She is the third wife of former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich who is Read more

Suspended: Polish priests protesting against refugees Comments 0

Thursday, October 19th, 2017

Priests who join Poland’s anti-migrant demonstrations may want to think twice. The country’s primate, Archbishop Wojciech Polak, says if he hears of a protest against refugees “where my priests participate, I will have a swift response: each priest who joins in will be suspended. “There’s no other path to take. I am responsible for my Read more

How forced migration defined Francis’ papacy Comments 0

Monday, October 2nd, 2017

From the very first moments of his pontificate, Jorge Bergoglio signalled a departure in style from that of his immediate predecessors. His taking of the name Francis, his eschewing the full papal vestments, and his appeal to the masses gathered in Saint Peter’s Square below to pray for him, before imparting his own blessing, all Read more

Welcome migrants and refugees: share the journey campaign Comments 0

Thursday, September 28th, 2017

Catholics resisting the acceptance of migrants and refugees into their communities is a worrying trend says Pope Francis. To help counter this, at his weekly audience on Wednesday Francis launched a two-year education campaign “Share the Journey” which is about the plight of migrants. Aimed especially at countering mounting anti-immigrant sentiment in the US and Read more

The Rohingya genocide Comments 0

Monday, September 25th, 2017

Myanmar’s Rohingya crisis has hit the headlines in recent weeks due to an extraordinary number of Rohingya refugees fleeing Myanmar into Bangladesh. It is estimated that in less than three weeks, up to 400,000 Rohingya refugees have fled Myanmar. They are fleeing mass human rights violations and atrocities, including: the burning of villages and crops, using petrol and rocket Read more