Responding to Refugees and Migrants: Twenty Action Points for The Global Compacts

For centuries, people on the move have received the assistance and special pastoral attention of the
Catholic Church. Today, facing the largest movement of displaced peoples in recent memory, the Church feels compelled to continue this work in solidarity with them and in cooperation with the international community. Continue reading

Message of His Holiness Pope Francis for the 104th World Day of Migrants and Refugees 2018, 14 January 2018

Every stranger who knocks at our door is an opportunity for an encounter with Jesus Christ, who identifies with the welcomed and rejected strangers of every age (Matthew 25:35-43). Continue reading

Refugees: An opportunity to grow together

If we, as a human family, insist on only ever seeing refugees as a burden, we deprive ourselves of the opportunities for solidarity that are also always opportunities for mutual learning, mutual enrichment, and mutual growth. Continue reading

My Experience with Jesuit Refugee Service

I have learnt many things since I join JRS. Meeting with refugees and asylum seekers shows me how important it is to always have hope, even in the most difficult situation. Continue reading

Open Minds, Unlock Potential

On 20 June the world observed World Refugee Day. Over 65 million people – mothers, fathers, sisters and children – are in search of safety after being forced to leave their homes by war, violence and persecution. Continue reading

A Journey of an Iraqi Survivor

I was born in Baghdad, Iraq. It was a beautiful country, the place of the holy messengers. My country is bleeding since 2003. It became like hell. The people of my country are divided into many groups based on religion and ethnicity, which lead them to fight each other and kill for nothing more than worldly pleasure. Continue reading

Accompaniment – Encountering Those Forsaken

After visiting for several days and observing the refugees’ activities, I noticed a teenage boy sitting alone in a tent, while his friends were outside. I was so curious, so I went to see him. “My name Mohammad Hasan,” he introduced himself. Continue reading

My Short Experience with JRS

My name is Gifttra, an IT student from President University. I am now in my last period of study, and I am in an ongoing formation process of Magis Jakarta, a community that helps me to know more about God. This community offers me an array of different methods in searching for God. One of it is immersion, learning while living with marginalized communities. I was placed in JRS Bogor together with my 3 friends Risha, Dony, and Ririn.
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Education for the Future: A Glimpse of Hope of Asylum Seekers and Refugees in Cisarua

For asylum seekers and refugees, to leave their country is not only leaving their home, friends, and family, but also all opportunities to learn and develop through education. However, formal education is mostly not accessible for them while in transit countries. Education is really important for asylum seekers and refugees, not only as fundamental right, but also as a source of hope to keep learning even in uncertainty, so they can get better lives once an opportunity is given. Continue reading

Because Competence and Conscience are not Enough

In this public awareness event at Loyola College Semarang, JRS presented the global refugee issues, the latest data, and shared our experience in accompanying refugees and asylum seekers to the 250 11th grader. Continue reading

Refreshment for a Day

On 17 November, life became normal again for a few hours for 10 asylum seekers and refugees detained in Immigration Detention Center (IDC) Surabaya. Spending a day at the Safari Park, sitting in nature, observing animals, to be with many people and eat in a restaurant is a luxury for them. Continue reading

JRS Fundraising at Kotabaru, Yogyakarta

On Saturday and Sunday, 12-13 September 2015, JRS Indonesia gets an opportunity to hold a public awareness and fundraising event at St Anthony of Padua Parish, Kotabaru, Yogyakarta. Continue reading