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Bishop Moran's statement on Zimbabwe

Posted by SCMO on 1st July 2005 in Christianity |
Statement on Zimbabwean Asylum Seekers From Bishop Peter Moran   The Archbishop of Bulawayo, Archbishop Pius Ncube was recently awarded the first Robert Burns Humanitarian Award. In his acceptance speech at Culzean Castle in Ayrshire, he raised his concerns about the forced return of ˜failed asylum seekers to Zimbabwe saying;   ˜It also saddens me that the British Government since September last year has embarked on forced repatriation of Zimbabweans who are asylum seekers. They fled from harassment, torture, and a threat to their lives and they will be made to suffer when they are returned. Some Zimbabweans are handcuffed, jailed and badly treated here in...

Catholic Bishops offer support to refugees

Posted by SCMO on 11th September 2015 in Christianity | Archbishop Tartaglia, refugee, crisis, support, Pope Francis
Catholic Bishops offer support to refugees. In a letter to Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, the President of Scotland’s Catholic Bishops’ Conference has offered to assist the Scottish Government in accepting refugees. Archbishop Philip Tartaglia has written in support of the First Minister’s response and "inspired by Pope Francis" to "offer the assistance of the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland in any plans that may emerge in the months to come to support and assist the new arrivals to our country" The letter sent on behalf of all of Scotland’s eight Catholic Dioceses also offers to; "place our p...

Justice and Peace National Secretary remembers Cardinal Winning and reiterates his concerns for asylum seekers.

Posted by SCMO on 17th June 2004 in Christianity |
Justice and Peace National Secretary remembers Cardinal Winning and reiterates his concerns for asylum seekers.  Today, 17th June, marks the 3rd anniversary of the death of Cardinal Thomas Winning. Richard McCready, the National Secretary of the Justice and Peace Commission of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Scotland, today praised the late Cardinal s contribution to the debate on asylum and immigration.  Dr McCready was speaking at a meeting in Edinburgh tonight (7 pm 17 June 2004) organised by Helsinki Citizens Assembly, Scotland, the topic under discussion was Scottish stories for refugee Week. Richard McCready spoke on ˜The Experience of Irish Migran...

Bishop expresses concern for the situation at the UK border

Posted by SCMO on 25th October 2019 in Blogging |
25 October 2019   Bishop William Nolan of Galloway, President of the Catholic Church’s Justice and Peace Commission, has called on the UK Government to make “safe and legal routes” available for refugees attempting to come to the UK. Bishop Nolan expressed his concerns ahead of the three-year anniversary of the refugee camp known as ‘the jungle’ in Calais being demolished, he said:   “Three years ago, the French and UK governments demolished the refugee camp known as ‘the jungle’. Many thousands of people were dispersed across France, and the infrastructure of support and solidarity provided by so many volunteers was destroyed. Three years...

Bishops Conference of Scotland Meeting: November 2015

Posted by SCMO on 23rd November 2015 in Christianity | Bishops Conference of Scotland,November 2015
...the refugee crisis, thanking the Scottish Bishops for their support was tabled.    The Department of ​Ordained Ministry and Consecrated Life submitted reports on: Pontifical Scots College, Rome (Fr Daniel Fitzpatrick) Royal Scots College, Spain (Fr Tom Kilbride)A report on the Permanent Diaconate was presented by Deacon Charles Hendry.  ​ The Department of The Lay Faithful submitted reports on: White Mass for Healthcare workers (Archbishop Tartaglia) Aid to the Church in Need and the Catholic Youth Service Scotland.    ​The Conference approved the McLellan Commissio...

Cardinal O'Brien calls on Scottish MP's to consider the implications of Asylum & Immigration Bill.

Posted by SCMO on 27th February 2004 in Christianity |
...fence for refugees to arrive in the UK without a passport unless they can provide a reason acceptable to the Home Office. Being told by an agent to destroy papers appears not to be an acceptable defence. Many vulnerable people are trafficked and are told to destroy their documents, the government should target the traffickers rather than those whom they exploit.  For further information, contact;  Dr. Richard McCready  National Secretary  Justice & Peace Commission  mobile 07711 920 760  ENDS  Peter Kearney  Director  Catholic Media Office  5 St. Vincent Place  Glasgow  G1 2DH  0141 221 1168  ...
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