Jesuit cars torched in Malta hate crime

Cars belonging to the Jesuits were burnt in Malta in an apparent pay-back attack for publishing an anti-racism report.

Independent Catholic News reports that for the second time in as many months, arsonists burnt several Jesuit cars parked inside the college grounds at St Aloysius' College, B'Kara, over the weekend.

A similar incident took place on 16 November last year when two cars belonging to the Jesuits were burnt at Msida.

Both incidents happened immediately after a press conference held by the Jesuit Centre of Faith and Justice, closely connected to the Jesuit Refugee Service.

In November the press conference announced the publication of the proceedings of the National Conference on Racism and Xenophobia in Malta, held by the Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice, and the actions undertaken by the Maltese Jesuits to promote racial tolerance.

The latest incident followed a press conference announcing the publication of a report on the level of racism and xenophobia in Malta.

The report was commissioned by the European Union and drawn up by the Jesuit Centre of Faith and Justice, in collaboration with the Jesuit Refugee Service.

The Jesuit Refugee Service is an international Catholic organisation, at work in over 40 countries, with a mission to accompany, serve and defend the rights of refugees and forcibly displaced people.

The mission given to JRS embraces all who are driven from their homes by conflict, humanitarian disaster or violation of human rights.

Malta: arson attack on Jesuit cars (Independent Catholic News 15/3/06)

LINKS (not necessarily endorsed by Church Resources)
Jesuits in Malta: Community Cars burnt at St. Aloysius' College | National Report on Racism & Xenophobia
Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice, Malta
Jesuit Refugee Service (International)
Jesuit Refugee Service (Australia)

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16 Mar 2006