Refugees

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...
The Feast of St Josephine Bakhita is also the Day of Prayer for Victims of Trafficking
As the Catholic Church around the world celebrates the Feast of St Josephine Bakhita, the Jesuit Refugee Service UK (JRS UK) is stressing the importance of protecting vulnerable refugees from exploitation. Today (8 February) is the Day of Prayer for Victims of Trafficking and those who work to combat this scourge of humanity, chosen by the Church because St Josephine Bakhita herself was sold into slavery.Every year, tens of millions of people desperately seek refuge, security and safety. Not...
Listen to the online conversation at 6pm today
A global online conversation is due to take place later today to study President Trump's executive orders on immigration and refugees. The event is being hosted by the Ignatian Solidarity Network (ISN) and will involve experts from the Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United States and Jesuit Refugee Service USA."The executive orders on immigration and refugee acceptance policies announced by the Trump administration last week are an affront to the Gospel-values of compassion and...
Showing solidarity with refugees: Some of the JRS/Jesuit group
Volunteers and supporters of Jesuit Refugee Service UK - including a number of Jesuits - joined the protest in Whitehall on Monday evening on behalf of migrants and refugees. Tens of thousands took part in a show of solidarity following last week’s decision by President Donald Trump to bar refugees from entering the USA and to close the country’s borders to people from seven Muslim-majority nations.Jesuits from across London, including members of the Mount Street Community and the...
US President Donald Trump
The Director of JRS/USA has called on President Trump to respect the “deep values” of the United States of America and to “seize the opportunity to advance human dignity” by revitalising a response to the refugee crisis.Fr Leo J. O'Donovan SJ addressed President Trump, sworn in today in Washington as the 45th President of the United States, in an Open Letter in America. In it, he acknowledges that, in the days ahead, he would have to come to grips with many...
Fr General listens to testimonies by refugees at the Gesù in Rome: JRS Italia
Father General has called on us all to redouble our efforts to welcome those who suffer because of the need to migrate and to work together to build ‘a community of life’.Speaking in Rome before the World Day of Refugees and Migrants (Sunday), Fr Arturo Sosa SJ was addressing refugees, volunteers and staff from the Centro Astalli, the headquarters of the Jesuit Refugee Service in Italy. He urged all who support refugees and migrants to put pressure on governments, especially in...

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