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Prayer Service for migrants and refugees at Westminster

Westminster Justice and Peace Commission has organised a Prayer Service for Refugees and Migrants around the Lampedusa Cross in Westminster Cathedral on Friday 23 June at 6.30pm in a side chapel.

This will be followed by a talk in the Hinsley Room, Morpeth Terrace, behind the Cathedral, at 7.15pm, from Pawel Zabielski. He is TB and Health Services Coordinator at Olallo House, a centre for...

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Brentwood Diocese: Mass for Migrants

Members from Kerala community

London’s annual Mass for Migrants, in honour of Saint Joseph the Worker, took place in Brentwood Diocese this year, on Saturday morning at the Church of Saint Antony of Padua in Forest Gate.

Bishop Alan Williams sm was the Chief Celebrant. The Mass was preceded by a colourful procession of banners from London's diverse ethnic communities, parishes, chaplaincies and civic organisations -...

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Mass for Migrants today

This year's Mass for Migrants, in honour of Saint Joseph the Worker, will take place today, 20 May, at the Catholic Church of Saint Anthony of Padua in Forest Gate, in the Diocese of Brentwood. Bishop Alan Williams sm will be the Chief Celebrant. The Mass will be be preceded by the traditional procession of banners from London's diverse communities, occupations, parishes, chaplaincies and civic...

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Vatican envoy to UN calls for far-sighted agreement on migration

The Vatican’s representative to the United Nations in Geneva, Archbishop Ivan Jurkovič addressed a consultation conference on Monday, preparing for the way for an international agreement on migration and human rights. The agreement, known as a ‘global compact’ aims to draw up a list of principles and commitments addressing all aspects of international migration. At ...

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London: Mass for Migrants

This year's Mass for Migrants, in honour of Saint Joseph the Worker, will take place on 20 May at the Catholic Church of Saint Anthony of Padua in Forest Gate, in the Diocese of Brentwood. Bishop Alan Williams sm will be the Chief Celebrant. The Mass will be be preceded by the traditional procession of banners from London's diverse communities, occupations, parishes, chaplaincies and civic orga...

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Salford: Mass for Migrants

Bishop John Arnold

Hundreds of Catholics are expected to gather for a special Mass for Migrants, which will be celebrated next week at Salford Cathedral.

The Diocese of Salford and its sister charity Caritas Salford is holding is first Migrants' Mass to recognise the contribution of Migrant Workers and their families to UK society.

This Mass is already an important feature of the London Church Calenda...

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Pope: Today's migration crisis is the greatest tragedy since WW2

Pope Francis has called for an ongoing commitment to welcome and integrate migrants and refugees and described the current migration crisis as the world's greatest tragedy after the Second World War.

Speaking during Wednesday's General Audience in St Peter's Square, which was attended by members of the Migrantes Foundation, an arm of the Italian Bishops' Conference which promotes the past...

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US Bishop: Trump's new Executive Order leaves many innocent lives at risk

The Most Reverend Joe S Vásquez, Bishop of Austin and Chair of the USCCB Committee on Migration, says that President Trump's latest Executive Order still puts vulnerable populations around the world at risk. In a statement issued after the announcement of today's travel suspension, Bishop Vásquez says that while we seek to maintain our values and safety, we must also exercise compassion in as...

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Chicago Cardinal advises priests on how to deal with immigration raids

Cardinal Cupich

In the wake of President Trump's executive orders to deport migrants, Cardinal Blase Cupich, Archbishop of Chicago, has written a letter to priests in the diocese, advising them on ways they can support those who come to them for help, and how to respond if immigration authorities visit. The Cardinal said priests should not allow officials into church buildings unless they have the correct ...

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Pope Francis: 'the protection of migrants is a moral duty'

Pope Francis said today the challenges of migration and the promotion of peace cannot be tackled without development and integration.

Speaking to participants of an International Forum on Migration and Peace taking place in Rome, whom he received in the Vatican, the Pope said the political community, civil society and the Church must offer a shared response to the complexities of the phen...

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JRS comments on report exposing UK's 'toxic' Right to Rent rules

Sarah Teather

The Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants (JCWI) have today issued a report into the Governments 'Right to Rent' scheme. The scheme requires private landlords and their agents to ensure prospective tenants have the right to rent in the UK, effectively asking them to be border guards, or face a fine, and since 1st December 2016, risk imprisonment. The report found that the most ...

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London talk: After the Jungle what next

Caritas Westminster and Capital Mass are hosting an event for those interested in finding out more about the situation for refugees and migrants on the coast of northern France and elsewhere after the destruction of the Calais 'Jungle' refugee camp. Come along to hear about the work of Brother Johannes Maertens at the Maria Skobtsova House in Calais, see two short films made by refugees living ...

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US Jesuits to host online discussion on Trump's immigration/refugee executive orders

On Thursday, 2 February at 1pm Eastern time, (6pm in London) the Ignatian Solidarity Network (ISN) will host a conversation with policy experts from the Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United States and Jesuit Refugee Service USA, to study President Trump's executive orders on immigration and refugees.

The ISN say: "The executive orders on immigration and refugee acceptance policies ...

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Caritas Europa: Lone child migrants need all of our support!

On the occasion of the annual World Day of Migrants and Refugees, Caritas Europa joins Pope Francis in calling everyone to pay attention to the reality of child migrants, "especially the ones who are alone... who in a threefold way are defenceless: they are children, they are foreigners, and they have no means to protect themselves". We urge European Member States to fully comply with the best ...

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