Refugees

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...
Iraqi refugees in Damascus, Syria - Wikipedia Commons
It is important to make the effort to get away from generalities when talking about welcoming refugees, according to the Jesuit Refugee Service in the UK, and not over-react to polls.  JRS UK was responding to the Comres poll for BBC Local Radio which showed that the majority of the British people (56%) would welcome refugees from places like Syria into their local communities and that 47% would like to see the UK accept more refugees, but also appeared to show a hardening of negative...
Sarah Teather with Pope Francis at the audience for JRS' 35 years of service, L'Osservatore Romano
The Jesuit Refugee Service in the UK (JRS UK) today welcomed its new Country Director. Sarah Teather is taking over from Louise Zanré who has decided to step down after 16 years but will be staying on as part of the team - in a policy/communications role.Sarah Teather is joining JRS UK following a short contract with the Rome office of JRS International. This work took her all over the world, including the Middle East, East Africa and the Western Balkans, visiting projects in field and meeting...
A group of Syrian refugees arrive on the island of Lesbos after travelling in an inflatable raft from Turkey. (A McConnell / UNHCR)
This Sunday, the Church will celebrate the World Day of Migrants and Refugees, responding to the theme initiated by Pope Francis: "Migrants and Refugees Challenge Us: the Response of the Gospel of Mercy".  Among the highlights of the weekend will be the 2016 Memorial Lecture of the Archdiocese of Liverpool’s Justice and Peace Commission, which will be given by Louise Zanré, the outgoing Director of the Jesuit Refugee Service in the UK (JRS-UK).Earlier this week, Pope Francis urged the...
The Syrian Cedar tree is decorated with prayer requests in Liverpool
Two art works by Jesuit Filipino artist Fr Jason Dy SJ added poignancy to Liverpool City Centre in the run-up to Christmas. His Sites of Refuge sought to engage the public in topical conversation about displacement, refuge and sanctuary.Fr Dy, who has been studying for his MA in Creative Practice in Liverpool, says he hoped to create sites that evoked disruption as well as meditation.The project was comprised of two installations - both of them interactive: a Tree of Refuge located in Clayton...
The Prince of Wales addresses the Advent Reception at Archbishop's House, Westminster
Representatives of the Jesuit Refugee Service in the UK were among the guests at an Advent Reception hosted by the Cardinal Vincent Nichols and attended by the Prince of Wales. The reception brought together Christian leaders from the Middle East, alongside charities and other groups that work with them and support them.The reception at Archbishop’s House in London was attended by representatives from the Chaldean Catholic, Syriac Catholic, Maronite Catholic, Coptic Orthodox, Armenian Apostolic...
Sarah Teather with Pope Francis at the audience for JRS' 35 years of service, L'Osservatore Romano
Sarah Teather has been appointed as the Director of the Jesuit Refugee Service in the UK (JRS UK). Formerly the Member of Parliament for the London constituency of Brent Central, Sarah joined the International Advocacy team of JRS in June 2015. As an advocacy advisor, she has visited JRS projects all over the world, including Lebanon, South Sudan, Uganda, Macedonia and the southern coast of Italy where so many attempt dangerous crossings to Europe over the Mediterranean Sea.In addition to her...
The Star Still Shines: resources from JRS-UK
The Jesuit Refugee Service in the UK has compiled a selection of prayers, liturgies and reflections for Advent, Christmas, Epiphany and beyond. The new pack, entitled The Star Still Shines, has been issued in response to the many parishes and individuals who have been in touch with JRS-UK asking what they can do to respond to the needs of refugees at this time.“Sometimes we can provide materials goods to help someone,” says Kate Monkhouse from JRS-UK. “Other times we can make a financial...
Pope Francis is greeted in the Central African Republic
Pope Francis has returned to the Vatican after the first visit of a pontiff to an active war zone. As his security staff and those who were responsible for keeping him safe during his weeklong visit to Kenya, Uganda and the Central African Republic (CAR) breathed a sigh of relief that the trip was without incident, he spoke of the joyful welcome he had received and the spirit of the people, despite their conditions. "It was the joy [that impressed him],” he told journalists on the plane back to...
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,...

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