Refugees

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...
Fr General Arturo Sosa at the closing Mass of GC36
Father General will be meeting and praying with refugees and those who work with them this afternoon, as they mark the World Day of Migrants and Refugees (this Sunday, 15 January). The group from the Centro Astalli – home of the Italian Jesuit Refugee Service – have been invited to the Church of the Gesù, Piazza del Gesù in Rome at 3.30pm (2.30pm GMT), where they will be greeted by Father General Arturo Sosa SJ.The gathering at the Gesù – the mother church of the Society of...
Archbishop Paul Gallagher
A senior Vatican prelate who was educated by the Jesuits in Liverpool has called for Jerusalem to be given “special status on an international level”, saying that interreligious dialogue and education are crucial for peaceful co-existence in the region.Archbishop Paul Gallagher, who is now Secretary for Relations with States within the Holy See's Secretariat of State, was a student at St Francis Xavier’s College in Woolton, Liverpool, which was founded by the Society of...
Pope Francis with refugees on Lesbos, Greece. Credit: Caritas
Pope Francis has highlighted the plight of children on the occasion of the World Day of Migrants and Refugees, which is being marked this Sunday (15 January). In addition to stressing their vulnerability and needs, the Pope is calling on governments, organisations and individuals “to work towards protection, integration and long-term solutions” to the conditions that child migrants face.In his message for the 103rd World Day of Migrants and Refugees, Francis points out that...
Carols by Candleight at Holy Name, Manchester
The Manchester Universities’ Catholic Chaplaincy has been looking back over a busy year, which has seen a record-breaking Week of Guided Prayer, its very first Jesuit Mission visit to East Africa and the launch of several new projects. The Chaplaincy team provided a welcome to the Catholic students at Manchester Universities, which culminated with Carols by Candlelight last week, while providing initiatives which have enabled them to respond to the needs of the local community.When they...
A mother carries a baby on her shoulders after refugees arrive at the port of Piraeus, near Athens, Greece. Credit: Darrin Zammit Lupi/JRS Europe
As the European Council meets in Brussels this week, the Jesuit Refugee Service – along with more than 30 other refugee organisations – has calls on political leaders to ensure that people arriving in Europe will be treated humanely, responsibly and that their rights will be safeguarded. They say that they are “gravely concerned that European policies are trying more and more to push people out of Europe, making it even harder to seek asylum, and leaving it to Member States of...
Some of the 35,000 children being educated by JRS in Chad. Credit: Denis Bosnic/JRS
Jesuit Missions has launched its Christmas appeal, focusing on the work that the Jesuits do with some of the most marginalised communities in the world. For more than a decade, an entire generation in West Africa has only had access to education through international humanitarian organisations like Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS). And for its appeal for Christmas 2016, Jesuit Missions (JM) shares the story of one individual – 20-year-old Mutara Hara – to explain why their work is so...
Sarah Teather (front row, far right) with the London Church Leaders
Sarah Teather of the Jesuit Refugee Service has spoken about the crisis that asylum seekers face in the capital. She was addressing the launch by London’s Church Leaders of a new campaign in response to the ongoing refugee crisis, and following continued reports of intolerance and heightened tension in the wake of the EU Referendum.#LondonUnited encourages churches representing the capital’s different Christian dominations to showcase their community work, particularly in response...
People in detention centres are abandoned 'in limbo', says JRS UK
The Director of the Jesuit Refugee Service in the UK (JRS UK) has expressed concern and sadness at the latest death in Colnbrook immigration detention centre near Heathrow. The police launched a murder investigation after a 64-year-old immigration detainee died following a fight there on Thursday.JRS UK runs an outreach service to the two detention centres at Heathrow: Colnbrook and Harmondsworth. A team of religious and lay volunteers visit and accompany detainees offering pastoral support and...
A child in a JRS after school programme, northern Ethiopia (Christian Fuchs/JRS USA))
The Jesuit Refugee Service has added its voice to an international call by Catholic agencies to governments to guarantee the protection and safety of child migrants, ahead of Universal Children's Day this Sunday (20 November).  The organisations – which include Caritas Internationalis and Pax Christi International – say they stand in solidarity with all children on the move whose rights to live, learn and flourish are compromised.“We are living a critical moment in...

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