Posts Tagged “statement”

Lampedusa Ecumenical Statement

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Lampedusa Ecumenical Statement

The organisations which arranged the “Living and witnessing the border” conference in Palermo and Lampedusa issued a joint statement which emphasised the gospel imperatives to welcome, protect and nourish. CTBI’s Christine Elliott attended the conference and will post her reflections on the event which coincided with the fourth anniversary of the 3 October 2013 loss…

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Bishop Angaelos: God instructs us to provide refuge and hospitality indiscriminately

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Bishop Angaelos: God instructs us to provide refuge and hospitality indiscriminately

His Grace Bishop Angaelos is the General Bishop of the Coptic Orthodox Church in the UK. This week he spoke out about conflict, national security and the provision of refuge for the most vulnerable. “The current state of geo-politics and the numerous terrorist attacks around our world in recent months have led to a growing…

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7 priority actions to protect all refugee and migrant children

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7 priority actions to protect all refugee and migrant children

78 organisations active in the field of children’s rights have strongly welcomed the focus on protecting children in migration at year’s European Forum on the Rights of the Child and they have identified seven priority ways in which EU leaders can better protect children. At least 1 in 3 people arriving to Greece by sea…

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Have No Fear conference statement – churches should overcome hesitation to address the public

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Have No Fear conference statement – churches should overcome hesitation to address the public

A statement has been produced based on last week’s Have No Fear conference in Lunteren, organised by the Churches’ Commission for Migrants in Europe (CCME), the Conference of European Churches (CEC), the World Council of Churches (WCC) and the Protestant Church in the Netherlands (PKN). Between 14 and 16 June, sixty representatives of churches, ecumenical…

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Joint statement from Scotland’s faith communities for International Refugee Day

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Joint statement from Scotland’s faith communities for International Refugee Day

Faith communities across Scotland have released a joint statement to mark International Refugee Day on Monday 20 June. As representatives of faith traditions and organisations assisting faith communities in the struggle against poverty we share an imperative to offer compassion and justice to those who are afraid and oppressed. We are saddened that there are…

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Bishop Lynch’s message for World Day for Migrants and Refugees

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Bishop Lynch’s message for World Day for Migrants and Refugees

Bishop Patrick Lynch is a Southwark Auxiliary and chairs the Office for Migration Policy for the Bishops’ Conference. He spoke on 11 January about the suffering of refugees: “In his message for the World Day for Migrants and Refugees on 17 January, Pope Francis invites us to respond to the challenge of migrants and refugees…

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Irish Bishops’ statement on refugees

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Irish Bishops’ statement on refugees

The Autumn 2015 General Meeting of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference discussed the issue of refugees, asylum seekers and migrants. In a statement, the Bishops affirmed and expressed gratitude to “faith-based organisations in showing leadership, collecting donations and providing vital humanitarian assistance in our dioceses – with the Saint Vincent de Paul Society standing out as…

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Bishops’ Conference calls on UK Government to expedite the Vulnerable Persons Relocation Scheme

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Bishops’ Conference calls on UK Government to expedite the Vulnerable Persons Relocation Scheme

The Bishops of England and Wales released a statement on the on-going refugee crisis after their November 2015 plenary meeting. (It follows on from their previous statement on 9 September.) They called on the UK Government to expedite the Vulnerable Persons Relocation Scheme and give it priority during the next eighteen months. “This compassionate programme…

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