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Catholic activists arrested in Washington DC, following protest against US immigration policy

“Cruelty toward the suffering and bullying the most vulnerable should not be national policy and we cannot allow it to continue.”

2019.07.20.

More than 70 million people forcibly displaced globally

President of Ireland says this figure highlights “the growing scale of the challenge we face in helping refugees, asylum seekers and those internally displaced”.

2019.06.20.

Bishops say refugees must be accommodated, but locals should be consulted

“The well-being of local communities and of refugees alike requires that the provision of facilities for those who have lost everything must be carefully planned.”

2019.02.17.

Remains of 34 Christians found in Libyan mass grave, three years after ISIS massacre

The victims were Ethiopians migrants attempting to escape poverty in their home country by making their way via Libya to Europe.

2019.01.06.

UN General Assembly to endorse Global Compact on Refugees today

“The lessons we have learned in the European Union during the 2015 migration crisis should serve to remind us of the need to address migration in a cooperative and comprehensive manner. ”

2018.12.17.

Homeless crisis is not abating bishops warn

New pastoral letter on the housing and homelessness crisis, ‘A Room at the Inn?’, calls on Irish society to commit itself to work towards the provision of warm, decent, affordable and secure homes for all.

2018.10.02.

Tributes paid to the late Bishop Fiachra Ó Ceallaigh

Auxiliary Bishop of Dublin served under Cardinal Desmond Connell and Archbishop Diarmuid Martin between 1994 and his retirement in 2009.

2018.07.31.

UK asylum system is marked by “deliberate cruelty”

“The people we serve are those made destitute by the asylum process." – Sarah Teather, former MP and director of JRS in Britain.

2018.07.23.

Delays hamper asylum seekers’ integration into Irish society, says UNHCR

The introduction of a more general right to work from June, for those who can avail of it, should ease some of the stress people experience while waiting. Ultimately, however, they need certainty about their fate to move forward with their lives – Enda O’Neill, Head of Office with UNHCR Ireland.

2018.04.26.

Ending asylum seekers’ work ban is welcome, but few will benefit, says Bishop of Elphin

The government's minimalist response to the Supreme Court judgement, does not reflect the equality of dignity or the compassion that is so often promoted as a core value of Irish society.

2018.02.11.

Bishop highlights asylum seekers’ “dire circumstances”

Addressing the congregation at Raheen parish in Limerick in his New Year’s ‘World Day of Peace’ homily, Bishop Brendan Leahy warned the faithful to be particularly vigilant to avoid exploitation of women and children.

2018.01.02.

Schools journalism competition focuses on plight of migrants

The objective of the competition is to encourage students to use their writing and mobile skills to look at a topical issue which is relevant to Catholic Social Teaching and resonates with Columban mission.

2017.10.11.

Galway mayor finds that SVP homework club is top of the class

“Our volunteers are very reliable, which is essential when providing this necessary service. They help build friendly relationships between children and parents living in direct provision with members of the community. Our volunteers add to the good spirit and positive attitude to learning that is created in our homework club” – Jim Walsh, SVP.

2017.06.19.

Supreme Court decision on asylum seekers welcomed by Bishop McAreavey

“I am grateful to the Supreme Court for reminding us, during these unsettled and cynical times, of what we must be about as a culture, namely, a society that both protects the person and allows his or her talents to flourish.”

2017.06.06.

Work ban for asylum seekers is unconstitutional – Supreme Court

The human costs associated with the ban on seeking work are: boredom, isolation and social exclusion; obsolescence of skills and creation of dependency; and negative impacts on physical, emotional and mental health.

2017.06.01.

880 refugees feared dead in shipwrecks off Italy

“To keep letting people drown in the Mediterranean Sea is a scandal and immoral” - Tom Smolich SJ, director, JRS International.

2016.06.02.

Thousands attend OLA-SMA Knock pilgrimage

“Migrants are our brothers and sisters in search of a better life, far away from poverty, hunger and exploitation, much like our forefathers at the time of the famine."

2016.06.01.

COMECE hails Pope’s ecumenical visit to Lesbos

Pope Francis says visit aims to “express closeness & solidarity" to the displaced & the citizens of Lesbos & the people of Greece "who are so generous in their welcome”.

2016.04.14.

Sometimes it’s difficult to say “Happy Christmas”

Bishop of Ossory says it is hard to wish a 'happy Christmas' knowing it will not be a happy Christmas for the sick, the unemployed, the bereaved, the troubled.

2015.12.24.

Holy Family were refugees Cork bishops highlight

As the country prepares to welcome refugees, we are "challenged to engage with the poverty, homelessness sub-standard accommodation that many are living in".

2015.12.21.

Bishops express solidarity with suffering of refugees

“Urgent reform is required to avoid the creation of an unjust two-tier system in which the needs of those waiting for status for many years are overlooked.”

2015.10.02.

Migration crisis is humanitarian emergency: Trócaire

“The current mass movement of people into Europe represents the most serious displacement crisis the European Union has faced in recent times."

2015.08.28.

Migration policy must address needs of migrants

'Welcoming the Stranger: Irish Migrant Welfare in Britain since 1957' shows that policy which endures starts with the people it serves: Bishop Kirby.

2015.07.04.

Hundreds of asylum seekers living in limbo: JRS

Jesuit Refugee Service calls on the Government to provide funding and support to help them transition to life outside Direct Provision.

2015.06.20.

Bishop pays tribute to Irish Chaplaincy in Britain

“We can see from many current crises that no amount of policy will deter people from migrating," Bishop John Kirby said at the launch of 'Welcoming the Stranger' in London.

2015.05.29.

President Higgins attends Mass for Romero

Desperate attempts by thousands of refugees to cross the Mediterranean is a challenge to ‘Christian’ Europe, which demands a coordinated and compassionate response.

2015.05.25.

Church leaders seek to end migrants’ exploitation

Under a plan to be published on Wednesday, the EU is expected to impose migrant quotas on the 28 countries of the Union.

2015.05.12.

Bishops seek protection of asylum-seekers

Statement marks International Human Rights Day with a call to protect the human rights of those living in poverty, asylum seekers and the trafficked.

2014.12.10.

Parish priest defies asylum centre snub

Direct provision is a "desperately unjust system that condemns families and children to live awfully restricted lives for many many years" - Mgr John Byrne.

2014.11.25.

Direct provision is “simply unworthy of us”: Bishop

Children are “uniquely vulnerable to the lifelong consequences of growing up in such an institutionalised environment”.

2014.10.07.
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