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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...
Pope Francis greets refugees, Centro Astalli, Italy,
The Apostleship of Prayer is the Pope’s own prayer-group. Here is the first of two intentions he asks us to pray in the month of June, 2015.That immigrants and refugees may find welcome and respect in the countries to which they come.Few have been unaware of the shocking news coming from the Mediterranean in recent months of so many thousands of desperate migrants rescued from the open sea. Yet they were the fortunate ones; many more have lost their lives in horrifying circumstances, drowning...
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...
As the death toll in the Mediterranean reaches record proportions, Europe’s first priority must be to implement a full-scale search and rescue operation, according to the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS). It is calling on the extraordinary European Council meeting on Thursday 23 April to respond to this ongoing tragedy with a concrete action plan prioritising human dignity and justice."Saving human life must come first," says Fr Jean-Marie Carrière SJ, the Director of JRS Europe. "Europe should...
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...
Join us next Friday 27th March for a Lent walk with refugees starting at Westminster Cathedral in London. This ecumenical event  - Walking with Jesus and Refugees In Westminster and Whitehall - is sponsored by the Jesuit Refugee Service, London Churches Social Action, Citizens UK and London Churches Refugee Network.3pm - Westminster RC Cathedral4pm - St Martin's-in-the-Fields5pm - Methodist Central Hall6pm - Westminster Abbey
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...
JRS changes lives
CSAN, or Caritas Social Action Network, in which we are taking part, has launched the Lent Campaign: Changes Lives! This post was taken from the JRS UK community blog http://jrsuk.blogspot.co.uk/Here are some of our JRS volunteers voices on how JRS helps change lives of those marginalised.By encouraging refugee women to manage their stress and to focus on their health and wellbeing; by praying together   By enabling people to develop their own voice    ...
“The treatment of asylum seekers on the Italian mainland is symptomatic of European asylum regulations that prioritise control and border security above respect for individual human rights and dignity,” writes Oscar Spooner of the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) in the latest edition of Jesuits and Friends. In his article ‘Extreme lengths in search of safety’, Oscar quotes migrants themselves as well as the views of JRS staff, including Fr Jean-Marie Carrière SJ, the director of JRS Europe.“We...
Father Alexis Prem Kumar SJ has thanked God and the Indian Prime Minister for his release. He is expecting to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi today after arriving back in Delhi yesterday.Indian Jesuit Fr Prem Kumar was abducted by the Taliban from Herat in Afghanistan on 2 June 2014. Indian officials said they would not be sharing details of the efforts that led to his release. However, as he emerged at Delhi airport, he told the waiting press: “God has saved me, I thank him first. It is...

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