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Pope Francis has challenged Europe and especially European Catholics not to go down the route of ‘exclusivism and cultural fortification’ when challenged with the task of welcoming refugees.  Speaking at a meeting with the directors of migrant and refugee services from the bishops’ conferences of Europe, Francis was particularly sad when he saw these negative reactions in Catholic communities. “I will not hide my concern about the signs of intolerance, discrimination and xenophobia that...
View of the D Wing in Brook House
Watch Panorama - Undercover Britain's Immigration SecretsNews coming out ahead of a BBC Panorama investigation to be shown tonight on BBC 1 at 9 pm appears to show disturbing footage of abuse of detainees in immigration detention. The programmes shines a light on some of the harsh realities of indefinite immigration detention in the UK through an undercover investigation at Brook House, one of the nine immigration removal centre's in the UK's immigration detention estate.At one point, one...
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We are recruiting for a Detention Outreach Manager - join our team!The Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) in the UK is recruiting for a senior post leading outreach to detainees in immigration detention via a volunteer network.JRS is an international Catholic organisation, at work in 50 countries with a mission to accompany, serve and advocate on behalf of refugees and other forcibly displaced persons. Our work is founded on principles of Catholic Social Teaching and imbued with an Ignatian charism....
Michael Frain took part in the 258k race across the Sahara
An alumnus of St Ignatius College in Enfield, who has already run across the Sahara Desert and undertaken four Ironman Triathlons, will be taking part in the London Marathon next month to raise funds for the Jesuit Refugee Service.Michael Frain will be running the 26.2 mile race on 23 April dressed as a Womble, the characters that have been adopted for the past 20 London Marathons by Jesuit Missions (JM) in Wimbledon, home of the Wombles! He has praised the education that he received from the...
Victims of war and persecution: children in Aleppo, Syria. JRS
Jesuits in the United States have recommitted themselves to the defence of human rights and religious liberty, saying that they are greatly disappointed by the latest Executive Order from President Donald Trump, known colloquially as the 'travel ban', which they have branded a "shameful policy".Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) in the USA says that this new order has been artfully reworded to remove some of the most obvious legally-objectionable provisions of the original order. However, it still...
Some 25,000 riders are expected on the 2017 London-Surrey 100
Jesuit Missions (JM) is inviting you to get on your bike to help raise funds for communities that it supports overseas. JM has secured five places in the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 2017 event, which is taking place on 30 July 2017.The 100-mile route begins at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and takes in some of the most beautiful Surrey countryside on the way before ending on The Mall. Around 25,000 cyclists are expected to take part, raising money for their chosen charities. This year,...
The event on 8 March will be an opportunity for women's voices to be heard
Fr General Arturo Sosa SJ will give the opening address in the Vatican on Wednesday (8 March) to mark International Women's Day. He will be speaking at the Voices of Faith 2017 event at which the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) is a partner, along with the Pontifical Council for Social Communication and Caritas Internationalis."Voices of Faith unites the Vatican with the international community and organisations around the globe to honour and acknowledge women who understand the need for...
ACN staff and supporters from across the world will be taking part in the Fitbit Semi de Paris on Sunday
Participants in the Fitbit Semi de Paris (a half-marathon) are in their final days of training and preparation ahead of the race on Sunday – including a Jesuit priest and his lay colleague from Farm Street Church. Fr Dominic Robinson SJ, National Ecclesiastical Assistant to Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) and Sebastian Cichocki, the parish’s Maintenance Manager, will be joining Neville Kyrke-Smith, ACN’s National Director, and John Pontifex, their Head of Press and Information, to help raise...
Refugees at Jamam Camp, South Sudan: Wikimedia Commons
The Jesuits are responding to the humanitarian crisis in South Sudan and other regions of Africa, where the United Nations has warned that 100,000 people are facing starvation. Even before Monday’s declaration that South Sudan is in the grip of a famine and the UK Government’s announcement of £200 million in aid to the country and to Somalia, Jesuit agencies have been distributing food, water and medical supplies and have been supplying humanitarian aid to thousands of communities.The Jesuits...
Runners pass La Place de la Bastille in last year's FitBit Semi de Paris. Credit: ASO/B.Bade
A London Jesuit will be heading to France next month to take part in the Fitbit Semi de Paris, a half-marathon, on behalf of suffering Christians in the Middle East. Fr Dominic Robinson SJ, who is the Superior of the Mount Street Jesuit Community as well as the Ecclesiastical Assistant for Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), will be running with Sebastian Cichocki, Mount Street’s maintenance manager, ACN’s UK Director and their Head of Press and Information, as part of an...

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