Refugees

The International Director of the Jesuit Refugee Service is among the signatories of an Open Letter to the Prime Minister, urging him to join UNHCR's global settlement programme for Syrian refugees and to show compassion to the hundreds of thousands of people who are fleeing the conflict in Syria and their families in the United Kingdom. Writing in tomorrow's Independent newspaper, Fr Peter Balleis SJ joins signatories from humanitarian agencies including CAFOD, Christian Aid, Save the...
Jorge Mario Bergoglio was born in Buenos Aires on 17 December 1936. He was the eldest of five children to Italian immigrants, Regina María Sívori and Mario José Bergoglio. After being educated by the Salesians in the city of Ramos Mejía, he went to a technical school in Buenos Aires, where he qualified as a chemical technician.The feast of St Matthew – 21 September – became a turning point in the life of the young Argentinian. Aged 17, Jorge Mario went to confession and became...
Sarah Teather MP is Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Refugees in Parliament and a former Children's Minister.  Here she recounts her recent visit to Jordan with the Jesuit Refugee Service. Reporting on the Syrian crisis in the UK has waned since Britain, France and the US shelved plans for a bombing campaign.  There is a real danger that we forget the Syrian people.  As Chair of a parliamentary group that promotes the welfare of refugees, I wanted...

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