• Wartakanlah Injil kepada segala makhluk.
    Mrk 16:15

  • 你们往普天下去, 向一切受造物宣传福音
    谷 16:15

  • Everything is possible by the power of the Holy Spirit’s Grace.
    St Arnold Janssen

  • Segala sesuatu menjadi mungkin dalam kekuatan karunia Roh Kudus.
    St. Arnold Janssen

  • 我当传教士不是为主牺牲,而是上主给我的最大恩赐
    圣福若瑟神父

  • Với sức mạnh Ân Huệ của Chúa Thánh Thần, Mọi việc đều có thể được.
    St Arnoldus Janssen

  • Preach the Gospel to the whole creation./Anh em hãy đi khắp tứ phương thiên hạ, loan báo Tin Mừng cho mọi loài thọ tạo
    Mk 16:15

  • There are many different gifts, but it is always the same Spirit.
    1 Cor 12:4

  • And the Word became flesh and lived among us.
    Jn 1:14

  • Let the word of Christ, in all its richness, find a home with you.
    Col 3:16

  • To proclaim the Good News is the first and greatest act of love of neighbour.
    St Arnold Janssen

  • 传扬天国福音是第一且最大的爱近人行动
    圣杨生•爱诺德神父

  • Có nhiều đặc sủng khác nhau, nhưng chỉ có một Thần Khí/
    1 Cor. 14:4

  • 圣言成了血肉,寄居在我们中间
    若 1:14

  • Ada rupa-rupa karunia, tetapi Roh satu
    1 Kor 12:4

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Friday, 11 April 2014 18:10

A statement from NSW Religious Institute Leaders regarding Manus Island and Nauru

A statement from NSW Religious Institute Leaders regarding Manus Island and Nauru

Manus Island regional processing facility 2012---512At their recent Executive Committee meeting, members of the Conference of Leaders of
Religious Institutes in NSW [CLRI(NSW)] expressed dismay at the policies of both major
parties that have condemned asylum seekers, attempting to reach Australia by boat, to indefinite detention at Manus Island and Nauru.

President of CLRI(NSW) Sr Laureen Dixon rsc said: “Many of our members have lived and
worked in detention centres in Papua New Guinea and other places and know that the
health, safety and welfare of asylum seekers are at grave risk in all offshore detention
centres. The recent tragedy at the Manus Island detention centre in which one man
died and many more suffered serious injuries has borne out that knowledge”.

It has been said so many times, by those who respect our international obligations under
the UN Convention on Asylum Seekers and Refugees, that it is not illegal to seek asylum
regardless of the manner of arrival. We question why politicians continue to claim,
publicly, that they are illegal and hence can be treated as criminals.

“Our opposition to these policies” Sr Laureen said “stems from our shared
commitment in faith to the command of Jesus to love God and to love our neighbour,
expressed in the care and compassion we show for those in need. As well we are guided
by the principles set out in Catholic Social Teaching especially those relating to human
dignity and care for those who have suffered misfortune”.

The Australian Government and the, now, Opposition are responsible for what
happened on Manus Island. Australia created the camps in Papua New Guinea and
Nauru. We created this risk with our desire to ‘deter’ both boat people and people
smugglers. As a result we have created racial tension in Papua New Guinea and very
probably contributed to the collapse of the rule of law in Nauru. We have driven already
desperate people to lose hope in ever finding a decent, safe haven. When people lose all
hope, despair and mental illness are the result.

“There is immense damage being done to our international reputation and to Australia’s
moral compass by the repugnant policies of both major parties,” Sr Laureen said. “We
refuse to be complicit in the implementation of these policies by our silence. CLRI(NSW)
joins with other groups and individuals to continue our opposition to these policies until
such time as a just, compassionate and humane approach to the issue of asylum-seekers
and refugees prevails”.

Sister Laureen Dixon rsc
President

(Photo: DIAC images)