Church leaders condemn Trump ending of DACA
Kevin Clarke |
30 October 2017
The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in the United States is the latest to come under the Trump axe. This Obama-era program enabled around 800,000 so-called Dreamers – teens and young adults without documentation who were brought into the United States as children – to seek higher education and to work legally.
The administrat of US president Donald Trump has reversed this and vows to deport such people to their original countries where, having left with their parents, they may now lack family connections. The US bishops say this is a reversal of the gospel message to love the stranger. Cecily McNeill Edito
Cecily McNeill | 31 May 2017
Pope Francis has again rocked the world with his ability to speak to the heart of every creature. Last month he became the first pope to give a TED talk. His talk which was beamed from the Vatican to a live audience in Vancouver, Canada, brought the people to their feet.
Cecily McNeill | 30 June 2017
While pondering the issues in our planet this month, two stories particularly caught my eye. One is that of a Syrian violinist, Alaa Arsheed, who looks at his shattered, wartorn world through an artist’s eye, using his talent to turn his apparently hopeless situation around. The other story is about those who buy shares in a company then challenge the company’s unjust practices at board level.
Frank Brennan | 31 August 2017
What possessed Filippo Grandi, the relatively new United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, to go public last week, having a go at Australia for our government’s treatment of unvisaed asylum seekers who arrived in Australia by boat? He repeated UNHCR’s demand that Australia terminate offshore processing of asylum seekers on Nauru and Manus Island and that we not outsource our responsibilities to others, writes Frank Brennan for Eureka Street
| 31 August 2017
The NSW government has allocated $2.2 million to Catholic schools to help fund the provision of intensive English language classes for newly arrived refugee students from war-torn Syria and Iraq, reports Catholic Education Commission NSW.
| 30 September 2017
Sunday 25 September is the day when the church focuses specifically on social justice. The Australian Catholic bishops have issued a statement in which there is a 10-step program to bring us closer to justice for asylum seekers and refugees.