In open defiance of the government, church leaders around the country are invoking the historical concept of sanctuary by opening their doors to asylum seekers at risk of being returned to Nauru. Do such moral and religious precepts have a place in the control of our borders or is such well intentioned compassion misplaced? Watch this episode from April 10, 2016.
It is hard to imagine the brawn of the Australian Border Force raiding the convent where Saint Mary MacKillop’s body is entombed.
But that is the scenario North Sydney’s Sisters of St Joseph will be preparing for on Sunday, as they ready to help harbour asylum seekers the Turnbull government tries to force back to Nauru or Manus Island… Read more.
More than 100 churches across Australia and two orders of Catholic nuns are preparing to invoke the ancient Christian doctrine of “Sanctuary” in defiance of a federal government attempt to deport 267 asylum seekers at the centre of a High Court case over offshore detention… Read the full story from The Australian.
Hundreds of people have taken part in training sessions across the country to help protect asylum seekers looking for ‘sanctuary’ in churches in defiance of the federal government’s attempt to deport 267 asylum seekers to offshore detention. By Lydia Feng. Read the full story at SBS News.