The patron saint of children and the imprisoned - and the inspiration for the modern day Father Christmas - St Nicholas was turned away at the gate of the Yarl’s Wood Detention Centre when he tried to deliver gifts to the children inside.
Twenty years after the fall of the Berlin wall, European governments must act urgently to tackle human rights abuses against migrants, asylum seekers, detainees and minorities, Amnesty International has declared.
This Sunday Christian congregations across the country will remember and pray for oppressed and persecuted people seeking sanctuary in the United Kingdom as well as for the workers at the UK Border Agency.
A church-based coalition is to be launched today in Blackburn to encourage faith-based aid projects for refugees and asylum seekers. The Sanctuary Project will draw together a range of support for some 1,200 people in the first instance.
Faith communities don't need special privileges, says Vaughan Jones. They need to be free to be the communities they are and to ensure that all members are treated as full human beings with full rights.