current1You will find information on the Church's teaching on refugees and asylum seekers on several web sites. 

On the website of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, under Latest News, you will find media statements on the matter. You will find several more statements at the page of the Bishops Committee for Migrants and Refugees.

Each year, the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference publishes a statement on Social Justice Sunday (usually in September). In 2014, the statement called for a national recommitment on global poverty. 

The website of the Australian Catholic Social Justice Council provides a media release portal. Click here.

Click on Catholic Social Justice Series Papers and you will find a list of publications that include THE CALL TO HOSPITALITY: CATHOLIC TEACHING ON REFUGEES by Sandie Cornish. Note that these papers must be purchased from the Australian Catholic Social Justice Council.

You might like to search the Vatican web site,
Click on English | The Holy Father | The Roman Curia | Pontifical Councils where you will find Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant Peoples. There you will find quite a number of documents. In particular, at the end of the list is the Jubilee Charter of Rights of Displaced People.

In 1993 the Vatican (Pontifical Councils 'Cor Unum' and for Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People) published a document, Refugees: A Challenge to Solidarity. This document of 28 pages is definitely worth reading.


This material was prepared by Elizabeth Delaney sgs, Information Officer, Australian Catholic Bishops Conference. Copyright © 2005.