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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...
A Syrian mother and child in Macedonia, Greece. Public Domain/flickr
The Superior of the Mount Street Jesuit Community is among the 200+ religious leaders who have written to the Prime Minister, urging her to relax the UK’s immigration rules so that refugees from Syria and other areas can be reunited with their families. Fr Dominic Robinson SJ joined the former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, as well as Baroness Rabbi Julia Neuberger and Muslim Council of Britain secretary general Harun Rashid Khan and other representatives from the Buddhist,...
Syrian children at a JRS class in Lebanon's Bekka Valley. Credit: Don Doll SJ/JRS
Leaders from across the world will be gathering at the UN Headquarters in New York later this month for the first-ever United Nations Summit for Refugees and Migrants (19 September) and the US Leaders’ Summit on Refugees (20 September). Among the items on their agendas will be policies and commitments that can create significant change in the lives of displaced children who are currently out of school.In anticipation of the Summits, Jesuit Refugee Service in the USA – as part of the...
It is difficult to put into words the look of utter fatigue on a woman’s face after spending the night sleeping on different buses because she has nowhere to go. Or the joy in her voice when after a week of being hosted in a community of female religious exclaims that through the friendship and welcome they have offered she has found her family again. And yet, these are the stories that we encounter every day at JRS. Behind each story is a human being with a unique past, hopes and fears...
Jesuit bikers in Brighton
It’s only 54 miles...Ten Jesuits and friends are cycling from London to Brighton on August 6th to raise money to help refugees in the UK.“Some of us cycle a lot, some of us cycle a little... we enjoy biking around the cities we have lived in and in London where we live now. We got talking about what we as Jesuits, colleagues, family and friends could do for the refugees who come to JRS. It's a long ride of 54 miles and we will be a bit sore the next day, but we will have a good...
Children at Makumbi Mission, Zimbabwe
The Jesuit novices based at Manresa House in Birmingham have completed their ‘experiments’ – assignments during which they have experienced faith and justice in action in situations which might be unfamiliar to them, in a variety of apostolic works either at home or overseas. Among the experiments this year in Britain, for example, novice Stephen worked at a hospice where, he said, he found God’s love to be very tangible; Vincent got an insight into parish life in North Wales; while Christopher...
ObituaryPaul Nicholson SJ My friend and colleague Louise Zanré da Silva, who has died suddenly aged 47 as the result of a blood clot, dedicated her life to helping refugees who were entangled in the UK asylum system. She was a tireless and fearsome advocate for their rights and human dignity. Her remarkable grasp of the policy and issues was combined with a genuine love and respect for the individuals she encountered; they were never statistics.Louise was born in Broxburn, West Lothian, to...
Refugees rest in Hungary after fleeing from Syria. Mstyslav Chernov/Creative Commons
The Jesuit Bishop of Aleppo in Syria was one of the participants at a meeting of bishops from the Middle East, southern and western Europe, convened by COMECE (the Conference of European Bishops) to discuss migration. Catholic experts from the field also took part in the meeting in Heiligenkreuz, Austria, entitled 'Facing a crisis with many faces'.A member of the Chaldean-Catholic Church, Bishop Antoine Audo SJ of Aleppo has been a member of the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of...
30,000 celebrated Mass with Pope Francis in the Sun Bowl Stadium in El Paso, across the border with Mexico
Pope Francis has celebrated his final Mass in Mexico and has highlighted the plight of thousands of migrants – many of whom face enormous difficulties in their quest for better lives and others who have died in the process of trying. He preached at Mexico's northern border with the United States, and appealed for governments to open their hearts, if not their borders, to the “human tragedy that is forced migration”. On his arrival at Ciudad Juarez to celebrate Mass, Pope Francis knelt...
Safety after a rubber dinghy arrives on a beach on Lesbos, January 2016 (Darrin Zammit Lupi / JRS Europe).
The Jesuits Refugee Service in Europe has launched a new campaign entitled ‘Journeys of Hope’. Through it, JRS Europe aims to highlight the individual voices, hopes and dreams of people seeking a new, safe life in Europe, by recounting their personal stories and experiences.Danielle Vella has travelled all over the world with JRS, accompanying refugees and telling their stories. Danielle, together with Darrin Zammit Lupi, an award-winning photojournalist, have embarked on the journey of hope...

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