Refugees

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...
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...

Pages