Holy See calls for urgent action for solidarity and protection for refugees

Nearly 100 million people worldwide have been forced to flee their homes and leave their countries due to war or some form of persecution. Among the greater international problems, the issue of refugees and forced migrants is seen as one of the most urgent. Experts say that this is an issue that needs to be addressed at both local and global levels. 

Late last week, the Vatican released a document titled 'Welcoming Christ in Refugees and Forcibly Displaced Persons' intended as a guide for those who work and volunteer with refugees and forcibly displaced persons.

The document was released by the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and the Pontifical Council 'Cor Unum.

Pope Francis has insisted about the need to help refugees during these challenging times. Through this document, 'the Holy See is extending that call to all Christians so that the human dignity of the displaced and the refugees is respected in their country of origin and in their newly adopted countries.' (Rome Reports). 

JRS Malta Director Katrine Camilleri, who was present on the panel at the Vatican when the document was presented to the press and public, comments on the newly released document by the Vatican: 

On the one hand it make a very clear statement about the need to protect the dignity of the refugees, so it looks at our role as organizations and as individuals working for refugees. So, looking at people as individuals with rights non just as numbers, but individuals who need to be welcomed and cared for and respected.”

(Video credit: Rome Reports)

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