You are Catholics
"I was a stranger and you welcomed me"
“Love one another as I have loved you”
“When a stranger stays with you in your land, do him no wrong. He shall be to you as the native among you. Love him as yourself for you have been strangers in the land of Egypt.”
“Whatever you do to the least of my brothers and sisters you do to me”
"All refugees are children of God"
“Treated as a burden, a problem, a cost, instead you are a gift, You are the testament to how our gracious and merciful God can transform the pain and injustice that you suffer into a love for all.
For, each one of you can be a bridge that unites distant peoples, which makes the meeting of different cultures and religions possible, a
road to rediscover our common humanity,”
“The Gospel calls on us to be ‘neighbours’ of the smallest and most abandoned.” and that through helping these refugees in a time of need, God will see your actions and reward you in the end."
“Human life is sacred because from its beginning it involves the creative action of God and it remains forever in a special relationship with the creator, who is its sole end. God alone is the Lord of life from its beginning until its end: no one under any circumstances claim for himself the right directly to destroy an innocent human being” 2258 CCC.
61 % of refugees resettled in 2010 had at least high school education prior to their settlement in Australia.
Almost 16% arrived in Australia with a university degree
7.5% had a degree from a trade college or TAFE equivalent
92% of the refugees they have placed into TAFE courses in Victoria and have successfully completed their course.
“ If accepting a refugee person like me takes away Australian jobs and benefits, and is costly to the country, then aren’t we taking away the benefits of people that refugee person will touch in the future?
“ Human interdependence is increasing and gradually spreading throughout the world, the unity of the human family, embracing people who enjoy equal natural dignity, implies a universal common good’’ CCC 1911
Do you have the courage to accept this responsibility given to us by God?