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France: Pope Francis visits European Parliament
Berlin, Brussels, London, Paris, Rome, Valletta, 24 November 2014 – On the occasion of Pope Francis’s speech before the European Parliament in Strasbourg on 25 November, the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) urges European countries to remain faithful to one of the fundamental values underpinning the European Union by showing concrete solidarity with migrants and refugees and ensuring fully-fledged joint search and rescue operations in the Mediterranean.
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Australia: shutting the door in the face of a global humanitarian crisis
Rome, Yogyakarta, 21 November 2014 – The Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) observes with deep sadness yet another sudden retroactive change in Australian government policy towards people seeking international protection in southeast Asia. Yesterday, the government of Australia announced its decision to stop the resettlement of refugees who had registered with the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) in Indonesia on or after the 1 July 2014. The number of refugees resettled by Australia from Indonesia will also be further reduced in 2015.
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Rome: Fr Nicolás encourages hospitality on the frontiers
Rome, 21 November 2014 – Yesterday, on the on thirty-fourth anniversary of the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS), more than 250 people gathered to hear Fr Adolfo Nicolás, Superior General of the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits), discuss Hospitality on the Frontiers. In his discussion with the Director of the Holy See Press Office, Fr Federico Lombardi, Fr Nicolás encouraged governments and citizens to open their doors to refugees, recognising service to refugees as "Gospel hospitality in action."
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Democratic Republic of Congo: time to take strong measures to protect children from armed conflict
20 November 2014 – Twenty-five years after the UN General Assembly adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), ratified by the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in 1990, Child Soldiers International and the Jesuit Refugee Service remain concerned by widespread abuses committed against children by armed forces and armed groups. Although significant progress has been made to protect children from armed conflict in the DRC, there is still a long way to go to prevent the recruitment of children, improve assistance to former child soldiers, and end impunity.
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Fr Superior Nicolás and Fr Lombardi together to talk about refugees
Rome, 20 November 2014 – In commemoration of the 34th anniversary of the foundation of the Jesuit Refugee Service, Fr Adolfo Nicolás, Superior General of the Society of Jesus, will discuss the challenges of the reception of refugees with Fr Federico Lombardi, Director of the Press Office of the Holy See.
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Rome: testimony of a Syrian refugee in Italy, Tareq
Rome, 20 November 2014 My name is Tareq, and I'm 28 years of age. I'm Syrian from Damascus. Today, I'm a refugee in Italy. In Syria, I studied languages at university. I left my home city shortly after I graduated to avoid compulsory conscription. I didn't want to go to war. I hate weapons. That way, I had no alternative but to flee and seek asylum.
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Rome: hope and fear – testimony of a Syria Jesuit
Rome, 20 November 2014 – When the uprising began in Syria, there was great hope and fear. Syrians of all colours knew reform was vital, but that it would come at a heavy cost. Some were hopeful and encouraged the reform movement, others, more fearful, resisted it. There was extremism and moderation in both camps.
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Rome: a sign of God’s presence
Rome, 20 November 2014 – It is a great honour for the Jesuit Refugee Service to have Fr General Nicolás among us to commemorate this most symbolic day. Our gratitude goes also to Fr Lombardi, to Vatican Radio and to all those whose presence have made this gathering possible today.
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Rome: let's open the door to asylum seekers
Rome, 20 November 2014 – In a time when the cries of innocent victims of grave humanitarian crises fleeing war and persecution can be heard close to our borders, the response of Europe and Italy has never been more hesitant and contradictory.
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South Sudan: pastoral accompaniment as a sign of God's presence
Lobone, 19 November 2014 – Faith plays a pivotal role in the experience of refugees. Ignoring this reality would be tantamount to ignoring the huge potential of faith to help refugees cope resiliently with the hardships they face, and to look beyond the present to a future of hope. While respecting the faith of all refugees, JRS offers pastoral services for Catholic refugees in response to need, distinctly from other services. Richard Dwyer says that for many refugees, the presence of a priest is a symbol and a practical sign of God's presence.
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