I can

fight indifference

More than 12,000 students nationally participated in our National Week of Prayer & Action to show solidarity to refugees and call on our government to show compassion and #BringThemHere.

Check out some of the school actions.


I can

get informed

Read the Australian Catholic Bishops’ 2015 – 16 Social Justice Statement: “For those who’ve come across the seas: justice for refugees and asylum seekers.”

Read the Bishops Social Justice Statement


I can

join with others for change

The Catholic Church in Australia has added to calls for the government to #BringThemHere and has offered to provide housing, education, health and social services.

Read CAPSA’s commitment to coordinate this response.


We can do better

Check out a snapshot of the more than 120 schools who took part in our National Day of Prayer & Action in September.

Australia’s treatment of people seeking asylum ought to reflect our collective values of solidarity, compassion, respect for human dignity, and our desire to do good – not harm.

When we offer 12,000 Syrians safe haven, we do good and honour our values. When we send people seeking safety to an unsafe environment on Nauru and Manus Island, we do harm.

We can do better.

The Catholic Alliance for People Seeking Asylum (CAPSA) calls for the government to stop putting people in harm’s way. CAPSA calls for better treatment of people in need, and policies that reflect our common values.

What I can do?

I can get informed

Confused about the facts? Find out where you can access reliable information including updates about what Catholics are doing in support people seeking asylum …

I can help

Looking for a way to help people seeking asylum in your local community? See how you can share your skills …


I can stand up for change

Want your voice to be heard? Looking for ways to speak out against the harsh treatment of people seeking asylum in Australia? Find out ways to effectively advocate …

What I am doing

Sayed is Afghani, married with 6 children. He made the journey to Australia on his own. His wife and 6 children are refugees in Pakistan. I also have 6 kids so his experience seemed both familiar and incomprehensible to me.


Sunshine, Victoria

What I am doing

I have come to see that my faith is concerned with seeking a personal relationship with Jesus and it is in sharing the struggles and hopes of my asylum seeker friends that I encounter Jesus and deepen my relationship with him

Peter Ardnt

Brisbane, Queensland

What I am doing

Hearing people’s stories of persecution and injustice has helped me to see beyond media headlines to the stories of real people


Footscray, Victoria photo credit: Fiona Basile

Latest News & Events

CAPSA Advent Litrugy Resources

We've compiled a range of prayers, reflections and resources for you to use during Advent. They all focus on refugees and people seeking asylum and how we might say #refugeeswelcome

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Catholic Alliance for People Seeking Asylum welcomes government announcement to resolve the crises on Nauru and Manus Island

The Catholic Alliance for People Seeking Asylum (CAPSA) today welcomed the announcement that the Australian Government will work with the United States of America to resettle some of the refugees languishing in offshore detention centres.

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CAPSA echoes calls to bring asylum seekers and refugees to Australia

Following the release of Amnesty International’s shocking report Island of Despair: Australia’s “Processing” of Refugees on Nauru, the Catholic Alliance for People Seeking Asylum (CAPSA) has expressed support for calls by the human rights organisation, for the “Government of Australia to immediately close down the Nauru processing operation and to bring all asylum-seekers and refugees in Nauru to Australia”.

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