Palm Sunday Walk Looks To Hope For Refugees
On Sunday, 9 April 2017 thousands walked in solidarity for refugees, despite dire weather forecasts. 200 people met initially at St Patrick's Cathedral for prayer, led by Fr Joe Caddy, Episocal Vicar for Social Services.
Fr Joe recalled the first Palm Sunday and Passion Week when Jesus suffered injustice and death at the hand of the ruling authorities. He drew a parallel between Jesus's treatment and that of many refugees who have sought Australia's protection. In pointing to the Resurrection, Fr Joe expressed hope that there will be a good outcome for those seeking Australia's assistance.
We then walked in procession from the Cathedral to the State Library and joined with thousands of generous people, keen to stand for those seeking protection. We listened to speakers and walked in the conviction that we will see the deep injustices in Australia, Christmas, Manus and Nauru Islands resolved, with humane outcomes for refugees.
Until that day comes, we must continue to stand up for, and welcome refugees.