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Cap Blanc-Nez, the ‘Cote d’Opale’ west of Calais
Jesuit Scholastic Chris Brolly has spent six weeks in Calais working alongside migrants and refugees. He reflects on how entering deeply into another’s lived experience has energised his faith journey.While my first five weeks in Calais were full of rewarding experiences, towards the end of my stay I became frustrated at my inability to make deeper connections with the people of the migrant communities I was serving when on distributions  or hospital runs.This was partly due to how I had I...
A police eviction in Calais
Jesuit scholastic Christopher Brolly has spent six weeks working alongside refugee communities in Calais, where, despite the removal of the 9000 residents of the ‘Calais Jungle’ in 2016, around 500 migrants and refugees remain, some of whom are unaccompanied minors, mainly from war-torn countries such as Eritrea, Sudan and Afghanistan.“The conditions are dire,” observed Chris “basic human rights are threatened - provision of water, food, and accommodation are propped up by the humanitarian...
Deep hospitality at Mount Street Jesuit community
On Sunday 14th January the Church marks the World Day of Migrants and Refugees, an opportunity to reflect on our response as Christians to an often vulnerable group of people, and to celebrate the many ways refugees and migrants enrich societies across the world.This is the 104th such World Day of Migrants and Refugees. It may surprise some of us to learn just how long the Church has been so acutely concerned about the fate of refugees and migrants, especially if we only started taking an...
View of the D Wing in Brook House
Watch Panorama - Undercover Britain's Immigration SecretsNews coming out ahead of a BBC Panorama investigation to be shown tonight on BBC 1 at 9 pm appears to show disturbing footage of abuse of detainees in immigration detention. The programmes shines a light on some of the harsh realities of indefinite immigration detention in the UK through an undercover investigation at Brook House, one of the nine immigration removal centre's in the UK's immigration detention estate.At one point, one...
The Catholic agencies have called for political action and prayer
The Jesuits in Britain have added their voice to criticism of the UK Government’s decision to cancel plans to bring 3,000 refugee children to the UK as part of the Dubs Amendment scheme. As members of Caritas Social Action Network (CSAN), they are reiterating the statement by Bishop Paul McAleenan, who has responsibility for migration within the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales, in which he said that it was the duty of the entire international community to protect...
The Feast of St Josephine Bakhita is also the Day of Prayer for Victims of Trafficking
As the Catholic Church around the world celebrates the Feast of St Josephine Bakhita, the Jesuit Refugee Service UK (JRS UK) is stressing the importance of protecting vulnerable refugees from exploitation. Today (8 February) is the Day of Prayer for Victims of Trafficking and those who work to combat this scourge of humanity, chosen by the Church because St Josephine Bakhita herself was sold into slavery.Every year, tens of millions of people desperately seek refuge, security and safety. Not...
Listen to the online conversation at 6pm today
A global online conversation is due to take place later today to study President Trump's executive orders on immigration and refugees. The event is being hosted by the Ignatian Solidarity Network (ISN) and will involve experts from the Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United States and Jesuit Refugee Service USA."The executive orders on immigration and refugee acceptance policies announced by the Trump administration last week are an affront to the Gospel-values of compassion and...
Showing solidarity with refugees: Some of the JRS/Jesuit group
Volunteers and supporters of Jesuit Refugee Service UK - including a number of Jesuits - joined the protest in Whitehall on Monday evening on behalf of migrants and refugees. Tens of thousands took part in a show of solidarity following last week’s decision by President Donald Trump to bar refugees from entering the USA and to close the country’s borders to people from seven Muslim-majority nations.Jesuits from across London, including members of the Mount Street Community and the...
US President Donald Trump
The Director of JRS/USA has called on President Trump to respect the “deep values” of the United States of America and to “seize the opportunity to advance human dignity” by revitalising a response to the refugee crisis.Fr Leo J. O'Donovan SJ addressed President Trump, sworn in today in Washington as the 45th President of the United States, in an Open Letter in America. In it, he acknowledges that, in the days ahead, he would have to come to grips with many...
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...

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