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14 June 2020 @ 8:00 am – 20 June 2020 @ 5:00 pm
Join an Event
Will you help to make 2020 the Year of Welcome? Events will be largely digital and online this year. Check out the events page on the website of the Refugee Council of Australia.
Express Your Concern
Speaking of the failure of governments to protect and assist asylum seekers during the COVID-19 pandemic, Bishop Vincent Long, Chair of the Bishops Commission for Social Justice, Mission and Service says:
Over and over the Scriptures encourage us to welcome and care for the “strangers” among us. Excluding asylum-seekers and temporary protection visa holders from government assistance is not only inhumane and unworthy of a decent society, it is also dangerous to public health at this time. Similarly, international students and non-residents on working visas are not eligible for income support. Would a good host, who invited guests to contribute to the economy by purchasing educational services or filling skills gaps, simply turn a blind eye to their needs at a time like this?Pastoral Message for the Feast of St Joseph the Worker 2020, Bishop Vincent Long Van Nguyen OFM Conv, Chair, Bishops Commission for Social Justice, Mission and Service.
Consider calling or writing to local politicians to express your concern. You may wish to draw on the Refugee Council of Australia’s five calls to protect refugees and people seeking asylum during the COVID-19 pandemic. You can also draw on this statement by Catholic leaders, including Bishop Vincent, and Office for Social Justice Director John Ferguson.
Read the Pope’s Message
Watch this page for Pope Francis’s Message for the World Day of Migrants and Refugees on the theme “Forced like Jesus to flee”.
Provide Practical Assistance
Visit the website of the Jesuit Refugee Service to find out how you can help with current needs.