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Manus shooting calls us to do better

29th May 2017Fr Andy Hamilton SJIn recent weeks we have been shown the suffering inflicted on people who seek protection in Australia. We should hold them in our hearts.  The horror of the attack by PNG soldiers on refugees on Manus Island on Good Friday and the shameful…

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Palm Sunday presents an opportunity for us to welcome refugees

21 March 2017By Tim McKennaPope Francis regularly calls on us to welcome people seeking our protection. The Australian bishops’ 2015 statement called for justice for asylum seekers, in particular condemning their prolonged detention in Australia and offshore. Last year the bishops re-iterated this condemnation stating ‘It is time…

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Turning spikes of torment into fronds of welcome

21 March 2017By Andy Hamilton SJDate palm branches are double edged. The fronds are soft and sift the air as they are waved in celebration. They are waved as a symbol of victory for a visiting king. Towards the junction with the trunk, though, the unfurled fronds are…

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Open statement calling for immediate action on offshore detention

FEBRUARY 3, 2017We, as a coalition of organisations and community groups from around Australia, are writing to express our concern regarding the humanitarian crisis that Australia has created.Successive Australian governments have managed and funded offshore detention camps on Manus Island and Nauru. The people detained there are clearly…

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Our Christmas message of hope

20 December 2016 By Andrew Hamilton SJ   Each Christmas morning I celebrate Mass at Melbourne’s Ozanam House with homeless men, and later with people imprisoned at the Immigration Detention Centre.  Each mass makes me ask why they would want to celebrate Christmas. And each highlights for me…

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Why we should be thinking of refugee children this International Migrants Day

By Andrew Hamilton SJ 18 December 2016   This year international migrant’s day, held on December 18, has called for children to be released from detention. It is appropriate that an event held in the shadow of Christmas should advocate for children. For they lie at the heart…

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World Human Rights Day – Saturday December 10

9 December 2016 By Andy Hamilton SJ   Human Rights Day nestles close to Christmas.  That is appropriate. They have the same message: each human being is precious and should be respected. Christmas says this in soft ways with a hard edge.  It is about God loving each…

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Five reasons to welcome US Manus deal

Frank Brennan 13 November 2016 The Turnbull government has struck a deal with the USA which provides hope at last for the 1600 proven refugees on Manus Island and Nauru. There’s still a lot of work to be done before these refugees, including children, can get on with…

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