“The current situation of the almost 500 refugees on Manus island – which hosts the asylum seekers rejected by Australia – causes us great suffering,” according to Salesian Fr. Ambrose Pereira, Secretary for Social Communications at the Episcopal Conference of Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands. His comments were reported January 3, 2018, by Fides News Agency.
“The refugees were brought back to Manus Island for the duration of the APEC summit,” Fr. Pereira said. “They were in different places in Port Moresby, most of them were here to receive medical treatment. And while Christmas was being celebrated here, it was

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