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A mother carries a baby on her shoulders after refugees arrive at the port of Piraeus, near Athens, Greece. Credit: Darrin Zammit Lupi/JRS Europe
As the European Council meets in Brussels this week, the Jesuit Refugee Service – along with more than 30 other refugee organisations – has calls on political leaders to ensure that people arriving in Europe will be treated humanely, responsibly and that their rights will be safeguarded. They say that they are “gravely concerned that European policies are trying more and more to push people out of Europe, making it even harder to seek asylum, and leaving it to Member States of...
Some of the 13 novices from Northern Belgium, Ireland, The Netherlands and United Kingdom
The Jesuit novices who are normally based at the novitiate in Birmingham visited the Low Countries recently, on a trip that gave them an insight into the scope of the international Society. Novices from Britain, Ireland, Flanders and the Netherlands make up the international community at Manresa House; and since the September to December Study period is the longest period inside the novitiate itself, they embarked upon a trip to (North) Belgium and the Netherlands, to visit a variety of Jesuit...
Safety after a rubber dinghy arrives on a beach on Lesbos, January 2016 (Darrin Zammit Lupi / JRS Europe).
The Jesuits Refugee Service in Europe has launched a new campaign entitled ‘Journeys of Hope’. Through it, JRS Europe aims to highlight the individual voices, hopes and dreams of people seeking a new, safe life in Europe, by recounting their personal stories and experiences.Danielle Vella has travelled all over the world with JRS, accompanying refugees and telling their stories. Danielle, together with Darrin Zammit Lupi, an award-winning photojournalist, have embarked on the journey of hope...
The Jesuit Refugee Service has added its voice to criticism of European states which are failing to protect migrants at risk on the Mediterranean. Last week, Amnesty International called on EU member states - especially France, Germany and the UK - to take action on EU migration, saying that more vigorous search and rescue systems were needed. Its call followed the deaths of up to 300 migrants in the Mediterranean last week and news that more than 2,000 migrants from Libya had been rescued by...
Almost 3,500 migrants have been killed this year on the Mediterranean Sea as they have attempted to find better lives in Europe, according to figures from the UNHCR. Many of the 207,000 trying to make the crossing on unseaworthy boats have been from Eritrea or Syria. Yet the international community has offered them limited support, says the United Nations’ refugee agency. Italy has suspended its Mare Nostrum sea rescue mission that previously saved lives and the EU’s limited...
Pope Francis has stressed the cura personalis – the care of the ‘whole person’ – in his address to the European Parliament in Strasbourg. In the realms of technology, education, work and politics, he told parliamentarians that they had a responsibility to respect and support individuals. “Upholding the dignity of the person means ... acknowledging the value of human life, which is freely given us and hence cannot be an object of trade or commerce,” he said....
As voters prepare to take part in elections for the European Parliament tomorrow, Ged Clapson meets a British Jesuit whose ministry is at the heart of Europe.“Politics,” according to Pope Francis, “is one of the highest forms of charity, because it serves the common good.” His homily at Santa Marta last September would have struck a chord with those Jesuits working at the Jesuit European Social Centre (JESC) in Brussels, especially when he stated that “a good...