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Legacy of mercy lives on

The legacy of the Year of Mercy lives on as Caritas Archdiocese of Birmingham awards £5,000 to charities that support vulnerable refugees and migrants. Brushstrokes Community Project and Solihull Welcome have each received £2,500 to support their work. The payments are the last from a special collection taken by parishes across the Archdiocese during the…


Brushstrokes part of new national strategy on asylum

Brushstrokes Community Project today announced its involvement in a new national coalition seeking to transform the support offered to people seeking asylum. Brushstrokes, a partnership project of Father Hudson’s Care, the Infant Jesus Sisters and the Parish of St Philip Neri, reaches out to refugees, asylum seekers and the hidden poor in and around Sandwell….

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Fatima House Open Day 2018: Celebrating two years of hospitality in Birmingham

Mauricio Silva, Columban IRD and Fatima House Coordinator, writes about the second anniversary of Fatima House, a project which offers accommodation to destitute female asylum seekers. On Friday 15th of June, Fatima House opened its doors to welcome friends and supporters. The occasion marked the second anniversary of this project, which offers sanctuary to asylum…

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Lord Mayor shares moment of encounter at Fatima House

Sitting in a quiet living room in Birmingham, sharing tea and cake, four women spoke about their journeys to get to that point, fleeing their countries of origin and seeking refuge, alone, in a foreign land. Such was the scene as Councillor Anne Underwood, Lord Mayor of Birmingham, visited Fatima House in January. Here she met…

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Archbishop Bernard joins residents to celebrate Fatima House anniversary

On 16 September, Archbishop Bernard Longley shared dinner with the women staying at Fatima House, to celebrate its first anniversary. Gathered round the communal dining table, Archbishop Bernard broke bread with residents and other guests. The women cooked dishes from their home countries, resulting in a wonderful array of cuisines. Residents talked about their lives and…