On 13 October 2016, the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference released a statement supporting the "Bring Them Here" campaign urging the government to close the offshore detention centres in Nauru and Manus Island and allow asylum seekers to stay in Australia while their claims are being decided upon.
The President of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, Archbishop Denis Hart says, "The Australian Catholic Bishops also deplore the detention of our brothers and sisters on Nauru and Manus Island. While recognising the effort of the Government to find a solution, we say that enough is enough. We call on the Government to bring offshore detainees to Australia while awaiting further decisions on their future.
"We endorse the campaign to ‘Bring Them Here’ to Australia. We pledge the help of our Catholic communities and institutions to welcome and support these refugees when they arrive, including Catholic health, education and social services."
Sign this petition here from the Refugee Council of Australia to show your support for treating asylum seekers with compassion and Christian love.