Refugee Week, 16-23 June 2013

“I was a stranger
and you welcomed me…”
(Mat 25:35)

The 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees and its 1967 Protocol (commonly known as the Refugee Convention) defines a refugee as:  ” Any person who owing to a well founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion, is outside the country of his/her nationality and is unable, or owing to such fear, is unwilling to avail himself/herself of the protection of that country.”

During Refugee Week 2013 let us take time to celebrate the contribution refugees have made to our community and pray that all refugees will be respected, listened to and valued.

“In the midst of diverse people and cultures and in a spirit of openness and respect Marist Sisters are called to build community where those who are thirsting experience and belonging.” (General Chapter 2008)

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