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Chaldean Patriarch protests at US plan to deport Iraqi Christian refugees

Patriarch Louis Raphael I Sako

The United States is currently preparing to deport 114 Iraqi Chaldean Christian refugees, including families with young children, who live and work in the US. These people were arrested under new measures being enforced by the Trump administration designed to stop migration from Middle Eastern countries, considered at risk of terrorist infiltration.

In a letter sent to Chaldean Bishop Fra...

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US Bishops urge authorities not to deport Christian refugees fleeing persecution

The President of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), Cardinal Daniel N DiNardo of Galveston-Houston as well as the Chairman of the USCCB Committee on Migration, Bishop Joe S Vásquez of Austin, and Chairman of the USCCB Committee on International Justice and Peace, Bishop Oscar Cantú of Las Cruces, have sent a letter to US Secretary of Homeland Security, John F Kelly, urging him to ...

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US Bishops welcome court decision rejecting Trump refugee ban

Bishop Joe Vasquez

The United States Conference of Vatholic Bishops chairman has welcomed the Ninth Circuit court decision upholding the preliminary injunction on refugee resettlement pause and travel ban On 12 June, the US Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit largely affirmed a nationwide preliminary injunction against implementation of sections of the Administration's executive order that attempted t...

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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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Letter from Calais - Appeal for volunteers

Phil Kerton from Seeking Sanctuary visited Calais on 30 May, taking clothing, cash and bedding donated by various groups and individuals. He found a situation that was superficially calm, yet worrying: worries that have since been confirmed as correct

Phil writes: More volunteers with jobs in education can turn up during school holidays and various busy groups of volunte...

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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

Pope welcomes first group from Lesbos - screen shot

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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