Johannesburg, 24 November, 2021 / 4:30 pm (ACI Africa).
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”.
In his Tuesday, November 23 homily, Archbishop Buti Joseph Tlhagale made reference to the situation of the Rohingya community, movement in Lebanon and Sudan, the situation in Belarus and that of people in South America attempting to enter the U.S. and how they suffer when denied permission for entry.
These groups, Archbishop Tlhagale said, “live and sleep in the open because they are denied permission to cross the boundaries… And that is why we are saying migrants and refugees are a new missionary territory these days.”
The South African Archbishop further said that historically, migrants and refugees were taken care of through a collective initiative and their challenges were sorted out by the society.
The Local Ordinary of Johannesburg Archdiocese who doubles as the Liaison Bishop for Migrants and Refugees of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) said that there is need for prayer in response to the situation of migrants and refugees.