Refugees

Members of the Jesuit community and friends at lunch
“At present the refugees are survivors. An essential part of my job is to help them to do more than survive – to help them to live as free men and women.” This is how the late Fr William Yeomans SJ described the mission of the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) worldwide. We are called upon to accompany, serve as companions and advocate for refugees by reaffirming the innate human dignity and value of each person. Yet what can we do when survival itself is a challenge for refugees and migrants in the...
The Jesuit Refugee Service UK and Hurtado Jesuit Centre are offering a study day with Nick King SJThe topic is: Looking after foreigners and the marginalised: turning refugees into friends made in God’s image and likeness; the traps to avoid and the secret of getting it right.The day will be split into three sessions with arrivals and registration from 10.00.Lunch is provided and all donations are welcome.If you would like to attend please email: welcome@hurtadocentre.org.uk 
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...
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...
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...
A 'constructive' discussion with Sean Anstee at Trafford Council
Representatives from Manchester Universities’ Catholic Chaplaincy joined other community and social justice groups last week for a meeting with the city’s Conservative Mayoral Candidate, Councillor Sean Anstee. Fr Tim Byron SJ, Head Chaplain at the Chaplaincy, described the atmosphere as “constructive and very positive” and said it had been a “very impressive experience”.The meeting took place at Trafford Council and involved a diverse group of three women...
The right to rent rules would result in a hostile environment for everyone, warns JRS UK
The Jesuit Refugee Service in the UK (JRS UK) has warned that the government's 'Right to Rent' scheme is likely to affect the most vulnerable in society, saying it risks legislating to prevent kindness in our communities - particularly for asylum seekers facing homelessness and destitution.The JRS statement follows a report today from the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants (JCWI) into the ‘Right to Rent’ scheme. The scheme requires private landlords and their...
The Catholic agencies have called for political action and prayer
The Jesuits in Britain have added their voice to criticism of the UK Government’s decision to cancel plans to bring 3,000 refugee children to the UK as part of the Dubs Amendment scheme. As members of Caritas Social Action Network (CSAN), they are reiterating the statement by Bishop Paul McAleenan, who has responsibility for migration within the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales, in which he said that it was the duty of the entire international community to protect...

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