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Bishops restate solidarity with refugees & persecuted Christians

“Today our witness to the distress of refugees should be a call to action.”

2016.06.21.

Call for Europe to act on its “founding values” for refugees

“Europe has the power to save and protect people. It’s a just question of political will to provide safe ways for people to enter Europe without risking their lives.”

2016.06.09.

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.

Detention of refugees unnecessary says report

“The recent agreement between Brussels and Ankara is an extremely unjust one. This is not about protection, it’s about deterrence.”

2016.04.27.

New guide for Irish Fly-In/Fly-Out workers in Australia

Research has shown that FIFO work can have a negative impact on the lives and health of some workers in this field.

2016.04.26.

EU regards refugees as ‘commodities for shipping’

As Pope Francis visits Greece, Trócaire expresses deep concern at the recent EU-Turkey deal that facilitates large-scale return of asylum seekers to Turkey.

2016.04.16.

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.

Authorities bulldoze church and mosque in Calais

“The destruction of these places of worship is at odds with the fundamental human right to worship freely according to the beliefs and principles of all those in the jungle.”

2016.02.02.

Bishop pleads on behalf of homeless & migrants

Ireland “cannot claim to be a progressive society if we choose to leave so many in poverty” - Bishop William Crean of Cloyne.

2015.12.29.

Pope Francis opens Holy Door at homeless centre

“A city in which one man suffers less is a better city” - Caritas Rome founder Don Luigi Di Liegro.

2015.12.18.

Working document is too negative, Synod fathers say

Instrumentum laboris deemed to be overly preoccupied with the problems of marriage and family life and doesn't provide enough encouragement.

2015.10.10.

Pope defends Church’s teaching on marriage

God’s dream for his creation is to see it fulfilled “in the loving union between a man and a woman, rejoicing in their shared journey, fruitful in their mutual gift of self”.

2015.10.05.

Catholic primary schools welcome refugee children

"The majority of schools have space to enrol children and would be happy to do so' - Catholic Primary Schools Management Association.

2015.09.23.

Pope prays for migrants abandoned in Austria

“Migrants are not a threat to the EU but our policies are a threat to them” - Caritas Europa.

2015.09.01.

Irish Senator among politicians to meet Pope

Senator Rónán Mullen among eighty politicians from around the world to discuss the persecution of Christians in the Middle East with Pontiff.

2015.09.01.

UN must address migrant tragedy: Italian bishops

“We have to be careful of the fear factor that is sometimes generated on this issue and instead look at more creative ways of welcoming people into the country”: Primate.

2015.08.18.

Special prayers to be said in Cloyne for refugees

“The loss of such high numbers of innocent lives at sea resonates strongly with the Irish experience of the ‘coffin ships’ during the time of the Great Famine” – Bishop Crean.

2015.08.09.

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.

Pope voices concern for refugees stranded at sea

“A new wave of boat people, ejected by excruciating poverty and conflict from both Myanmar and Bangladesh, are adrift in the seas.”

2015.05.26.

Ireland celebrates Africa Day

Immigrant Council of Ireland warns that family rights, access to work and education as well as citizenship need to be addressed by the State.

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.

Thousands more migrants rescued at sea

Ireland has the ninth lowest number of asylum applications in the EU, with just 6,560 people having sought asylum over the last five years.

2015.05.05.

Govt urged to press EU on persecuted Christians

Persecution is intensifying, Archbishop Neary warns, with ancient Christian communities driven from their lands through ethnic cleaning.

2015.04.30.

Calls for EU-wide response to migrant drownings

“I make a heartfelt appeal to the international community to react decisively and quickly to see to it that such tragedies are not repeated" - Pope Francis.

2015.04.20.

Pope prays for Syria and Kenya in Urbi et Orbi

"May the international community not stand by before the immense humanitarian tragedy unfolding in these countries."

2015.04.06.

Marist Mission Ranong thanks Misean Cara

Marist Education and Community Centre provides kindergarten, secondary level education, and child support programmes for Burmese migrant children.

2015.01.15.

Too many in ‘limbo’ warns Immigrant Council

Failure to introduce a fair immigration service is impacting on individuals and families on a daily basis.

2015.01.02.

Bishop welcomes Obama’s move on undocumented

Undocumented’s family life in the US often curtailed by daily stress and constant fear of arrest and deportation.

2014.11.22.

Pope focuses on slavery for World Day of Peace

This social plague remains all too real in today’s world Pontiff warns.

2014.08.22.

JRS Ireland quiz EU stance on forced migration

Only 10 EU member states responded to UNHCR appeal on behalf of Syrian refugees.

2014.05.22.
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