Bishop Vincent Long Van Nguyen OFM Conv, chairman of the Bishops Commission for Social Justice, also welcomed the Australian Labor Party’s pledge to appoint an independent children’s advocate to represent the interests of children seeking asylum and legislating to impose mandatory reporting of child abuse.
“The crisis of millions of asylum seekers around the world is the lack of a durable solution to their plight,” he said.
“There is an effort to influence policy by articulating the argument about why they should be afforded respect, dignity and a durable solution: It is because they are part of our human family. We have a responsibility to others, but above all to that which considers the common good of all.
“As millions of people in Australia and all over the world prepare to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, the exiled Holy Family of Nazareth, fleeing into Egypt, is the archetype of every refugee family.
“Jesus, Mary and Joseph are, for all time and all places, the models and protectors of every migrant, pilgrim and refugee of whatever kind, who are forced to leave their native land, beloved parents and relatives, close friends, and to seek safety and freedom in a foreign soil.”
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