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Tuesday, 02 June 2015 15:35

A gathering on mission calls for compassion

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Displaced Rohingya people in Rakhine State 2012At the recent Catholic Mission conference "Mission: One Heart, Many Voices", a gathering of religious and lay colleagues signed an open letter calling for compassion for the Rohingyas after being deeply moved by the keynote address of Mercy Sister Maryanne Loughry who spoke on refugees and forced migration.

The letter was signed by over 125 delegates at the conference and was sent to a wide variety of news outlets to encourage others to hear the cries of the poor. It begins:

“We stand together as Christians, calling for mercy for Rohingyan asylum seekers. We call on the Australian Government to display leadership in this crisis and use its influence in the region to broker safe passage for those trapped at sea.”

Read the full letter calling for compassion for Rohingyan asylum seekers.

This report was first published on 1 June 2015 at just Mercy, the monthly online newsletter of the Institute of Sisters of Mercy of Australia and Papua New Guinea (ISMAPNG).

(Featured image is a file photo of displaced Rohingya in Rakhine state from the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office Flickr feed, used under Wikipedia's Open Government License.)