Press Release: PNG visit affirms need for safe, secure pathways for refugees and people seeking asylum: CAPSA

PRESS RELEASE: Seven representatives from the Catholic community in Australia have returned from a visit to Papua New Guinea to listen, pray and express solidarity with people seeking asylum and refugees and gain a better understanding of the human experience and complexities of the situation.

The group has affirmed the need for the Medevac provision, which will be debated in Federal Parliament next over coming days, and called on the Federal Government to accept New Zealand’s, or any other safe and secure country’s offer to secure the future of these individuals who are now either considered refugees, or migrants in a vulnerable situation.”

Bishop Vincent Long OFM Conv, Chairman of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference Commission for Social Justice – Mission and Service and Bishop of Parramatta, says that the Catholic Church in PNG has been active in supporting refugees and people seeking asylum, both on Manus Island and in Port Moresby, where the majority of individuals now reside.

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Pictured: Catholic leaders delegation to PNG.

 

 

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