Reflecting on the courage and spirit of refugees
|"One refugee without hope is too many." - UNHCR.|
“For I was a stranger and you took me in.”
- Matthew 25:35
The Catholic Church’s refugee body is urging all Australians to reflect upon and acknowledge the courage of refugees both in Australia and around the world on World Refugee Day (Monday 20 June).
Father John Murphy of the Australian Catholic Migrant and Refugee Office (ACMRO) said that World Refugee Day was a national day of prayer for refugees, with Catholic churches focusing on the theme set by the late Pope John Paul II - ‘Intercultural Integration’.
“World Refugee Day is a salute to the indomitable spirit and courage of the world’s refugees, not just in enduring the dangers and violence of the crises that made them refugees, but also in the courage they show in rebuilding their lives and contributing to society in difficult or unfamiliar circumstances,” Fr Murphy said.
This year’s World Refugee Day coincides with the 60th anniversary of the United Nations Refugee Convention, and is being promoted by ACMRO and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).
UNHCR’s global theme for World Refugee Day 2011 is ‘One refugee without hope is too many’, a simple statement which it hopes will encourage people to reflect on how they can help the world’s 10 million refugees.
UNHCR is also urging the public to ‘Do one thing’ on World Refugee Day to show their solidarity for refugees and displaced people around the world.
The Catholic Church and all the Churches of the National Council of Churches in Australia will follow World Refugee Day with the annual celebration of Refugee and Migrant Sunday, to be held on 28 August.
Visit the Australian Catholic Migrant and Refugee Office
Go to Catholic Diocese of Parramatta Social Justice Office
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