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Migrant and Refugee Week: It’s Not Just About Migrants


This week we recognise Migrant and Refugee week. Below is an extract from Pope Francis, which challenges us in many ways.

Message of His Holiness Pope Francis for the World Day of Migrants and Refugees

It’s Not Just About Migrants

“Dear Brothers and Sisters,

“Faith assures us that in a mysterious way the Kingdom of God is already present here on earth (cf. Gaudium et Spes, 39).  Yet in our own time, we are saddened to see the obstacles and opposition it encounters.  Violent conflicts and all-out wars continue to tear humanity apart; injustices and discrimination follow one upon the other; economic and social imbalances on a local or global scale prove difficult to overcome.  And above all it is the poorest of the poor and the most disadvantaged who pay the price.

“The most economically advanced societies are witnessing a growing trend towards extreme individualism which, combined with a utilitarian mentality and reinforced by the media, is producing a “globalization of indifference”.  In this scenario, migrants, refugees, displaced persons and victims of trafficking have become emblems of exclusion. In addition to the hardships that their condition entails, they are often looked down upon and considered the source of all society’s ills.  That attitude is an alarm bell warning of the moral decline we will face if we continue to give ground to the throw-away culture.  In fact, if it continues, anyone who does not fall within the accepted norms of physical, mental and social well-being is at risk of marginalization and exclusion.

“For this reason, the presence of migrants and refugees – and of vulnerable people in general – is an invitation to recover some of those essential dimensions of our Christian existence and our humanity that risk being overlooked in a prosperous society.  That is why it is not just about migrants. When we show concern for them, we also show concern for ourselves, for everyone; in taking care of them, we all grow; in listening to them, we also give voice to a part of ourselves that we may keep hidden because it is not well-regarded nowadays.”

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Mrs Trish Schofield, Deputy Principal – Faith and Mission