THE HUMAN DIGNITY OF ASYLUM SEEKERS COMES BEFORE NATIONAL INTERESTS

Human Dignity is the basis of the Catholic Bishops’ statement. “Each and everyone of us must rise above indifference and have the courage to open our hearts to asylum seekers, to listen to their hopes, to empathise with their despair and to welcome them into our community, “ said Bishop Gerard Hanna, representing the Bishops of Australia.
The Catholic Bishops of Papua New Guinea are concerned that Australia is asking the people of PNG to show a level of generosity far beyond their economic means.
The Catholic Migrant and Refugee Office says “An alternative way to prevent tragedies at sea is to accept more refugees from source countries and provide the possibility of reaching Australia through a regular legal pathway.”

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