Refugees

  • Partnership at heart of asylum seeker centre

    Posted on 22 March 2016 Arrupe Place in Parramatta opened its doors just over a year ago and already this drop-in centre for asylum seekers has been recognised for its innovative work. At the 2016 Zest Awards in Sydney on 24 February, Arrupe Place received the Exceptional Community Partnership...
  • The mission of the Church is to care for humanity

    Following the 2015-2016 Australian Catholic Bishops Conference Social Justice Statement on asylum seekers and refugees (see article opposite), CatholicOutlook chatted to prominent refugee, Schools Liaison Officer for Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta, and Permanent Diaconate candidate, John Cinya. A refugee from South Sudan who fled the civil war in...
  • Welcoming The Australian Bishops 2015/2016 Social Justice Statement In Parramatta

    The Australian Bishops launched their 2015/2016 Social Justice Statement on the 9th September at Mary MacKillop Place, North Sydney, the same day the Australian Government announced their increased intake of 12,000 Syrians. The launch also paralleled the moment people from across the world were stopped by the media image...
  • Welcoming the stranger

    Dear Brothers and Sisters, The most enduring image that dominated our consciousness over this past month was that of Aylan Kurdi, a 3-year-old who drowned as his family tried to flee from Kobani to Europe. It has been a wake up call to many governments around the world about the disastrous situation in the Middle East...
  • Pope Francis calls on Christians in Europe to house refugees

    After the recitation of the Angelus Domini in St. Peter’s Square on 6 September 2015, Pope Francis made an appeal to “the parishes, religious communities, the monasteries and shrines throughout Europe to express the reality of the Gospel and accommodate a family of refugees.” This appeal is a response...