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Sts Peter and Paul Catholic Melkite parish is helping Syrian refugees to settle in Hampton Park. Parish Priest, Fr Elias Matta says that the families are very happy to be in their new country, arranging for their children to be enrolled at school and are facing up to all the challenges of settling in. 

The Australian Syrian Charity is hosting a night of Eastern Carols by Candlelight praying for Australia and the Middle East, particularly refugees, on Saturday 17 December at St Charbel Village, 45 Providence Road, Greenvale. This is an evening for the whole family and will provide a wonderful opportunity for the community to join together in prayer for the many people who are suffering, particularly in war-torn areas.
In a statement released 7 November 2016, Bishop Vincent Long OFMConv has urged Australians to reject the "cruel and unnecessary measures" of the Australian government, in its recent proposal to ban any person who has arrived by boat from 19 July 2013 from being able to apply for a visa to Australia.
2017 is the centennial of the death of St Frances Xavier Cabrini, patron saint of migrants. Dean of Faith and Mission at St Kevin’s College in Melbourne and author of Finding God’s Traces, Michael McGirr, has written an engaging piece in Australian Catholics magazine. It's timely for us in Australia to be inspired by Mother Cabrini's advocacy for migrants and displaced persons.

The peak body for Catholic Social Services in Victoria is calling for Manus Island and Nauru detention centres to be closed, and for those sent to these centres to be brought to Australia.

We know that this detention harms people, and uses them as means to another end.  The game changer is an emerging consensus that this detention is not needed to meet our immigration goals, and that Catholic and other communities are ready to assist more people to settle in Australia.

Over 300 people gathered in Thornbury on Friday evening, 30September 2016 to welcome new refugee

Asylum seekers live in the community in Victoria under a  variety of schemes. Some have access to

A recent article in Kairos, and a brief update outline the work to date with the 20+ parishes that have engaged with Catholic Social Services Victoria as part of this program of service.

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