Posts Tagged ‘Refugees’

Papal charity Caritas hosts migrants and refugees Comments 0

Thursday, June 21st, 2018

Papal charity Caritas hosted a lunch in Rome with migrants and refugees on Tuesday. Caritas Rome hosts the city’s main soup kitchen and caters for tens of thousands of poor people. In hosting Tuesday’s lunch, Caritas hoped to foster a “culture of encounter” as this week is set aside as Caritas’s Global Action Week. It Read more

North Koreans telling their stories at churches in Auckland Comments 0

Monday, May 21st, 2018

A group of North Koreans have been visiting Auckland to share their experiences at churches around the city, spreading the word about their escape. The group is part of a Christian mission led by a South Korean pastor Kwang Choi. Park Sung Il a former North Korean labourer, remembers clearly the hazardous journey he had Read more

Highly pressured family life on the Border Comments 0

Thursday, May 17th, 2018

Family pressures are familiar to us all, they are so much more acute here on the border. Jason is 17 years old, a Hispanic, born on the US side of the river, a spina bifida kid who lives in a wheel chair. His mum left him at birth. Magda his grandmother, adopted him as her Read more

The border: A line in the sand Comments 0

Thursday, May 10th, 2018

Recently some 2000 members of the National Guard of the United States have been sent to the Southern Border with Mexico. The National Guard exists for the protection of the nation. They assist in times of natural disasters or respond to an armed threat from a foreign military force. None of that is happening at Read more

Migration is in our D.N.A. Comments 0

Monday, May 7th, 2018

Three generations of Kiwis ‘down the road’, it dawned on me that not only am I from a migrant family but I too am also a migrant. 27 years in Peru; 5 years in Venezuela; a stint in Australia: 5 years here in the Rio Grande Valley on the border the USA with Mexico. Now Read more

Catholic groups use ‘social innovation’ to help refugees Comments 0

Thursday, May 3rd, 2018

In the time it takes you to read this article, about a hundred people around the world will be forced to leave their homes because of persecution, war or violence. In fact, more people are displaced now than at any other time in human history — some 65 million, 22 million of whom are classified Read more

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