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AoS chaplain describes 'humbling meeting' with migrant rescue ship captain
AoS chaplain describes 'humbling meeting' with migrant rescue ship captain

An AoS port chaplain has described a poignant meeting with the captain of a ship that rescued hundreds of migrants lost at sea in a small boat. Steve Willows went on board the ship, mv Erasmusgracht, which berthed at Immingham Docks in Lincolnshire recently. He met Captain Joop van Zadel, the Dutch master of the ship, who recounted how he and his crew saved 393 Syrian refugees in the Ionian Sea in 2014. On 5 December 2014, the ship received a call from Italian coastguard asking them if they could assist a boat with people on board who needed assistance.

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Christian Peacemaker Team Reflection: St Paul and St Luke on Lesvos
Christian Peacemaker Team Reflection: St Paul and St Luke on Lesvos

In 56 AD, Luke the Evangelist, the Apostle Paul and their companions stopped on Lesvos briefly on the return trip of Paul's third missionary journey (Acts 20:14), having sailed from Assos (about 50 km away). From Mytilini they continued towards Chios (Acts 20:15). In 2016, Luke and Paul would have been picked up by coastguard ships and denied entry. Paul was a Turk and Luke a Palestinian. European governments now associate both of these nationalities with terrorism.

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London: Campaigners hold prayer vigil at Foreign Office over deaths of refugees in Mediterranean
London: Campaigners hold prayer vigil at Foreign Office over deaths of refugees in Mediterranean

More than 40 international religious peace activists highlighted the deaths of migrants and refugees in the Mediterranean and the culpability of the UK government on Friday. The gathering consisted of a silent procession to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, a public prayer vigil, and a symbolic representation of the deaths at the Home Office. Since January 1, 2015 over 65,000 refugees and migrants have crossed the Mediterranean into Europe. So far this year at least 1,800 men, women and children have drowned in their bid to reach Europe;

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JRS director protests at decision to end rescue services  for boat refugees
JRS director protests at decision to end rescue services for boat refugees

Louise Zanre, Director of Jesuit Refugee Services has added her voice to protests today at the British Government's decision to stop supporting search and rescue services in the Mediterranean that have saved the lives of thousands of refugees fleeing conflicts in the Middle East and Africa. Louise said: “The decision is unconscionable. It puts peoples’ lives at risk – and purely because of a nonsensical idea that rescuing people at sea is in some way a pull factor. People are being forced to flee across the Mediterranean in unseaworthy

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Pope prays for victims of Turkish mining disaster & migrants lost at sea
Pope prays for victims of Turkish mining disaster & migrants lost at sea

Following the catechesis of today's general audience, Pope Francis mentioned the 201 victims of the explosion in the mine in Soma, 120 kilometres from Esmima, Turkey, and the other miners, more than 400, who remain trapped underground. He said: “I invite you to pray for the miners who died yesterday in the mine of Soma, in Turkey, and for those who are still trapped in the tunnels. May the Lord welcome the deceased to His home and give comfort to their families.

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