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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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London: Migration Museum opens

George Alagiah and Lord Dubs

The Migration Museum was officially launched in London on Wednesday evening by Barbara Roche, former Minster of State for Immigration, author Robert Winder, with guest speakers Lord Alf Dubs, campaigner for child refugees and George Alagiah, BBC News presenter.

Based around the corner from Lambeth Palace, in an echoey old fire engine repair garage, visitors arrive through doors labelled '...

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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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The humanitarian crisis on our doorstep

Children keeping dry under plastic bags

Mike Emberson, from the Medaille Trust, a Catholic charity dedicated to fighting human trafficking, gave this talk on Good Friday on Deal Pier in Kent on the English coast, just a short sea crossing from the continent, where thousands of refugees including women and unaccompanied children have been forced to fend for themselves.

Around the world millions of people are on the mov...

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Pope Francis: Modern martyrs are living blood of the Church

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Pope Francis yesterday paid tribute to modern day martyrs whom he said “are the living blood of the Church". The Pope was presiding over a Liturgy of the Word at the Church of St Bartholomew on the Tiber, a shrine to the martyrs of the 20th and 21st centuries. Speaking during his homily, the Pope had words of closeness for the many Christian communities being persecuted ...

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Australian SVP protests at forced deportations of refugees on Manus Island

Manus Island detention camp

The St Vincent de Paul Society in Australia is calling on the Government to end forced deportations and relocate asylum seekers and refugees from Manus Island to safety, in the wake of last week’s shocking shooting incident at its detention centre.

“Both the conditions on Manus Island and the threat of deportation to persecution and harm is placing lives at risk and adding to the fear...

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Dunkirk: Letter from Seeking Sanctuary

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As we prepare this Easter update we continue to get disturbing news from Dunkirk where the camp was almost entirely destroyed by fire. Many of the residents who were displaced were put up for a few nights in local sports centres but they have now been told to move on - but to where? Some buses were provided but the majority of those involved preferred to push or carry their few possessions away...

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Vatican welcomes new refugee families from Syria

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Three new Syrian families have found shelter and welcome in the Vatican as part of an ongoing effort to provide the means and the tools for integration and a new life of hope for those fleeing conflict and persecution. Altogether 13 people - from two Christian and one Muslim family - have been able make their homes in three Vatican-owned apartments recently vacated by other refugees who have si...

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Catholic aid agencies call for new deal, as Syrian refugees exceed 5 million

A group of Catholic aid agencies are calling on this week's Brussels Conference on Syria to recommit support to Syrians forced to flee, as more than five million Syrians - or a quarter of the country's pre-war population - have been forced to cross borders and register as refugees in neighbouring countries.

The agencies, including CAFOD, warn that the Brussels Conference meeting, must put...

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London: Interfaith Welcome Refugee evening

Rafidah Al-Zeerm, Camden Welcome Refugees

More than 80 people from faith institutions across London attended a Welcome Refugee reception at the Islamic Cultural Centre & London Central Mosque Trust by Regents Park on Tuesday evening.

Parishioners from Farm St Mayfair and Holy Apostles Pimlico were among the participants.

The panel of speakers included: Tania Bright of Church Response for Refugees, Sarah Hayward, Leader ...

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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 Bishops: Living as a people of God in unsettled times

The US Conference of Catholic Bishops Administrative Committee has issued a pastoral reflection today in solidarity with those who have been forced to flee their homes due to violence, conflict or fear in their native lands. In the statement, the bishops encourage each of us to do what we can to accompany migrants and refugees who seek a better life in the United States.

The full text of ...

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Vatican official visits agencies working with refugees

Ben Bano (Seeking Sanctuary), Faith Anderson (CSAN), Mgr Anthony Figueiredo, Libby Abbott (CAFOD), Phil Kerton (Seeking Sanctuary)

Monsignor Anthony Figueiredo of the Migrants and Refugees section of the Vatican's new Dicastery for the Promotion of Integral Human Development visited CAFOD and Caritas Social Action Network (CSAN) this week, to hear about their work with refugees.

In particular, Mgr Figueiredo was interested in the work of CSAN member Seeking Sanctuary and their grassroots work delivering material aid ...

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Caritas on 'bitter 1st anniversary' of EU-Turkey deal

Caritas Europa says the organisation finds it shameful that last year's EU-Turkey deal has left thousands of people stranded in inhumane and degrading conditions in Greece, inevitably resulting in others taking more dangerous routes to seek protection in the EU.

"The EU cannot continue externalising the management of migration. Focusing on internal security and deterrence is not the solut...

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