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Children at a JRS-run school for refugees in Lebanon, credit: JRS
Education is a human right and is a way of building peace and development. That was the message from the Jesuit Refugee Service as it launched an ambitious advocacy and fundraising campaign. ‘Mercy in Motion’ is regarded as a concrete sign of commitment to the Jubilee Year of Mercy; and it has the active support of Pope Francis.The goal of the ‘Mercy in Motion’ Campaign is to offer educational services to 100,000 more refugees than are currently provided for, because, according to the Director...
Dermot Preston SJ
Churches Together in Britain and Ireland held an Advent Vigil for Refugees on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception at St Margaret’s Westminster.  The feast day also marks the beginning of the Year of Mercy.  Several  hundred people attended during the day for a vigil which included hymns, readings, prayers, testimonies and reflections.Fr Dermot Preston SJ, Jesuit Provincial, was one of the speakers invited to share reflections at the all- day event.  Fr Preston led a...
Refugees tell give their testimonies in the JRS booklet
Refugees of East Africa will be joining staff of the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) in the region at two events with Pope Francis in Nairobi today and tomorrow. This afternoon, they will be among the delegates when the Pope visits the United Nations Office in Nairobi; tomorrow morning, they will be in attendance at Saint Joseph's parish when he goes to the Kangemi urban slum in the Kenyan capital.Pope Francis started his five-day visit to Africa in Kenya yesterday; he will then go on to Kampala,...
Fr Tom Smolich SJ
We should “move beyond fear”, following the Paris terrorist attacks, according to Father Tom Smolich SJ, the International Director of Jesuit Refugee Services (JRS), and should recognise that refugees are also fleeing atrocities.Speaking on Vatican Radio, Fr Smolich acknowledged that there is the risk of a backlash against refugees – especially after more than a dozen states in the US said that Syrian refugees are no longer welcome due to security fears and the call from some European countries...
Credit Jeremy Pollack
Advent Vigil at St Margaret's Westminster, arranged by the Churches' Refugee Network - a network of Churches Together in Britain and Ireland.ALL WELCOME  -   for all or part of the time.Speakers, silence, meditation, discussion, and engagement.
JRS audience with Pope Francis  Credit Osservatore Romano
Pope Francis addressed the Jesuit Refugee Service on Saturday, at an audience to mark JRS’ 35th anniversary. He told staff and friends of the agency that “the decision to be present in areas of greatest need, in conflict and post-conflict zones, has brought you international recognition for your closeness to people and your ability to learn from this how better to serve.”The Jesuit Refugee Service was founded in 1980 by the then Superior General of the Society of Jesus, Fr Pedro Arrupe SJ. “He...
A refugee child at school in the Central African Republic (Laura Sheahen)
On Saturday, 14 November at 12pm, 15 refugees, as well as staff and friends of the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS), will attend a private audience with Pope Francis. The Pope will speak about the importance of education for refugee children and youth as a means to build peace and foster the development of more resilient and cohesive societies. The event will commemorate the 35th anniversary of JRS, founded by the former Superior General of the Society of Jesus, Pedro Arrupe SJ. Pope Francis...
Fr Jacques Mourad (Ziad Hilal SJ/ACN)
Fr Jacques Mourad, the Syriac Catholic priest who escaped earlier this month after being held captive in Syria by Daesh (ISIS), has said that prayer helped him remain calm and at peace during his five months of captivity. In addition to praying to the Virgin Mary, Fr Mourad said he also prayed to the founder of the Jesuits, St Ignatius Loyola, and Blessed Charles de Foucauld, whose martyrdom in 1916 led to the founding of the Little Brothers of Jesus. And he said he felt supported by the...
Jonathan Moore
Jonathan Moore, whose play Iñigo on the life of St Ignatius had great success in London earlier this year,  is volunteering his time to direct Acting and Drama workshops with refugees for the Jesuit Refugee Service at the Hurtado Centre in Wapping.The workshops take place weekly and are attended by a diverse group of asylum seekers from countries including DRC, South Sudan, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Russia and Belarus.Moore commented  “the participants enjoy the relaxed, fun atmosphere in...
Fr Dermot Preston SJ
The head of the Jesuit Order in Britain, Fr Dermot Preston SJ, has today written to the Prime Minister to urge a change in policy towards refugees in the light of the current crisis in Europe and the Middle East.Fr Preston urges the Prime Minister to have the courage and ambition to use his leadership to set a tone of welcome and hospitality to those seeking our help at this desperate time.  He believes the Prime Minister has a unique opportunity to lead Britain in a way that can awaken...

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