|Kosovo Crisis||AUSTRALIAN CATHOLIC CHURCH READY TO ASSIST||
The Catholic Church, particularly through its Migrant and Refugee agencies, stands ready to assist in the temporary settlement of refugees from Kosovo in Australia.
In a statement released on Sunday, the Bishops' Committee for Migrants and Refugees welcomed the Government's generous offer to accept 4000 Kosovo Albanian refugees for temporary stay in Australia.
Committee Chairman Bishop Barry Hicked said: "We await instructions from the Department of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs as to how Catholic Church agencies may assist in the crisis.
"However, the Committee hoeps that this humanitarian gesture will not be demeaned by the introduction of special legislation preventing application by these refugees to remain permanently in Australia."
|12:22pm 13/4/99 / Aust Cath Bishops' Conf|