OCEANIA/AUSTRALIA - Week of prayer and action for asylum seekers: the Church calls for a fair trial and integration

Monday, 17 June 2019 migrants   refugees   human rights   prayer   justice  

Sydney (Agenzia Fides) - "We invite everyone to participate in the 'National Week of Prayer and Action' (16-22 June) which this year coincides with both the 'Refugee Week' and the first 100 days of the newly elected government: it is a crucial moment to launch a strong message of compassion for those seeking asylum. Schools, parishes, networks and organizations will come together to pray, act and raise awareness of the importance of opening up to people who seek acceptance in our communities. To concretize the request of Pope Francis to host, protect, promote and integrate migrants and refugees, we ask everyone to act together with the members of the whole Catholic community of Australia". This is what the Catholic Alliance for People Seeking Asylum (CAPSA), a forum of various Australian Catholic organizations that is fighting for the rights of asylum seekers, declares in a note sent to Agenzia Fides.
As stated in the note, the initiative, which aims to raise awareness regarding a different aspect of the phenomenon every year, this year calls to guarantee "a fair trial for people seeking asylum.
The initiative takes place in conjunction with the Refugee Week: from 16 to 22 June, which represents the most important annual appointment on the subject of immigration in Australia. This year companies, groups, communities, schools and individuals have been asked to organize a meal during which they must listen to the stories of the "Refugee Ambassadors". This can be done by inviting a refugee directly to the event or by watching video testimonies prepared by the organizers of the Week. "Food - says CAPSA network - is one of the best ways we can bring people together and share our cultures. This is why we invite you to "share a meal, share a story", as the theme of the year states". (LF) (Agenzia Fides, 17/6/2019)