Caritas and Pope Francis Launch Global Week of Action for Migrants and Refugees

June 17 to 24 marks the Global Week of Action for migrants and refugees. The activity, initiated by Caritas, is a response to Pope Francis’ appeals for those who were forced out of their homes.

Caritas organizations around the world will be holding special events and shared meals to promote the strengthening of relationships between migrants & refugees and communities. The week-long activity is a part of the organization’s two-year Share the Journey campaign which Pope Francis launched  in September 2017.

 

“In this reciprocal respect and support, there’s the solution to many problems.” – Pope Francis

 

Pope Francis supported the launching of Refugee Week in June 17, during his Sunday Angelus. He said that each of us is called to meet people forced from their homes and to ‘value their contribution’.

Mentioning the World Refugee Day, which falls on the 20th of June, Pope Francis encouraged everyone to get close with refugees “so they can better integrate into the communities which receive them. In this encounter and in this reciprocal respect and support, there’s the solution to many problems.”

Pope Francis, known to actively advocate the rights of migrants and refugees, also used his Sunday Angelis to urge States to reach an agreement on the UN Global Compacts for Migrants and Refugees. The compact, expected to be signed by States in September 2018, is a global effort to promote safe, orderly and regular migration.

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This article is based on a report by Caritas Internationalis. Edited by Aizel Dolom.
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