Fear is an enemy of peace, and it makes people weak and fragile, Pietro Cardinal Parolin has said in his message to the people of God in South Sudan on the last day of his four-day visit to the East Central African country.
The Vatican Secretary of State concluded his four-day visit to South Sudan on August 17 by calling upon the people of God in the country to abandon they old ways of war and division, and to work towards conversion in their pursuit of peace and reconciliation.
The Vatican Secretary of State who arrived in South Sudan on August 14 on a four-day visit has comforted returnees and refugees in the Catholic Diocese of Malakal, who were displaced by the Sudan war that started on April 15 and expressed the closeness of the Holy Father with them.
June 20 is World Refugee Day, a day established by the United Nations to promote awareness of the estimated 27.1 million refugees displaced by violence and conflict across the globe.
Pope Francis appeared in the window of the Vatican’s Apostolic Palace on Sunday to make his first public speech since his release from the hospital on Friday.
In his message for the 109th World Day of Migrants and Refugees, released May 11, Pope Francis recognized the migratory flows of our times as “the expression of a complex and varied phenomenon” that requires analysis of the different stages, including the departure, arrival, and the possibility of returning to one’s homeland.
Before departing on his flight to Africa on Tuesday morning, Pope Francis met with a group of refugees and migrants from the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan at the Vatican.
After the 2014 launch of a national campaign to raise awareness about the scourge of human trafficking in Mozambique, the Episcopal Commission for Migrants, Refugees and Displaced Persons (CEMIRDE) of the Episcopal Conference of Mozambique (CEM) will hold workshops on human trafficking during the month of October in South Africa, an official has said.
The pope made the comment in his message for World Day of Migrants and Refugees 2022.
‘Through the intercession of St. John Paul II, God led us to this residence,’ said Eleanor Petritschenko.
Nearly 1.8 million people have entered Poland from Ukraine since the full-scale Russian invasion.
Almost 1.3 million Ukrainians have sought refuge in Poland.
Members of the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB) in Uganda have embarked on fresh training of Catechists among refugees in the country’s Catholic Archdiocese of Gulu to fill the gap that was left by Pastoral caregivers who went back to their homes in South Sudan.
A Catholic Priest in Zimbabwe coordinating an office of the Zimbabwe Catholic Bishops’ Conference (ZCBC) has highlighted the plight of refugees and migrants, saying that their lives entail “risking everything” in search of a better life.
Members of the Religious Institute of the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB) ministering in Egypt are empowering refugees and vulnerable Egyptians in the country’s capital, Cairo, with skills to initiate businesses.
The Archbishop of South Africa’s Johannesburg Archdiocese has expressed concern about the difficult lives of refugees and migrants, especially their challenging search for settlement, and suggested that the vulnerable group be considered “a new missionary territory”.
The plight of refugees and migrants as far as documentation is concerned can be addressed by the creation of an office that specifically deals with this vulnerable group in each Catholic Parish, a Catholic Archbishop in South Africa has proposed.
The group of about ten refugees are being supported directly by Pope Francis.
‘The number of people forced to flee their homelands continues to grow,’ the pope said.