“When we talk about migrants and displaced persons, all too often we stop at statistics. But it is not about statistics, it is about real people!”
Message for 106th World Day of Migrants and Refugees 2020
The statistics are unprecedented. At least 79.5 million people around the world were forced to flee their homes in 2019. Among them are nearly 26 million refugees “in search of security and a dignified life for themselves and for their families”. But this is not about statistics. It’s about real people. Real suffering.
How can we help?
In 2018, Pope Francis called us to respond with the use of four verbs. By choosing verbs, we have been given a clear message. A verb describes an action, occurrence or a state of being. Our response cannot be abstract.
Welcome. Protect. Promote. Integrate.
This year, Pope Francis in his message for the 106th World Day of Migrants and Refugees 2020, added six pairs of verbs that deal with very practical actions and are linked together in a relationship of cause and effect.
Know-Understand. Be close-Serve. Be reconciled-Listen. Grow-Share. Be involved-Promote. Cooperate-Build.
“Building the Kingdom of God is a duty common to all Christians, and for this reason it is necessary that we learn to cooperate, without yielding to the temptation to jealousy, discord and division”, Pope Francis wrote. "In the present context it should be reiterated: This is not a time for self-centredness, because the challenge we are facing is shared by all, without distinguishing between persons” (Urbi et Orbi Message, 12 April 2020). To preserve our common home and make it conform more and more to God’s original plan, we must commit ourselves to ensuring international cooperation, global solidarity and local commitment, leaving no one excluded.
How have we responded?
Promoting Catholic Social Teaching (CST) based on 21st century needs, is at the heart of the work in An Clochar. Our new project will provide English Language classes free to displaced people seeking refuge and protection, working with partners in Ireland who help migrants and refugees. Because of Covid-19, these classes will be provided online free.
If you would like to help, please contact us about our EFRAM Project.