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Catholic communities urge Australian Government to do more to protect people from Afghanistan

Almost 600 leaders from Catholic communities across Australia have signed letters urging the Australian Government to do more to protect people from Afghanistan, as the country’s humanitarian and human rights crisis worsens.The letters call on the Australian Government to commit to providing permanent protection to refugees on temporary…

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“People in the headlines today, disappear tomorrow”: A reflection by Andrew Hamilton SJ

  Recently the Australian Government announced that they would be putting an end to offshore processing in Papua New Guinea by the end of this year. That is a cause for celebration.  The places of detention in PNG were brutal places where many people suffered greatly. Their suffering…

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“Turning love and compassion into action”: A Call to Prayer and Action for Afghanistan

On 28th September, over 200 people from across the CAPSA community gathered together online for a webinar calling for action in Afghanistan as a part of CAPSA’s National Week of Prayer and Action 2021. Our facilitator for the evening, Sister Libby Rogerson opened the webinar reading a reflection by…

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National Week of Prayer and Action supports #ActionForAfghanistan

Members of the Catholic community across Australia are encouraged to take #ActionForAfghanistan, in support of those fleeing persecution and refugees in Australia, as part of the Catholic Alliance for People Seeking Asylum (CAPSA)’s National Week of Prayer and Action 2021. The National Week of Prayer and Action, which…

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CAPSA urges Federal Government to do more to protect Afghan refugees

The Catholic Alliance for People Seeking Asylum (CAPSA), representing leaders across the Catholic Church, health, education, refugee and social services, has called on the Morrison Federal Government to guarantee permanent visas for Afghans already in the country under temporary protection or currently being processed, and increase its intake…

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CAPSA letter to Minister Andrews Re: Protection for Afghan people seeking asylum and refugees on temporary visas in Australia

17 August 2021 The Hon. Karen Andrews MPMinister for Home AffairsParliament HouseCanberra, ACT 2600 Re: Protection for Afghan people seeking asylum and refugees on temporary visas in Australia Dear Minister, Today we write to you as the Co-Chairs of the Catholic Alliance for People Seeking Asylum (CAPSA) about…

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CAPSA letter to Minister Hawke Re: Protection for Afghan people seeking asylum and refugees on temporary visas in Australia

17 August 2021 The Hon. Alex Hawke MPMinister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs Parliament HouseCanberra, ACT 2600 Re: Protection for Afghan people seeking asylum and refugees on temporary visas in Australia Dear Minister, Today we write to you as the Co-Chairs of the Catholic Alliance…

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Migration Amendment Bill exposes people in need of protection to immense harm

The Catholic Alliance for People Seeking Asylum (CAPSA) condemns the passing of the Federal Government’s Migration Amendment (Clarifying International Obligations for Removal) Bill 2021 this week, which will expose refugees and other people in need of protection to indefinite detention and cause significant harm. The law increases the…

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