ACMRO News February 2019

Holy Mass for the opening of the Meeting “Free from Fear”

On 15 February 2019 the Holy Father Francis travelled to the Fraterna Domus of Sacrofano, Rome, to celebrate the Holy Mass for the opening of the Meeting “Free from fear”, promoted and organized by the Migrantes Foundation of the Italian Episcopal Conference, by Italian Caritas and the Astalli Centre from 15 to 17 February 2019.

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ACMRO News January 2019

Save The Date

ACMRO 6th National Conference
6-7 August 2019
Missionary Clergy and Religious in Australia: Challenges and Opportunities

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ACMRO News December 2018

ICMC: An Introduction to the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration

The recently adopted Migration Compact can transform the lives of nearly 250 million migrants around the world. But what is it, exactly? Why and how was it developed? What is it trying to achieve? How will it change the reality of migrants? Does it have shortcomings? And what role can NGOs play in its implementation?

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ACMRO News November 2018

What Are the “Global Compacts” and How Will They Affect Migrants and Refugees?

Geneva, 27 November 2018 - In December 2018, UN member states will adopt the Global Compact for Migration and the Global Compact on Refugees. These international agreements introduce a new, comprehensive approach to address the needs of migrants and refugees around the world.

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ACMRO News October 2018

Address by Pope Francis to the General Chapter of the Congregation of the Missionaries of St Charles, Scalabrinians

I am pleased to meet you on the occasion of your General Chapter and to address to each one of you my cordial greeting, starting with the new Superior General, whom I thank for his words and to whom I wish all the best for his ministry.

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ACMRO News September 2018

Australian Catholic Migrant and Refugee Office launched Third Volume of Thinking Migration

In His message on the occasion of the 104th World Day of Migrants and Refugees, Pope Francis wrote that:“Every stranger who knocks at our door is an opportunity for an encounter with Jesus Christ, who identifies with the welcomed and rejected strangers of every age”. (Matthew 25:35-43).

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ACMRO News August 2018

8th Annual Bishop Joe Grech Memorial Colloquium on Ethics and Migration

On 22 August 2018, the Australian Catholic Migrant and Refugee Office and Australian Catholic University, Melbourne collaborated in hosting the 8th Annual Bishop Joseph Grech Memorial Colloquium on Ethics and Migration.

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ACMRO News July 2018

ACMRO Media Release: Manus Island: Five years on

On 19 July 2013, the then Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, and Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea, Peter O’Neill, signed the regional resettlement agreement between Australia and Papua New Guinea.

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ACMRO News June 2018

Priest leading national support for refugees, migrants says parishes need to ‘hear their cry’

Fr Maurizio Pettena firmly believes the key to welcoming migrants and refugees into parish life is listening to their stories. “Let’s be attentive to details,” Fr Pettena, director of the Australian Catholic Migrant and Refugee Office said, launching the 104th World Day of Migrants and Refugees to be held on Sunday, August 26.

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ACMRO News May 2018

ACMRO Kit 2018

“Welcoming, protecting, promoting and integrating migrants and refugees”

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ACMRO News April 2018

A Joint Catholic Statement on SRSS Income Cuts for People Seeking Asylum in Australia

The Status Resolution Support Service (SRSS) is a vital safety net for people seeking asylum in Australia. It provides basic income support, casework services, and access to torture and trauma counselling services to many women, men, and children.

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ACMRO News March 2018

International Catholic Migration Commission Meeting: 6-8 March 2018

I offer you a warm welcome on the occasion of this Plenary Council of the International Catholic Migration Commission. I thank your President, Cardinal Njue, who has a good sense of humour, for his greeting and his brief overview of your work.

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ACMRO News January 2018

Mass for World Day of Migrants and Refugees

On Sunday, 14 January 2018 Pope Francis presided at mass at St Peter's Basilica, for the celebration of World Day of Migrants and Refugees. Below are excerpts of his homily. The Catholic Church in Australia celebrates Migrant and Refugee Sunday on the last Sunday in August. This year it will be celebrated on 26 August 2018.

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ACMRO News November 2017

ACMRO Media Statement - Closure of Manus Island Regional Processing Centre

The safety and wellbeing of over 600 asylum seekers on Manus Island are at risk following the closure of the regional processing centre. These men, most of whom are proven refugees were held in mandatory and indefinite detention under an agreement between the Australian and PNG Governments. Now after more than 4 years, this agreement has not worked.

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ACMRO News October 2017

Rohingya – Frequently asked Questions, by Cardinal Charles Bo

What does everyone generally ask as they try to understand who are the Rohingya’s? With this in mind, Salesian Cardinal Charles Bo of Yangon (Myanmar), which His Eminence has provided to ZENIT on Oct. 4, 2017, responded to various such questions to help people better understand.

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ACMRO News September 2017

Papal Launch of Share the Journey Campaign

On 27 September 2017 Pope Francis launched Caritas’ Share the Journey Campaign during the Wednesday General Audience in St Peter’s Square.

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ACMRO News August 2017

Migrant and Refugee Week in the Catholic Church: 21-27 August 2017

On 21-27 August 2017, the Catholic Church in Australia celebrated the contribution migrants have made in our communities. This week-long celebration culminated with Migrant and Refugee Sunday, on 27 August.

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ACMRO News July 2017

Call for Australia to ensure safety of those seeking asylum in our region

“Mr Filippo Grandi, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, yesterday made the statement that, ‘Australia’s policy of offshore processing in Papua New Guinea and Nauru…has caused extensive, avoidable suffering for far too long.’”

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2 WEEKS TO GO! ACMRO National Conference 19-20 July 2017

Cast into the deep

Dear Friends,
With two weeks to the ACMRO National Conference, I would like to write to you for your continued assistance in promoting this important event in the life of the Catholic Church in Australia.

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ACMRO News April 2017

Urbi et Orbi

Pope Francis has delivered his traditional message from the central loggia of St Peter’s Basilica.

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ACMRO News March 2017

ACMRO Fifth National Conference on Pastoral Care in a Multicultural Church and Society

We are pleased to announce that the registration for the ACMRO’s Fifth National Conference on Pastoral Care of Migrants and Refugees is now officially open!

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ACMRO News February 2017

International Forum on "Migration and Peace"

Address by Pope Francis

Migration, in its various forms, is not a new phenomenon in humanity’s history. It has left its mark on every age, encouraging encounter between peoples and the birth of new civilizations. In its essence, to migrate is the expression of that inherent desire for the happiness proper to every human being, a happiness that is to be sought and pursued...

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ACMRO News January 2017

Vatican's Migrant and Refugee Section - First Media Campaign

In the lead up to the 103rd World Day for Migrants and Refugees in Italy on 15 January 2017, the Migrant and Refugee Section of the Dicastery for the Promotion of Integral Human Development launched its first media campaign to raise awareness about the issues surrounding the refugee crisis engulfing Europe over the last few years.

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ACMRO News November 2016

Pope Francis on Sweden and Migration: In-flight Press Conference 1 November 2016

Pope Francis, on his return trip to Rome from Sweden was asked the following question regarding Sweden and the current European migration crisis.

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ACMRO News October 2016

Pope Francis Appeals for Peace in Iraq

After the Angelus on 23 October 2016, Pope Francis expressed his solidarity with the people of Iraq and in particular those in Mosul. He prayed for those in the city of Mosul in particular as '...hearts are shocked by the heinous acts of violence that for too long are being committed against innocent citizens...'.

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ACMRO Migrant and Refugee Sunday 2016 News

ACMRO Migrant and Refugee Sunday 2016 News

On 28 August 2016, the Catholic Church in Australia commemorated the 102nd World Day of Migrants and Refugees.

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News July 2016

Sixth Annual Bishop Joe Grech Memorial Colloquium - 25 August 2016

On 25 August 2016, as part of the commemorations for Migrant and Refugee Sunday 2016,

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News June 2016

ACMRO Migrant and Refugee Kit 2016

On 23 June 2016, the Australian Catholic Migrant and Refugee Office published this year’s issue of the Migrant and Refugee Kit.

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News May 2016

Pope Francis' Meeting With Refugee Children

On the 28th of May 2016, Pope Francis has held meeting with hundreds of children at the Vatican.

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News April 2016

Papua New Guinea Supreme Court Decision

The decision of the Papua New Guinea Supreme Court that the detention of asylum seekers on Manus Island is illegal is a welcome sign of hope for those currently in detention on Manus Island, Fr Maurizio Pettenà, Director of the Australian Catholic Migrant and Refugee Office, said today.

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News March 2016

Easter: A Message Of Life For All Those Who Live At The Margins

Pope Francis, since the very beginning of his papacy, has had the ability to focus the attention of the Church and of the world on the human beings who live on the margins of society.

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News February 2016

Media Statement from Bishop Vincenet Long Van Nguyen OFM Conv

Australian Catholic Bishops Delegate for Refugees regarding the High Court's decision on offshore processing.

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News January 2016

Words of welcome - 2016

Fr Maurizio Pettena CS - National Director ACMRO

Dear Friends,
I would like to take this opportunity to express my hope that you all had a blessed Christmas and New Year.

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News November 2015

UNHCR 2015 NGO Consultation

"In Pursuit of Solutions"
On 23-24 November the ACMRO was invited to attend the UNHCR Annual NGO Consultation. The theme for the meetings was 'In Pursuit of Solutions'.

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News October 2015

Episcopal Vicars and Catholic Immigration Offices Meeting

14-15 October 2015
Directors and Episcopal Vicars for Migration from Diocesan and Archdiocesan Catholic Immigration Offices gathered in Canberra on 14-15 October for the second of its annual meetings.

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News September 2015

2015-2016 Social Justice Statement

The title of the 2015-2016 Social Justice Statement has been taken from the second verse of the National Anthem. In this Social Justice Statement, Australia’s Bishops ask us to re-examine our responses to refugees and asylum seekers.

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News July 2015

The Option to Turn Back Boats

By Fr Maurizio Pettena cs
ACMRO National Director

In the current debate on how to stop boat arrivals, the question to consider is how should Australia respond?

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News May 2015

Bishop Vincent Long Van Nguyen elected Bishop Delegate to ACMRO

At the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference plenary meetings earlier this month, Bishop Vincent Long Van Nguyen was elected Bishop Delegate to the ACMRO. Bishop Long is an Auxiliary Bishop in the Archdiocese of Melbourne.

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News March 2015

Moss Review

The Moss review - a report relating to recent allegations of conditions and circumstances at the regional processing centre in Nauru was released last week Friday. Some of the findings in the review highlight incidents of rape, indecent assault and sexual harassment.

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News February 2015

IOM may assist in Nauru-Cambodia refugee relocation

IOM has announced that at the request of three of its Member States - Cambodia, Nauru and Australia – it will develop a program aimed at facilitating the relocation and integration of refugees from Nauru to Cambodia.

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News April 2014

Hearing the Evidence

On the 14 March 2014 the Australian Human Rights Commission held its first public hearing to receive evidence about the conditions faced by children in immigration detention.

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News March 2014

What the Catholic Church Teaches on Asylum and Migration

The Australian Catholic Migrant and Refugee Office launched a pamphlet yesterday on what the Catholic Church teaches about the pastoral care and rights of asylum seekers and migrants.

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News February 2014

New National Inquiry into Children in Immigration Detention 

Ten years ago, the Australian Human Rights Commission produced its report, ‘A Last Resort? National Inquiry into Children in Immigration Detention’.

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News January 2014

Crossing Borders

On Friday 14th February, the University of Notre Dame will host a one-day symposium of lectures and public discussion on the mental health issues that asylum seekers and their families face in relocating to Australia.

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