Catholic Religious Australia has endorsed the two Global Compacts on Migration and Refugees adopted by the United Nations recently.
Sr Monica Cavanagh says the church is delighted to endorse both Compacts – at this critical time, they so clearly support the human rights and dignity of all.
As a concerted response to the unprecedented global movements of people across the world, these Compacts have developed new possibilities for international co-operation.
She says in the face of increasing pressures of such historic movements, they are a clear embodiment of the call to us as an international community to co-operate and respond together in just and humane ways.
While affirming this decision, however, religious leaders are deeply concerned about the Australian Government’s refusal to join 164 other countries and endorse the accompanying Compact on Migration.