Catholic Religious Australia is calling for a 'National Lament' for people seeking asylum in Australia.
The National Lament is a campaign of prayer, penance and action for people seeking asylum in Australia. 'Many people throughout Australia are disturbed by the punitive and harsh policies and conditions to which people seeking asylum in Australia are being subjected,' said CRA President, Sr Annette Cunliffe rsc, in a media statement yesterday.
'The recent incident on Manus Island and the death of one person and the injury of many, highlights the lack of care and dignity in the policies of both the Government and the Opposition and the absence of awareness of their legal and moral responsibilities,' she said.
CRA is taking its inspiration from the words of Pope Francis when he visited Lampedusa.
We lament the lack of compassion for people seeking asylum in Australia,
we lament the denial of human dignity and freedom,
we lament the indifference,
we lament our inability to turn the tide, said Sr Annette.
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CRA calls for National Lament over asylum seeker treatment (Catholic Religious Australia media release)