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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...
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...
Wimbledon College's Advent Calendar
Wimbledon College in south west London has produced an online Advent Calendar with daily reflections for the journey through Advent. The College is celebrating 125 years of Jesuit education and its Advent Fundraising Campaign this year is for the Jesuit Refugee Service, with boys (and staff) taking on sponsored 125 themed challenges to raise money.Wimbledon College started its life in the parlour of the presbytery of the newly established Sacred Heart Church and was based at 3 Cranbrook Road:...
Patrice has worked as a child miner in the DRC since he was eight: Jesuit Missions
The Jesuit Refugee Service and the Jesuit European Social Centre have welcomed a move announced this week by the European Union (EU) to clean up Europe’s trade in minerals; but they have also criticised negotiations for a new law on so-called 'conflict minerals' as “half-hearted”, with too many concessions and loopholes. The proposed Regulation is meant to ensure that minerals entering the EU do not finance conflict or human rights violations, requiring certain EU...
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...
Fr General Sosa presides at the Mass of Thanksgiving in Rome
The business of the 36th General Congregation (known as Ad Negotia) has now resumed, after the celebration of the Mass of Thanksgiving at the Church of the Gesù in Rome. Before the Eucharist began, the new Superior General of the Society of Jesus prayed silently upstairs in the chapel of the Rooms of St Ignatius. Fr Arturo Sosa SJ, who was elected as the Society’s 31st General last Friday, was then presented with two books: The Formula of the Institute and The Constitutions of the Society...
This JRS project in Aleppo brings children of different religious backgrounds together: JRS
To coincide with the UN International Day of Peace (today), Catholic and Muslim leaders have issued a joint statement, calling upon all governments, religious institutions, and people of good will to work together in addressing the root causes of forced migration. The faith organisations recognise the Jubilee Year of Mercy, announced by Pope Francis, and the Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca as opportunities to stand in solidarity and to call on the international community to share the responsibility...
Pope Francis addresses Jesuit alumni in Rome, September 2016
Last week, members of the European Confederation and World Union of Jesuit Alumni and Alumnae met in the Vatican to participate in a conference entitled “Global Migration and Refugee Crisis: Time to Contemplate and Act”. Among the British delegates attending the conference were Fr Kevin Fox SJ, Superior of the Jesuit Community in Boscombe, Dorset, and Bernard Thompson, the Director of the British Jesuit Alumni Charitable Trust and a former President of the World Union of Jesuit...
Cooking for 10,000: the JRS kitchen in western Aleppo. BBC screenshot
The ceasefire in Syria has now been in force for several days. But is humanitarian aid getting through to the people who need it most?As the focus turns to how agencies are getting desperately needed food and other supplies to areas hit hard by the conflict, the BBC's Middle East Correspondent, Jeremy Bowen, reports on aid agencies' efforts. He says that the east of the city of Aleppo, which has been deliberately cut off by government forces, is in the greatest need. But he starts his...

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