The Centro Astalli
The Astalli Center is the seat of the Italian Jesuit Service for Refugees-JRS. For over thirty years, it has been involved in many activities and services that are intended to accompany, serve and defend the rights of those who arrive in Italy fleeing war and violence, often even from torture. The Centro Astalli aims to make the public aware of the refugees, their history and the reasons that brought them this far.
The Centro Astalli started its activities in 1981 in via the Astalli in Rome, accepting the appeal of Father Pedro Arrupe, SJ, then Superior General of the Society of Jesus, in the fall of 1980, deeply affected by the tragedy of thousands of Vietnamese boat people fleeing their war-torn country. He urged the Jesuits worldwide to “bring at least a little ‘of relief to this tragic situation.” Thus was born the Jesuit Service for Refugees-JRS, which now operates in over 50 countries worldwide.
Find out more about the Centro Astalli here (please note website in Italian)