3 May 2011 (Vatican Radio)⎯The Vatican’s Council for Migrants and Itinerant People President Archbishop Antonio Vegliò, and under-secretary Fr Gabriele Bentoglio are in Australia from 2 to 14 May on the invitation of the late Bishop Joseph Grech (former Bishops Delegate for the Pastoral care of Migrants and Refugees).Read more
PERTH, 8 February 2011 (CNS)—Australia's Catholic bishops praised the Australian and Afghanistan governments for signing a deal they hope will be "a shift away from ineffective and cruel policies of deterrence to control forced migration."Read more
14 July 2010—Australian Foreign Minister Stephen Smith is on his way to Indonesia for talks about plans for a regional refugee processing centre.Read more
CHRISTMAS ISLAND, 4 November 2009 (NYTimes)—Deep in the jungle on this small island lost in the Indian Ocean, Australia’s new $370 million refugee detention center reaches its full power after its lights come on at dusk. Bracketed by rain forest, steep cliffs and the sea, it rises from the enveloping darkness and becomes visible from the island’s only inhabited corner, about 10 miles away.Read more
AUSTRALIA, 17 September 2009 (Wales Online)—A boat carrying 48 suspected asylum seekers was intercepted off the northern coast of Australia in the fifth such detention in 10 days, adding fuel to a continuing political debate over immigration policy.
Urgent Call for International Response to Boat People and Other Migrants Injured or Traumatized Crossing Borders
The Bishop of Djibouti is to make a direct appeal for an urgent response to migrant victims of violence this week in Geneva.Read more