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20th to 24th June is Refugee Week

This year Catholic Care is supporting Refugee Week – “Welcome a Stranger”

The small things we do can make such a positive difference in the lives of refugees. Please let us know how you have shared your talents to support refugees and tell us your stories of spreading hope.  info@catholic-care.org.uk

This week please join us in praying for those seeking sanctuary and for peace and security throughout the world.

Our Lord Jesus Christ knew what it was to have no place to lay his head: he himself began his earthly life as a refugee in exile, when with Mary and Joseph the Holy Family had to flee from Bethlehem to seek asylum in Egypt. The Lord himself commands us to love our neighbour, and at the end of time, will ask us if we have fed the hungry, clothed the naked and welcomed the stranger. Our love is not to be mere words, but active.

May our prayer today open our hearts to the compassion and mercy of God, so that the same compassion may overflow our hearts into practical care for those most in need.

O God, to whom no one is a stranger, and from whose help no one is ever distant, look with compassion on refugees and exiles, on segregated persons and lost children; restore them, we pray, to a homeland, and give us a kind heart for the needy and for strangers. Through our Lord, Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

In this year of mercy, Pope Francis invites us all to make a pilgrimage to mark “an extraordinary moment of grace and spiritual renewal” (Misericordiae Vultus).  The idea of pilgrimage is especially powerful in the light of the current migrant crisis.

Read more about the Lampedusa Cross  http://cafod.org.uk/Pray/Year-of-Mercy