Wednesday, June 22, 2011

World Refugee Day warnings

Beware "hardening attitudes" towards refugees says Archbishop on the World Day for Refugees June 20
Archbishop Veglio

Archbishop Antonio Maria Veglio, speaking on Vatican Radio, said that refugees fleeing conflicts in their country should not be blamed for those conflicts.

The archbishop lamented growing anti-migrant sentiment in countries around the world and he invited "civil authorities and all people of good will to ensure refugees are welcomed and given dignified living conditions as they await the change to return freely and safely to their own countries."

Vancouver's Archdiocesan Office of Service and Justice advises pastors on refugee sponsorship. The archdiocese helped to resettle over 130 refugees in parish-based programs 2008.
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